Funeral services for Lyell Clark Sturman were Saturday, Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. at the Delano United Methodist Church with the Rev. Roger W. Wolsey officiating. Music was by Karen Otto, organist. Shandra Wolsey was soloist, with congregational singing.
Interment was in Delano Public Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dennis, Joshua and William Sturman, Kevin Shrode, Darrel Magnuson, and Richard Henning.
Lyell was born Jan. 8, 1915 to Clark and Malissa (Eckelberry) Sturman in Delano, Minn. He lived his entire life in this community.
Lyell attended the Welker Country and Delano Public Schools. He helped farm the home place until he enlisted in the army in November 1941. He faithfully and honorably served his country, both in the United States and Europe. He returned to Delano in December 1945.
After the war, Lyell worked for a short time setting tombstones for the Delano Granite Works. He left this to do concrete construction work. Lyell later had his own concrete business and did much work in the Delano area. He belonged to Bricklayer's Local #1 for 47 years.
On May 17, 1947, he married Alma Anna Johnson. They observed their fiftieth wedding anniversary this past spring.
Beside his wife, left to mourn his death are his children, Rebecca (Jim) Thorpe of Mound, Kevin of Maple Plain, Timothy (Denise) of San Antonio, Texas; daughter-in-law, Lynn Otremba of Wyoming, Minn. and seven grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his son, Robert; brothers, Raymond, Lester, Royal, Eddie and Russell; sisters, Alice, Dorie and Leola.
After the past months of failing health, he entered Abbott Northwestern Hospital Oct. 23 and passed away Nov. 24, 1997.
Along with his loving family, Lyell leaves behind him many dear relatives and friends. We will remember him for his quick wit and old-time storytelling and also his great love for nature and God's beautiful world.