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3701 East 7th Street
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: (417) 781-1711
Fax: (417)-781-3916
Michael Sturgis

Michael E. Sturgis Sr.

Saturday, May 29th, 1954 - Thursday, August 8th, 2019
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Michael E. Sturgis, Sr., age 65 of Joplin, Mo., passed away suddenly on Thursday, August 8, 2019.

Mike was born on May 29, 1954 in Joplin, the son of Donald and June (Frazier) Sturgis. He has been a lifetime area resident. Mike was an educator for 46 years, most recently at Jasper High School. He had a passion for coaching. He coached many different sports throughout the years; primarily football and basketball. Mike really enjoyed being an assistant coach for the Joplin Crusaders. Additionally, he sold real estate with his wife at Charles Burt Realtors for many years. He was a member of the House of Prayer Church in Riverton, Ks.

Survivors include his wife; Janis McGrew of Joplin, a daughter; Julie Trahin and husband Rich of Raleigh, N.C., four sons; Jason McGrew and wife Sylvia of Webb City, Mo., John McGrew and wife Gina of Joplin, Mike Sturgis, Jr. and wife Merlinda of Joplin, Sam Sturgis and wife Leah of Joplin, nine grandchildren; Jade Trahin, Nashell McGrew, Tyler McGrew, Sydney Trahin, Angelica Sturgis, Sadie McGrew, Rebecca Sturgis, Noah McGrew and Rosalie Sturgis, and one great-grandson, Nolan Weaver.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, two sisters and by a grandson, Jacoby Sturgis.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at the House of Prayer Church in Riverton, Ks. Burial will follow at Gandy-Sturgis Cemetery in Riverton.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
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  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 2:00pm
    House of Prayer
    6050 SE Hwy Alt 69
    Riverton, Kansas 66770
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  • Interment

    Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 | 3:30pm
    Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 3:30pm
    Gandy-Sturgis Cemetery
    7603 River Rd.
    Riverton, Kansas 66770
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Theresa Bartholet

Posted at 11:32am
Mike was a great history teacher at Granby Middle School; he was passionate about his students learning what makes our nation great! I first met Mike while teaching at Granby and enjoyed co-teaching projects with him. His gratitude for our military people was from a most sincere heart and his example of honor to all our armed forces was superior! He was a great friend and I will truly miss him! Fly high Coach Sturgis! 🙏🏻💗🦋🌈

Aaron Edens

Posted at 10:47pm
I remember getting him started talking about sports when we had an assignment that we didn't wanna do. It was very easy to get him off on another subject. I'm honored to know him in person & to had him as a social studies teacher from when he taught granby jr high.

Kobi Lawson

Posted at 09:01pm
He was my school teacher when I was younger. Prayers to his family .. may he rest peace.....

Patrick Glover

Posted at 06:27pm
Some people you meet in your life are just special to you even if you are on the same path for a short time. Coach Sturgis was one of those people to me. I liked him from the day I watched him take a group of middle school boys in practice and make them take turns saying something nice to one another and take it seriously. It was extraordinary.

He still called me on a near-weekly basis always asking how my sons Gavin & Will were doing at Colgan. We would reminisce a lot. "Remember when Gavin lined up at quarterback, fumbled three times, and then ran for a touchdown." Yes, Sturgis I remember and relive that moment in my head all the time. And then we would always talk about what we would have accomplished coaching together. I would have loved to find out and it would have been a privilege coach.

Here's to one great man who was one of the more caring people I've met. RIP Coach Sturgis. Heaven gained an angel.

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