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Douglas Craig Sturma

Douglas Craig Sturma, 72, of Sioux Falls, SD, formerly of Aberdeen, SD, was born on June 27, 1948, in Ellendale, ND to Richard and Frances (Gregory) Sturma. He passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, July 27, 2020 surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Doug grew up in Fullerton, ND where he spent his adolescence hunting and fishing with his dad, mom and brothers. He excelled in sports and as a senior, scored 42 points in one basketball game (before there were 3 point shots). He attended college in Ellendale, ND and later Northern State University where he graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Education. He graduated from South Dakota State University with his Masters Degree in Health, PE and Recreation. He taught math and coached basketball, football and track for 5 years. 

On June 29, 1979, Doug was united in marriage to his best friend, Marcia Karst, in Aberdeen, SD. They had 3 children, Joe, Jenna and Janae. The job he had at 3M for 26 years allowed him to be present for every one of his kids’ activities. He was their number one fan. Doug and Marcia moved to Sioux Falls, SD in November 2019 to be close to their kids and grandkids. 

Doug was an incredible husband, father, Papa, brother, son and friend. He loved to hunt, fish and play golf and cards. He loved to watch sports, especially the Minnesota Twins, and kept a close eye on the weather. He was a skilled craftsman and there wasn’t anything that he couldn’t fix. He loved to garden and plant flowers and trees. He was so proud of his grandchildren and loved spending time with them. He was always ready to lend an ear and offer a piece of advice. His bear hugs were the best. 

Grateful for having shared his life are his loving wife: Marcia; his proud children: Joseph (Stacey) Sturma, Jenna (Brett) Bunde and Janae Sturma; his grandchildren: Grayson, Hadley and Brynn; brothers: Greg (Judy) Sturma and Kent (Lydia) Sturma; mother-in- law: Sylvia Karst; brothers-in- law: Jack, Pat and Mick (Kristi) Karst; sisters-in-law: Terri (Curt) Thelen and Gina (Pat) Sommers and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Frances; and father-in-law, Eddie Karst.

Doug was a wonderful, selfless and faith filled man. He will be forever loved and dearly missed. We take comfort in knowing that he is now safe in the arms of Jesus. 

A Memorial Mass will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 10:00 AM for family and close friends due to the pandemic. Burial will be at a later date.

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