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George Benjamin Sturgis, 97, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday evening, November 17, 2009 at Spectrum Health-United Hospital, Greenville. The son of Ezra Carl & Della A. (Kelch) Sturgis, he was born on Nov. 6, 1912 in St. Johns.

Although his education in Engineering School at the University of Michigan was cut short by the economic realities of the Great Depression, George continued to use his analytical mind and could fix, build, or repair anything, was skilled in just about all the building trades, and was an avid reader and lifelong learner.

On March 24, 1934 in St. Johns, he married the former Mildred Belle Sperry. Together, they raised five children and were blessed with over 74 years of marriage. A deeply spiritual man, George was a long time member of the East Congregation of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses in Greenville, and throughout his life began the day with Bible study. His favorite scripture was Matthew 24:14 and he will be remembered praying, That Gods kingdom is the only solution to all the worlds problems. He looked forward to the blessings of the kingdom, especially the promise of the resurrection. Acts 24:15

For 30 years, George worked for the Grand Trunk Western railroad as a telegrapher and depot agent at stations around the state including Owosso, Caseville, Muir, Middleton, Greenville, and Sheridan. He enjoyed helping friends and neighbors, and at 97 was still riding his bicycle, raking leaves, and even cleaned his gutters this fall.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Belle Sturgis on February 10, 2009; an infant daughter, Martha Sturgis; his parents; and an toddler brother, Deward Sturgis.

Surviving are his children, Martella & Joseph Greenwood of Greenville, Carolyn & Paul Maue of Taylor, Texas, Eunice & Ronald Rondeau of Swartz Creek, Lois Martinez of Greenville, and Timothy Sturgis of Lansing; five grandchildren, Jonathan Greenwood, Joanna Willison, Suzette Regina, Stephen Rondeau, and Abigail Baragrey; seven great grandchildren; four nieces; and numerous close friends.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at the Greenville Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 915 Industrial Park Drive at M-57 East. Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place with burial following in St. Johns.

Contributions in Georges memory may be directed to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses-East Congregation.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Georges online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.

The Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Greenville, was entrusted with the arrangements.


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  1. Anonymous on November 17, 2009 at 12:00 am


    12/09/2009 –

    ToniLee Robinson

    Dear Sturgis Family,
    Please know that my sincerest sympathies, thoughts, and prayers are with you at this time of your great loss. I truly wish I could be with all of you on December 12, but as I explained to Lois, I have another obligation that I am unable to miss or change.
    Your father truly left a mark on my heart, as has all of you. What a wonderful spiritual example he set, not only for all of you, but also our family. I think the first scripture that I learned was Rev.21:4, as he used it often in service. I also remember the book study at your home,and how he made my favorite book,the old, “Your Will Be Done On Earth”, come alive for me. That book was full of history, as it taught us about the march of the world powers. I also remember him walking home from work at the Ovid Depot, and coming in the back fence gate. This was at the special times I had been invited to join your family for dinner, after school, for the study. How I missed all of this after your parents moved to Greenville. There are many memories I have about your Dad, from being in the same car group for service, to hearing his talks at the Kingdom Hall. I truly look forward to seeing him again in Jehovah’s new world.
    May Jehovah give you his strength and holy spirit, as you go through this difficult time.
    Much Love, ToniLee

    12/02/2009 –

    Julie (Martin) Kern

    Though I did not know Brother Sturgis well, the strong dedication and devotion to Jehovah that he and his wife had is very evident in his family. Thank you for the encouraging example that you carry on to your respective congregations. May your memories and your scriptural hope bring you comfort until that blessed day we get to welcome our loved ones back into our arms. With sympathy.

    11/28/2009 –

    Valjene Kramer

    Dear Sturgis Family,
    We were very sorry to hear about your dad. He was a beautiful pillar in Jehovah’s congregation for almost a century. What an honor and privilege our whole family had to have been taught by him and your mom. Because of your dad I learned things about Jehovah at a very early age that became the foundation of my relationship with him. When he conducted the book study in Ovid, I really appreciated that he took the time to include all of the children. I remember him going around the room and asking just the children questions at the end of the study – such as taking turns naming the books of the bible in order. When we studied the “Babylon the Great” book, he broke it down for us little ones by asking us questions like what the 7 world powers were, and what the wild beasts represented, and many other things so that we would understand about Jehovah. And of course, there were always fun things in service – from somehow fitting 10 people into your little Ford Falcon – :0/ – to playing all kinds of Bible games to keep us entertained. He will always be very special to me, as was your mom, and each of you are. While he and your mom are sleeping for a little while, may Jehovah give all of you comfort and strength to carry on in his beautiful service! (2 Cor. 1:3,4)
    With heartfelt christian love and sympathy,
    Valjene Kramer

    11/19/2009 –

    helen raya

    I am sorry for your loss, you are all in my prayers. With love Helen

    11/19/2009 –

    Donna Roberts

    Sorry to hear about your lost Tuesday. Will be praying for you. Love you all.

    11/19/2009 –

    Patricia Johnson

    George was a kind and sincere loving man, who loved Jehovah as well as his family and friends. I will hold his memory close to my heart for he was a treasured friend. My thoughts and prayers are with his family on this sad day. I know that you will all welcome him back one day with tears of joy instead of sadness. With warmth and deepest love your friend and sister Pat

    Alex & Teresa Rinckey

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sturgis family. What very special mightiness George had.

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