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In Memory of Jack Sturdevant

Jack Sturdevant was born on a Farm in Yutan, NE on May 21, 1929 to Arvid "Art" and Lola Sturdevant. In 1932 the family, including his sister Beverlee, moved to Pipestone, MN where Art opened an automotive repair shop: Sturdevant Auto Electric - SAE.
In high school, Jack excelled in track, football, and basketball. After high school graduation in 1947, he headed to the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis to play football under coach Bernie Bierman.
In 1948, his sophomore year, he played half-back for the Gophers. There were high hopes for his future. But in May 1949 an automobile accident ended his football career.
In 1950 he returned to Pipestone, MN to work with his Father. In 1951 he married Nadine "Toddy" Grill, whom he'd met on a blind date for Homecoming in 1948.
Jack worked hard, gradually starting to sell automotive parts. His brother-in-law Joe Kennedy, drove the 1938 panel truck to dealers in the area. In 1971, he expanded to Sioux Falls and continued to grow Sturdevant's and SAE Warehouse.
Jack loved hunting and waterfowl and was a Life Sponsor of Ducks Unlimited. His family, his business, and his labrador Pal were his focal points.

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Jack was a class act. I respected him and liked his style. I always enjoyed my conversations with him. I'll always remember him with a yellow lab at his side :-)

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1929 - 2012

Resident of: Brandon

Native of: Yutan

Occupation: CEO Sturdevant Auto Parts

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