PALOMINAS, Ariz. — David Charles Sturges, 70, of Palominas, formerly of Terryville, passed away at home on December 8, 2021.
Dave was born June 11, 1951, to the late Jean Stempel and the late Robert Sturges. Dave grew up in Sandy Hook with each of his parents and brothers, and later started his own family there.
He was a postman in Terryville for 31 years where he received several certificates for perfect attendance and for service excellence. After retiring from the USPS, Dave moved to Arizona. He loved the home he built there and referred to it as his Home of Peace and Solitude.
Being retired was something Dave refused to do and he went back to work driving a school bus for the Palominas Bus Company, as well as volunteered for the Palominas Fire Department.
Dave had a passion for riding his Harley and he rode it all over the USA. He earned two certificates with the Iron Butt Association, one for riding 1,000 miles in less than 24 hours and one for riding over 1,500 miles in less than 36 hours.
Dave made friends everywhere he went and said many times that he rode his motorcycle across the country and only needed one hotel room because he knew so many people he could stay with.
Dave was a proud Vietnam veteran, serving in the Air Force as a jet mechanic. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Legion of the Silver Rose, the Legion Riders and was a Bronze Leader of the Arizona Commanders Club for Disabled American Veterans.
Dave is survived by his sons, Michael, his wife, Jessica and their daughter Hazel, and Jared, his wife, Julia and their daughter Ruby; his nieces and nephews, Kristy, Ginger, Donnie and Daniel; step-mom Ellie, and a legion of family and friends who loved him tremendously.
Dave was predeceased by his parents, his brothers, Donald and Peter, and his niece, Amanda.
Services will take place at 11 a.m. February 8, at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 2750 Cardinal Dr., Sierra Vista, Ariz. A procession following the services will be led by the Legion Riders and Patriot Guard to the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1300 S. Buffalo Soldier Trail, Sierra Vista.
A reception will be held at 2 p.m. at American Legion Post 16, 1422 AZ-92, Bisbee, Ariz. A small service will take place in Connecticut at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a local American Legion to support a cause dear to David’s heart, the Legion of the Silver Rose.