Logan County Colorado Pioneers
Theodore H. Sturbaum, son John H. Sturbaum, brother Peter P. Sturbaum, 9 North 50 West
Lawrence Paul Forrest, 92, of Hannibal, passed away at 1:10 a.m. Wednesday (May 13, 2015) at his home. Mr. Forrest was born May 27, 1922, in Neligh, Neb., to Lawrence Charles Sturbaum and Edna Grace Willoughby. His mother later married Milton Harold "Jack" Forrest.
He was married to Clementine "Clemia" K. Venneman on Sept. 18, 1948, in Wein. She died June 6, 2007.
Mr. Forrest was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran. He served his country during World War II, earning three Bronze Stars. Mr. Forrest was inducted into the service in December 1942 at Fort Riley, Kan., and was discharged Oct. 15, 1945, at Scott Field in St. Louis. After his time in the service, he went to work on the systems bridge crew for the Sante Fe Railroad. He later worked as a trooper for the Missouri State Highway Patrol for 32 years, retiring as a corporal in August 1982.
Larry loved to hunt and fish, and he enjoyed traveling, but the greatest gift he gave to his family was his love for life and his desire for the outdoors. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.
Survivors include four sons, Lawrence C. Forrest (Karen) of Quincy, Ill., Stephen K. Forrest (Alice) of Bloomington-Normal, Ill., Charles Kevin Forrest (Cindy) of Knob Noster and Ernest P. Forrest (Teresa) of St. Louis; one sister, Patricia Evans of Lee's Summit; nine grandchildren, Charles Forrest, Sabrina Howser, Laura Ramnath, Hannah Krauss, Heather Krauss, Alex Forrest, Kayla Forrest, Mason Latta and Althea Birkett; and four great-grandchildren, Charles Edward Forrest, Alexia Howser, Korra Howser and Hannah Shonn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Milton Harold "Jack" Forrest; and one sister, Frances Proze.
SERVICES: 10 a.m. Monday, June 8, memorial service, with full military rites by the Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post 55, will at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home at Hannibal. The Rev. Tim Goodman will officiate. Private burial will be at a later date at Holy Family Catholic Cemetery.There will be a luncheon for family and friends at the Rustic Oak Restaurant in the Huck Finn Shopping Center right after the services. MEMORIALS: Holy Family Catholic School, in care of the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.
ARRANGEMENTS: James O'Donnell Funeral Home, Hannibal.
John H. "Harry" Sturbaum, 85, of 318 Walnut St., died May 21, 1981 in a Sterling hospital.
Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens with military honors from the American Legion Post No. 20. Mr. Sturbaum was born Aug. 11, 1896, in Snyder, Neb. to Theodore H. and Mary A. Meyer Sturbaum. He moved to Iliff with his parents in 1906 and homesteaded on a small ranch five miles south of that town. He was a veteran of World War I and was honorably discharged from the United States Army Dec. 3, 1918. On June 10, 1930, he married Eleanor M. Quint at Iliff. Mr. Sturbaum served as postmaster in Iliff until his retirement in 1969, when the couple moved to Sterling. He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 20 year member of Barracks No. 2823 and has served as the commandery officer for the past 15 years. In addition, Mr. Sturbaum was a life member of the American Legion Post No. 20 and the Last Squad. He joined the Knights of Columbus in 1931 and was a third degree life member. He was also past president of AARP and NARF and National League of Postmasters of the United States. He is survived by his widow, Eleanor M. Sturbaum, 318 Walnut; three sons, Donald Sturbaum, Erving, Texas, and Gerald Sturbaum and Marvin Sturbaum, both of Longmont; three daughters, Mrs. Rita Sewald of Thornton, Mrs. Sharon Tindell, Englewood, and Mrs. Mary Ellen Uhrig of Ft. Morgan. Two brothers, R.B. Sturbaum, of Canon City and Marvin P. Sturbaum of Warner Robins, Ga.; a sister, Leona Stoos of Acoma, Calif.; 27 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Eleanor died in 1995 -
Mrs. Sturbaum was born May 7, 1907, to Peter M. and Margaret Knoll Quint in Hays, Kansas. She was raised and attended school in Hays. She moved to Sterling when she was 16 and finished her schooling. She worked in retail sales as a clerk in Sterling. She married John H. "Harry" Sturbaum on June 10, 1930 in Iliff. After their marriage, they moved to Iliff, where they farmed until 1940. They purchased a grocery store in Iliff, working there until their retirement in 1961.
Gerald "Jerry" John Sturbaum, age 74, passed away into his new life on January 4, 2011 at Longmont United Hospital. Jerry was born on June 18, 1936 to Eleanor Marie (Quint) and John Henry Sturbaum at Bunce Hospital, Sterling, Colorado.
Jerry grew up in Iliff, Colorado on a dairy farm and later moved to town and lived above the grocery store helping his parents with the store in Iliff. After graduation from Iliff High School, he attended Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado.
On December 18, 1956, he volunteered for the U.S. Army and attended basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas, then went to Fort Devens, Massachusetts for Morse Code training.
In 1957, after training, he was shipped to Okinawa, Japan and assigned to the Army Security Agency as a Morse Code Operator. While on Okinawa, he participated in football and wrestling and competed against Okinawa, Korean, and Japanese teams. He was also a member of the ASA Island Championship Flag Football team in 1958. He was honorably discharged on December 24, 1959.
After being discharged, Jerry attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, and in 1961 received his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. His first teaching job was in Rangely, Colorado, from 1961 to 1967. Jerry married Betty Darleen (Tucker) Sturbaum. The love of his life gave him five beautiful children.
With the guidance of his father-in-law, Alvy Lloyd Tucker, he learned to play golf at the Slush Pit Country Club (oil/sand mixture for the greens and fairways made of dirt) in Rangely.
The family later moved to Longmont, Colorado where Jerry taught grades five and six for the St. Vrain Valley School District. His favorite subjects to teach were science and math. He taught math and science to all grades for two years at Mountain View Elementary School. The school district moved sixth grade to the Middle School, but Jerry remained at the elementary level and taught fifth grade for the St. Vrain Valley School District until retirement in 1998. Jerry had a total of 37 years teaching in Colorado, retiring at the age of 62. After two years, Jerry's passion for teaching led him to become a substitute for ten more years in the district. The last few years Jerry worked with special needs children. He found he had been given the gift of working with these beautiful children. He totally loved his job.
Jerry was a lifetime member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Jerry served his parish as a trainer of Acolytes (Mass Servers) for ten years, and his wife assisted him with the scheduling of the servers.
Jerry was very active as a Webelos and Boy Scout leader for more than 30 years. He led many summer and winter campouts. He also worked with the Boy Scouts to help them attain the church awards: Parvuli Dei (Webelos), Ad Altare Dei, as well as the Eagle Scouts. His three sons each received the above awards, and he was such a very proud father when they each attained the Eagle Scout award.
Jerry received the St. George Emblem Award for Excellence by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting. This award recognized him for the spiritual development of Catholic Youth in the program of the Boy Scouts of America. Adults who receive this award are also, entitled to wear a purple BSA Religious Knot over their left pocket. Jerry received this award during a Scout Award Mass under Archbishop Casey.
Jerry and Betty were involved in the Cursillo Movement with Jerry making his 3-day weekend (1971) at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He lived a life of piety and was always leading others to live a life centered on Jesus Christ.
Jerry was a member of the Elks club since 1961, where he and Betty loved to go dancing at the club as well as at church.
Jerry and his family loved the outdoors, which found them hunting deer, elk, geese and duck, camping, fishing, water skiing, snow skiing, as well as cross country skiing, which he did not like but skied for Betty.
Jerry loved his Broncos. For many years, Jerry and Betty attended many home games at Mile High Stadium and later INVESCO Field. Betty endured the long wintery seasons knowing in return Jerry would accompany her to the Buell Theater.
Jerry was a member of ASA Okinawa Association starting in 1999 and was excited to travel with his wife to visit his buddies in the areas where the yearly functions were held.
Jerry was an excellent "honey do" man of all trades, helping his parents build a beautiful house in Iliff, as well as adding a family room onto his existing home in Longmont.
Jerry won a wrestling competition at the age of 62, wrestling a 30 year old and he won! He was so proud! Although a very avid sports person, he dedicated his life to his faith and family.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, John Henry and Eleanor Marie Sturbaum and an older brother, Donald of Texas.
Jerry is survived by this beloved wife of over 49 years, Betty, and daughters Katrina (Ray) Pahlmann of Henderson, Nevada, Rachelle (Steve) Owens of Englewood, Colorado; sons Christopher (Pam) Sturbaum of Spokane, Washington, Vincent (Michi) Sturbaum of Yokosuka, Japan and Gregory (Ana Child) Sturbaum of Melbourne, Australia; grandchildren Rachel Pahlmann, John, Thomas and Phillip Owens, Ashlin and Abigail Sturbaum, Michael and Jennifer Sturbaum, Yuri, Hiroki, Yoshiaki Oomae; brothers and sisters Rita (Earl) Sewald, Marvin (RoseMary) Sturbaum, Sharon Tindell, and Mary Ellen (Ron) Uhrig; Aunt Lurene McCoy of Denver and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 5-8PM on Friday, January 21, 2011 at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel with Vigil Service beginning at 7PM. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10AM on Saturday, January 22nd at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, followed by interment at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (memo) Uganda Mission. Donations may be mailed to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.
Jerry was an honorable man, teacher, spiritual leader, great father and husband and loved by everyone! He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, students and community, but he will live on forever