John (1846 - 1912)
Surnames: STURNER LOESCH NEALANDER RIPLINGER
----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 06/20/1912
Sturner, John (18 NOV 1846 - 10 JUN 1912)
Monday evening, June 10th, 1912, at about 8 o’clock, Mr. John Sturner, one of the best known and most prominent citizens of this village of Lowell, Wis., succumbed to a severe pulmonary hemorrhage, after lingering for many months with what is technically known as regurgitation of the heart.
John Sturner was born Nov. 18, 1846, in the Kingdom of Wurttemberg, Germany, and came to this country with his parents when a boy. In his youth he entered the ranks of skilled workmen by serving a three-year apprenticeship in the harness and saddlery trade. In the year 1875, on May 5th, he was married to Miss Emily Louisa Loesch of Reeseville. About that time he settled at Lowell, where he lived until the final summons was served upon him.
John Sturner had by his ever straight character, won numerous friends, not only in his home community, but wherever he was known. For many years he was one of the most faithful public officers in the town and village of Lowell probably ever had. He was ever ready to assist the needy, and was one of the pilots in the organization of the local lodge of the I.O.O.F., of which order he remained an active member until his death.
Some years ago he became aware of a diminishing of his vital strength, so he made a trip to the Pacific coast, from which he returned much recreated. Something like a year ago he became ailing, which illness developed into heart disease, or what by physicians is termed regurgitation of the heart, or in other words, reaction of the heart and its functions. He had reached the age of 65 years, 6 months and 22 days.
The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Sturner was blessed with twelve children, of whom eleven, with their mother, survive to mourn his departure, one child, Emma Louisa, having preceded him to the Great Beyond in her infancy.
The surviving children are Mrs. Anna Nealander, Milwaukee; Hug Joseph, St. Paul; John Victor, Dorchester, Clark Co.; Otto A., Lowell; Edwin S. Salt Lake, Utah; Mrs. Verna Riplinger, Colby, Clark Co.; William Oscar, Kenilworth, Utah; George Emil F., Dorchester, Clark Co.; Frederick H., Milwaukee; Hobart F. and Eleanor Arva, Lowell. He also leaves grandchildren and other relatives, as well as hosts of friends all over.
The funeral will be held Friday when his earthly remains will be laid in their final resting place in the Lowell Cemetery. The local lodge of the I.O.O.F. will act as pallbearers and the Beaver Dam Lodge will have charge of the ceremonies at the town hall and cemetery, teaching one of the noblest fraternal principles ever witnessed in Lowell.
In the death of John Sturner this community loses one of its foremost and substantial citizens and this village mourns one of its best known businessmen, whose honor and integrity was always above question. He was frequently called upon to fill positions of honor and trust and in his capacity as a public official rendered services which were valued and appreciated. Regret at his demise is pronounced and general.
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