Willard ‘David’ Sturgis, 70

Willard “David” Sturgis, 70, passed away in his home on Sept. 27, 2018, with his dedicated wife by his side. He was loved by family and friends. He was born on Oct. 28, 1947, to Willard William Sturgis and Ruth Elizabeth Sturgis.

Sturgis grew up in New Castle, Del., was an altar boy at Our Lady of Fatima from first to eighth grade, attended Salesianum School from ninth to 11th grade and graduated from William Penn High School. While he attended school, he played the accordion. For many years, he lived in the Bear, Del., area, until moving to Millsboro, Del., in 2003.

Sturgis, who was also lovingly referred to as “Dave,” was a plumber and belonged to Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 74. He worked on many projects and new buildings over the years. He also served in the U.S. Air National Guard as head cook for six years.

He loved many things, including traveling to Florida with his wife, watching football, gardening, playing gin rummy and walking his dog, Bennie. Sturgis was an avid sports fanatic, whether he was playing or watching his favorite teams. He also loved having conversations with his siblings and friends. Sturgis was a generous man. As a Catholic who proudly confessed Jesus as the son of God, he knew he wanted to go to Heaven and be reunited with his family someday. He will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.

Sturgis was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Jane Kalmbacher, who is now in Heaven. He is survived by his wife and best friend, Gayle; five adult children, Michelle Ann Falla and her husband, Brian, and Brett David Sturgis, and stepsons Shaine, Dustin and Ryan; 11 grandchildren; three brothers, Daniel Eugene Sturgis, Stephen Joseph Sturgis and his wife, Bonnie, and Paul Gerald Sturgis and his wife, Brenda; a sister, Ellen Marie Saienni and her husband, Michael; many nieces and nephews; and a great-grandson on the way.

Services were to be held Nov. 3, 2018, at Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck chapel, near Millsboro, Del. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

“You made your final touchdown and went straight to the pearly gates. We are proud to call you husband, Brother, and Dad. Love, your Wife and family.”