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David K. “Ken” Sturges, Jr.

David K. “Ken” Sturges, Jr.

February 20, 1944 - January 11, 2019     Age: 74

David Kenneth “Ken” Sturges, 74, of Fernandina Beach was peacefully called home to spend eternity with the Lord, on Friday, January 11, 2019 at Baptist Medical Center Nassau.

He was born in Fernandina Beach and was a son of the late David Kenneth Sturges, Sr. and Isabell McCall Sturges.

He was a member of the Fernandina Beach High School class of 1961 and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Jacksonville University.  He married Nancy Adams Sturges in 1969. They had two beautiful children, Susannah and David.  His degree in Mathematics allowed him to start work as an Auditor at the Florida National Bank.  While working at the bank, he was presented with the opportunity to work at Prudential Insurance Company as an agent with his Father.   After ten years with Prudential, he found his calling in teaching Math in the Nassau County School System until retirement. Throughout this time he also mentored youth by being a Scoutmaster of Troop 213. He was able to do this by being one of the first on the island to achieve the honor of Eagle Scout.  He received other distinguished leadership honors in scouting which included becoming a Silver Beaver.

 In 2002, with his son he established Sturges and Sturges Construction, Inc.  One of his ways to give back to the community was building toy cradles by hand, for young children.  He discovered a passion for genealogy as a founding member of the Amelia Island Genealogical Society.  While researching, he discovered and documented that he was a Florida Pioneer Descendant through his relative Daniel Duhart Sturges.

 He had a love of cooking that was well received through the community; from the pineapple upside down cakes to his famous gumbo.  There was always a recipe to be had from the Sturges Grocery Cookbook. He created the cookbook to honor his family’s grocery store, which was the first one to carry fresh vegetables on the island. 

Ken was a long time devoted member of the Catholic Church.  He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying camping, hunting and fishing. Ken was a member of the Local Masonic Lodge #47.  It was said, he never met a stranger.

He leaves behind his wife of 49 years, Nancy Adams Sturges; his two children, Susannah Sturges Chase and her husband, Trevor, of Apopka, Florida and Daniel David Sturges and his fiancé, Kelly LaMar of Fernandina Beach; his sisters and brother, Margaret Harris and her husband, Rodney, of Jacksonville, Walter Sturges and his wife, Susan, of Fernandina Beach, Priscilla Slover of Fernandina Beach and Carol Cason and her husband, Sammy, also of Fernandina Beach; four grandchildren, Samantha Sturges, David Noah Sturges, Isabell Sturges and Kenneth Chase as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 5:00 until 7:00 PM with the Rosary being recited beginning at 6:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Michael’s Catholic Church with Fr. Richard Perko, Celebrant.

He will be laid to rest near his parents at Bosque Bello Cemetery.

Those desiring may make contributions, in his memory, to the Local Boy Scout Troop 89, in care of Pat McCarthy, 95185 Flatwoods Trail, Fernandina Beach,  Florida  32034

20 Condolences

  • Linda Howison Posted January 11, 2019 8:36 am

    So sorry for your loss. Kenny was a Fernandina hero to so many, mentoring and caring for our boys, so many are where they are because he cared. He will be sorely missed. Praying for you all

  • Lillian Mayer Crotts Posted January 11, 2019 4:19 pm

    Ken you and my dad can hammer away in heaven.
    Our family will always remember “Frank Mayer” Day that was made possible because of you. Thank you for your friendship. A beautiful memory between two men that loved to build and help others.

  • Kathleen M Newton Posted January 11, 2019 4:33 pm

    You Will Be Extremely Missed Mr. Ken. I became very fond of you very fast. Fly High Handsome.

  • Brenda and Tom Williams Posted January 12, 2019 7:06 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers Lifted for the family. May God comfort your family at this time of sorrow . Ken was one of Tom’s ushers at our wedding .????

  • Cj Posted January 12, 2019 11:14 pm

    I Will miss this great man,he is a as good as they get

  • Mr. John Joseph Cascone Posted January 13, 2019 9:35 am

    Our prayers are with your family and we will miss Ken and all his good deeds throughout his life.

  • Larry Wesley Posted January 13, 2019 10:31 am

    So sorry to hear this sad news.I worked for Sturges grocery store when I was in high school and the Sturges family was so very special to me

  • Carl and Barbara Posted January 13, 2019 11:00 am

    Barbara and I are praying for your families and we will miss Ken and his working with the scouts of Nassau County. A true man that was respected in his faith and by his peers. A good friend, rest in peace.

  • Jimmy & Jerrie Moore Posted January 13, 2019 1:20 pm

    Many fond memories from school days, through Scouts, through Jaycee days and more. He was known for his “feast” meals at Boy Scout camp outs and always doing more than his fair share. So sorry for your loss. Jimmy & Jerrie Moore

  • Robyn and Doug Potter Posted January 13, 2019 3:46 pm

    Great guy…last time we saw him was right before Christmas…told a cute and funny joke at Publix…sorry for your loss

  • Dianne Febles Posted January 13, 2019 5:54 pm

    Great neighbor! I will miss his humor and storytelling. Our condolences to all of his family.

  • Julie Ferreira Posted January 14, 2019 10:56 am

    I was incredibly sad to hear about Kenny’s passing. Kenny will be remembered as a loyal friend and family member who always went out of his way to help others. His stories and sense of humor drew people to him everywhere he went. He will be missed.

  • Larry & Barbara O’Hagan Posted January 14, 2019 4:23 pm

    Barbara and I were sad to hear about Kenny’s passing. I have spent the last two days recounting memories of growing up on Beech Street and Kenny is a part of so many of them. I warmly remember the time he and my grandmother came to the rescue in the middle of the night, when my car broke down in Blackshear GA. God Bless you Kenny.

  • Frances Wentz Taber Posted January 14, 2019 11:52 pm

    My caring support to my long-time friend, Nancy.

  • Juliana Heady Durr Posted January 16, 2019 6:58 pm

    Prayers and hugs to Ken’s family. I loved running into him on the streets of FB and at the grocery store. He always had a smile, hug and he definitely had two or three stories for you!
    He was also a great mentor for young teachers ! His advice was always appreciated … love and many happy memories…

  • Miriam Saleeby Megowan Posted January 16, 2019 9:39 pm

    Very sorry for your loss. May God cradle you in His arms and comfort you in your loss. My thoughts and prayers with all of you. When the Lord calls our loved ones home, He leaves a gift of memories in exchange. My parents were good friends of David’s parents.

  • Gail Cook Posted January 17, 2019 4:45 pm

    Teaching math to middle school students had to be a challenge. I will always be grateful for the time he spent with my youngest daughter when she was struggling to get a math concept. He never made her feel bad about taking longer to grasp the task. She had him in 6th grade and went back for help while she was in middle school because she knew that he would patiently explain the steps until she would say “I GOT IT” Now his work here on earth is done I hope that you are comforted by the MANY lives that he touched and made better.

  • Kim Lyons Willis Posted January 18, 2019 2:24 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Ken’s passing. Know that family and friends will be lifted in prayer as you go through this difficult time. I remember well hanging out at the house when we were kids and having such a great time in our neighborhood.

  • Tamara Howard Posted February 24, 2019 7:21 pm

    My heart just skipped a beat when I saw this… I was a CNA at Quality Health during his stay there and he came and found me and presented me with his cook book that I still have to this day. Prayers to the family.

  • Tiffany Morris Posted April 8, 2019 12:42 pm

    I am so sorry to be just now hearing this. I will always remember Mr. Sturges for teaching me math back in middle school. Then fast forward a decade or two and for all the stories he used to tell when he came into the bank, not to mention how he loved to make us special treats with his grand kids. We truly lost a great one here.

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