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James A. "Whit" Sturm
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Birth: Sep. 26, 1918
Washington County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Apr. 30, 2005
Kansas City
Jackson County
Missouri, USA

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James A. ‘Whit' Sturm
26 September 1918 ~ 30 April 2005

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James A. ‘Whit' Sturm

James A. ‘Whit' Sturm, 86, Garnett, formerly of Centerville, was born September 26, 1918, at Ochelata, OK, the son of Curtis Abner and Anna Elizabeth Cox Sturm.

Mr. Sturm died Saturday, April 30, 2005 at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, MO.

He was a resident of Linn County most of his early years.

He and Pearl Jeanette Coleman were married on May 8, 1938.

To this union were born four children, Joyce Elizabeth, James Alvin, Joanna Kay, and John Allen.

He learned to weld from his father-in-law, Morton Coleman, and welded on the pipeline for several months, moving his family with its progress as far as Ohio. After the birth of his fourth child in Arkansas, his wife was diagnosed with tuberculosis and was confined to a hospital in Booneville, AR.

Jeanette passed away on July 10, 1951.

He then moved with his children, his mother and step-father to Linn County and opened his own welding and blacksmithing shop in Centerville.

He then moved the shop to Finley, north of Centerville, where he repaired farm machinery for farmers from all over the county. He moved his shop to his home in May of 1964 after the store at Finley burned and was not replaced.

Whit married Joyce Lynn Grant on February 5, 1966, at Mound City.

To this union was born one daughter, Jackie Lynn. After his marriage, he and Joyce were granted custody of Joyce's five younger siblings and helped to finish raising them.

He continued to weld until his heart surgery in November of 1986. He then retired from welding, and he and Joyce moved to Garnett.

He continued to enjoy his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandsons, the newest one born Tuesday, April 26, 2005. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather,
great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather.

Mr. Sturm was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis and Anna Sturm; his father-in-law, Morton A. Coleman; his brothers, LaClede Sturm and Glen Sturm; his sister, Mary Boody; and his first wife, Pearl Jeanette Coleman Sturm.

Whit is survived by his wife, Joyce, of the home; their daughter, Jackie Olson and her husband, John, of Garnett; his four children from his first marriage, Joyce Buckley and her husband, Jim, of Garnett; Jim Sturm and his wife, Janis, of Kansas City, KS, Joann Richardt and her husband, Steve, of Broken Arrow, OK, and John Sturm and his wife, Carol, of Blytheville, AR; his sister, Blanche Purdy of Anderson, MO; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandsons; and many nieces and nephews.

Musical selections included "My Heart Will Go On" and "Grandpa", as recorded music.

Casketbearers were Randy Keel, Joe Wight, Jeff Buckley, Eugene Eng, Dennis Roberts, and Josh Wight.

Honorary casketbearers were Wes Gadelman, Jake Gadelman, Tim McCarty, Ryan Keel, Matt Roberts, Stephen Callow, and Tyler Keel.

Whit was well known and liked and will be missed by all.

Funeral services were Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at Farris-Feuerborn Memorial Chapel with Rev. Gary Benjamin officiating.

Interment was in Pleasanton, KS.

The family suggests memorials to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.

Farris-Feuerborn Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements."

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Feuerborn Family Funeral Service
219 S. Oak Street,
P.O. Box 408
Garnett, KS 66032

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Family links: 
  Curtis A. Sturm (1867 - 1933)
  Mary Elizabeth Sturm Boody (1907 - 1990)*
  LaClede Sturm (1909 - 1923)*
  James A. Sturm (1918 - 2005)
  Blanche Kay Sturm Purdy (1922 - 2009)*
*Calculated relationship
Pleasanton Cemetery
Linn County
Kansas, USA
Created by: Orlena
Record added: Sep 21, 2009
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James A. Whit Sturm
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