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Peter W. Sturdivant: 1928 — 2012 | Passages

January 8, 2013 · Updated 10:58 AM

Peter W. Sturdivant, 84, of Anacortes, passed peacefully on Dec. 19, 2012 in Bellevue, Wash.

Peter was born on April 15, 1928, in Klamath Falls, Ore., to Virginia Greene and Tallentyre Basil Sturdivant.  Peter and his siblings, Tal and Mary Helene, grew up in southern California and Mexico.

Peter attended Deerfield Academy before serving in the U.S. Army, in Germany.  After his return from service, Peter earned a degree in finance and worked for a time in Mexico and South America.

He went on to raise his own family and survived his wife Eila Sturdivant’s passing in 1984.

Following Eila’s death, family brought Peter to the Pacific Northwest, where he became involved with the American Legion Club and started his own business in Friday Harbor.

He later married Friday Harbor resident Moselle Bourne and enjoyed the island lifestyle with friends and family for over a decade until they moved to Anacortes. Peter survived Moselle’s passing last year.

Peter was interested in aviation, computer technology, politics, finance, music, and sailing. He has also been involved with stage performance and choir.

Peter also enjoyed traveling and camping, and was happiest when surrounded by family, friends, wine, and song.

He famously excelled at telling bad puns — dearly appreciated by all who loved him.

Peter is survived by his brother, Tal, in Friday Harbor, his sister Mary Helene Halsey, in Illinois, and his son and family in Bellevue.

A celebration of Peter’s life with close friends and family will take place on Jan. 12, 2013 at noon.

If you would like more information please reach us at: suzanne_sturdivant@msn.com

— Family of Peter Sturdivant


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