Ralph Sturkey Jr.

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SALISBURY - Mr. Ralph Jefferson Sturkey, Jr., 95, died in his home in Salisbury on Aug. 6, 2012.

Mr. Sturkey was born July 15, 1917, in Plum Branch, S.C., to the late Ralph Jefferson and Lucille Humphreys Sturkey. He was preceded in death by brothers Lawrence H. Sturkey of Charlotte and Charles E. Sturkey of Rock Hill, S.C.

Mr. Sturkey graduated from McCormick High School, McCormick, S.C., Class of 1934. After receiving his degree in Economics and Business Administration, he graduated from Catawba College in 1939. He then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and after completing Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Va., he received his commission in August 1942. As a Marine Officer, he served with distinction as a staff adjutant to the Chief of Staff for Lieutenant General Keller E. Rockey, 5th Headquarters Battalion, 5th Marine Division where he participated in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa before serving with the Third Amphibious Corps during the occupation of Chingtao and Tientsin, Northern China.

After World War II, Mr. Sturkey joined A.B. Dick, an office equipment company in Chicago, Illi., in 1945 as an Employee Relations Manager. While at A.B. Dick, Mr. Sturkey participated in numerous professional development courses at Harvard University and ascended to the position of Vice President, Human Resources before his retirement in 1972. After spending 22 years in Mt. Dora, Fla., as a private investor and then retiree, Mr. Sturkey returned to Salisbury in 2004. He was a Charter Member of the Men's Golden Rule Sunday School Class, First United Methodist Church, Salisbury.

Mr. Sturkey is survived by his beloved wife of 28 years, Eloise Sunkel Tanis Sturkey of Herman, Mo.; sisters Margaret Chandler, Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Mary Ann Greenland, Salisbury; an extremely devoted and caring niece, Lynn Sturkey Seymour and husband Wayne of Eden; seven nephews; and four nieces.

The family expresses a profound debt of gratitude to Mr. Sturkey's caregiver team who allowed him to remain in his home at Trinity Oaks and lead a full, dignified life. Many thanks are expressed to Dr. Brent Siefert, Sheila Sherrill, Melvia Misenheimer, Sue Cress, Denise Sutton, Rhonda Moody, Ann Horton, Teresa Jackson, Betty Price, Karen McRae, Emma Ingram and Ranae Fletcher.

Visitation: The family will receive friends 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 9) at Summersett Funeral Home.

Service: A funeral service will be held Friday (Aug. 10) at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, conducted by Rev. Steve Haines, Minister of First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at City Memorial Park with military honors being conducted by Rowan County Veteran Honor Guard and Marine Corps Honor Guard.

Memorials: First United Methodist Church, New Building Fund, 217 S. Church St., Salisbury, NC 28144; or The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, 3800 Fettler Park Drive, Suite 104, Dumfries, VA 22025.

Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Sturkey family. Online condolences may be made at www.summersettfuneralhome.com.

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Summersett Funeral Home, Inc. & Cremation Center - Salisbury
1315 West Innes Street  Salisbury, NC 28144
(704) 633-2111
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Published in Salisbury Post from Aug. 7 to Aug. 8, 2012
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