Services: Have been held.
Jack Sturman, 82, of Tulia, Texas, died Friday, June 25, 2004, at his home.
He was born on May 21, 1922, in Elida, to John Floyd and Ruby Bell Sturman.
He was preceded in death by his wife.
He married Wanda Haislip on Dec. 24, 1950, in Portales. They moved to Tulia in 1951, where they owned and operated J-Gee Department Store for 50 years. He was a member of the American Legion, Tulia Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis and the Swisher County Industrial Foundation. He volunteered in 1942 for service in the United States Army.
Family members said his training included Peery, Ohio and Camp Campbell in Kentucky (now Fort Campbell) where they formed the Ordinance Maintenance Battalion of the 12th Armored Division. The division was deployed in France in support of Patton’s 3rd Army in its drive through France to Germany. His division was pulled out of the line by General Patton to move to the support of the embattled forces at Bastogne, gaining the title of the “Mystery Division of this Division.” The unit then veered south into Austria. He suffered injuries when his heavy equipment vehicle struck a land mine. He received the French Commemorative Medal “Croix de Guerre” (French military decoration for bravery in action) and a personal letter of commendation from then-President Harry Truman.
Survivors include a son, Craig Sturman of Amarillo; a daughter, Jeffie Hamar of Clovis; two brothers, Bill of Fresno, Calif., and Frank of Boise, Idaho; two sisters, Floydene Groves of Las Cruces and Janie Sturman of Salina, Calif.; two grandchildren, Cricket Hamar of Los Angeles and Tyler Hamar of Portales.
The Rev. Charles Davenport will officiate the services.
Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Tulia.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 450, Tulia, Texas 79088.
Arrangements are by Wallace Funeral Home of Tulia.