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Iris Sturgis

Iris Sturgis

Services for Iris L. Sturgis, 98, Norfolk, will be at Wall Cemetery in Denton, Mo., at a later date.

She died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.

Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.


Iris was born on May 4, 1921, in Denton, Mo., to Ira and Evadna (Daniel) Wall. She had one brother, Daniel Lee R. Wall, all of whom preceded her in death.

In 1944, she married Kenneth Sturgis of Holden, Mo., and after World War II, they made their home in Warrensburg, Mo. They had one son, Daniel K. Sturgis of Norfolk.

Iris is survived by her son and his spouse, Barbara; a granddaughter, Samantha (Steven Reuland) of Denver, Colo.; a great-grandson, Josh D. Reuland of Denver; and a grandson, Kenneth A. Sturgis (spouse Josie Gerrietts) of Des Moines, Iowa.

Iris and her family were dedicated to education and after graduation from Central Missouri State College with a bachelor’s degree in education, she taught in rural schools in western Missouri. She obtained a master’s degree in counseling in 1958 and became the school counselor at Warrensburg Public High School.

Later, she obtained a specialists degree in education and finally a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She taught at the University of Central Missouri and finished her career as director of special education for Holden, Mo., schools. She retired to rural Warrensburg and, following the death of her spouse, moved to Foxwood Village, a retirement community in Raymore, Mo. She moved to Norfolk two years ago to be nearer to her family.

Iris was a true child of the Depression and retained many of the virtues that people of that generation held dear. She was very conservative with money but was very generous to others.

She spent much of her life trying to improve herself and also to improve the situation of those around her, opening the eyes of many students to the possibilities of post high school education even though they initially had no plans to do so.

She encouraged all to explore who they were and to invest in reaching their potential. Iris will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know her. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

In other news

NORFOLK — Services for Patricia A. Kropp, 85, Omaha, formerly of Battle Creek, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Home for Funerals Chapel at 708 Georgia Ave. in Norfolk. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery.

YANKTON — Services for Rodger E. Johnson, 89, Yankton, formerly of Northeast Nebraska, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at First United Methodist Church in Yankton. The Rev. Ron Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton.

BLOOMFIELD — Services for James Huttmann, 76, Bloomfield, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield. The Rev. Jacob Bobby will officiate with burial at a later date.

WISNER — Services for Vera M. Hansen, 97, Pilger, are pending at Minnick Funeral Home in Wisner. She died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, at the Stanton Health Center.

NORFOLK — Memorial services for Dorothy I. Currie, 98, Norfolk, formerly of rural Elgin, will be at a later date at Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk. She died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at her residence in Norfolk.

WAYNE — Services for Wilbur Heithold, 85, Wayne, are pending at Hasemann Funeral Home in Wayne. He died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, at Wayne Country View Care.

Services for Timothy T. Hughes, 84, Urbandale, Iowa, will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Des Moines, Iowa. Burial will be in the Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.

O’NEILL — Services for Sharlene Summers, 72, O’Neill, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at the First United Methodist Church in O’Neill. The Rev. Brian Loy will officiate. Burial will be in the O’Neill Cemetery.

TILDEN — Services for Betty E. Schwarting, 92, Oakdale, will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at the United Methodist Church in Oakdale. John Petersen will officiate with burial in Oakdale Cemetery.

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Jimmy Johns