Erman D. Sturm, 95, of Galva, died at 10:44 a.m., Monday, March 11, 2019, in the emergency room at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, in Kewanee. A funeral service was at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 14 at Rux Funeral Home, in Galva. The Rev. Karen Martin officiated. A visitation was one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial was in the Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Grace United Methodist Church.
He was born May 14, 1923, in Geneseo, the son of Ross and Cora (Clark) Sturm. He married Esther L. Kuster on Dec. 19, 1948 at St. Peter’s Evangelical Church UCC, in Kewanee. She preceded him in death on June 18, 2017.
Erman graduated from Geneseo High School. He was a grain and livestock farmer for many years. He enjoyed his farming operation and had been a 4-H leader for Burns Township and had received awards for his conservation practices. He also had been a member of the Flemish-American Club where he enjoyed dancing and in his early years had been a member of the Royal Youth. Erman had a love for music and played the mandolin in the Cadian String Ensemble and had done performances at Soldier Field and Niagara Falls.
Survivors include his son, Roger (Juana) Sturm, of Galva; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; a brother, Orville Sturm; and two sisters, Blanche Daniels and Marjorie Klavon.