The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


November 27, 2010

Cecil L. Sturgeon

DANVILLE — Cecil L. Sturgeon, 89, of Danville, passed away at 2:10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010, at North Logan Health Care Center in Danville.

Cecil was born May 28, 1921, in Magnolia, Ind., the son of the late John and Jessie (Odle) Sturgeon.

Cecil married Violet Eastridge on Sept. 27, 1947, in Crawford County, Ind. She preceded him in death. He married Evelyn Grace Schlorff on March 4, 1984. She survives.

Other survivors include three sons, Charles L. and Dana (Morris) Sturgeon of Kilbourn, Ill., Colbert W. Sturgeon of Valdosta, Ga., and Gary L. and Kathy (Jenkins) Sturgeon of Danville; a daughter, Barbara S. (Sturgeon) and Stephen A. Tallman of Danville; four step-sons, Gary and Lynn Brauninger of Covington, Ind., Rick and Shirley Brauninger of West Frankfort, Mark Brauninger of Chicago and Bruce and Jenny Brauninger, of Danville; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Kenneth R. Sturgeon and William L. Sturgeon; a son, Floyd E. Sturgeon; and one grandson, Matthew S. Tallman.

Cecil was a corporal in the Army Air Force, 389th Bomb Squad, during WWII.

He was full of fun, devoted to God and loved people unselfishly.

So many stories could be shared that would speak of his kindness to the lonely, rejected and the poor, but his heart could best be summed in these words shared by a stranger to one of Cecil’s sons, “My family would not have eaten had it not been for your father.”

Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29, at Pape Memorial Home and Gardens, with Rev. James Ford officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be given to Abundant Life Church, 400 N. Logan, Danville, IL 61832, where Cecil had been an active member and deacon for 22 years. Guest register:

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