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Charley Sturges

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Sturges, Charley "Bozo"

Charley ""Bozo" Sturges, 87, passed away in a local hospital, Wednesday, May 11,2016, with family members present.

Bozo, as he was affectionately called, was born in Sudan, Texas on June 5,1928. One of six children, he lived most of his life in the Estancia Valley in New Mexico, where he moved with his parents in 1929. He returned to Lubbock, Texas for several years, where he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Jean Van Meter. They returned to New Mexico in 1953 and he spent the rest of his active life in the Estancia Valley as a successful businessman.

He is survived by his son, Frank, and daughter-in-law, Nita, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Also surviving Bozo is his sister, Alma Sturges Daniels.

Bozo was a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason and in recent years enjoyed participation in a local writers group.

The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be sent the Roswell Public Library, 404 W. 2nd, Roswell, NM 88203; the Estancia Public Library, 600 S. 10th St, Estancia, NM 87016; or the Roswell Masonic Heritage Trust, 2305 W. College Blvd, Roswell, NM 88201. At his request, there will not be any burial services scheduled.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at

Published in Albuquerque Journal on May 15, 2016
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