Diane L. Sturgeon

Diane Lee Sturgeon, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt, passed away Oct. 6, 2019, at the age of 78.

Diane was born Sept. 26, 1941, in Appleton, Minn., to Vincent and Luella Zurn. Her family moved in 1952 to Ridgecrest, where she has been a resident ever since. Ridgecrest is where she met the love of her life, Benny Joe Sturgeon. They wed on Oct. 18, 1958, and raised four daughters, Kimberly, Keri, Kelly and Jody and two sons, Jack and John.

Diane received her associates degree in science business data processing and was a computer programmer for Boeing until she retired in 1996. Diane loved her family and God fiercely, and in her younger years she was a member of Legion of Mary at Saint Ann’s Catholic Church in Ridgecrest.

She was loyal and generous, always wanting to spoil her grandchildren with small gifts or with stickers and dollar bills. She had a passion to travel and see the world, preferably by boat. She really loved the holidays and went all out to make each one special. She was known for her decorations but especially for her Christmas villages.

Diane was proceeded in death by her father and mother, Vincent and Luella Zurn; sister, Dorrine Hess; and husband, Benny Sturgeon.

She is survived by her sisters, Patricia Harris and Bonnie Gregory; brother, Kenny Zurn; children Kim Sturgeon, Keri and Bret Catcott, Kelly and David Boss, Jack and Suzy Sturgeon, Jody and Andy Morton, John Sturgeon; 19 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m. at Saint Ann’s Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, Diane’s family asks that you make a donation in her honor to the Alzheimer’s Association, act.alz.org.

— Submitted by the family of Diane Sturgeon

Story First Published: 2019-10-11