Gary A. Sturdevant “beloved husband”
COUDERSPORT, Pa.---Gary Allen Sturdevant, 90, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great- grandfather and brother, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, in his home surrounded by his loving family.
Gary was born on August 11, 1932 in Coudersport. He was adopted and raised by his grandparents, Amos and Nellie Sturdevant. As a child he attended the Hebron Center and Coneville Schoolhouses and later attended the Coudersport High School. While in high school, he was a member of the FFA Spud Growers Chapter.
On May 17, 1952, he married the love of his life, Donna Mae Baker, who survives. They were wed at the Methodist Parsonage in Coudersport, with Kip and Shirley Saulter by their sides as attendants. During their 71 years of marriage, they were blessed with four children, who brought years of joy to their lives. Gary enjoyed fishing, mowing his lawn with his Wheelhorse and he especially enjoyed the yearly family summer trips to Maine. There, he enjoyed camping and fishing on Raymond Pond and Crescent Lake with his family. He also immensely enjoyed watching his grandsons, Tyler and Troy Schroeder play soccer, his granddaughters, Krista, Kim, Gabby and Emma and his grandsons, Rodney Jr. and Jake ride and show their animals at the fair, and his grandson, Andrew and granddaughter, Bethie show their cows at the local fairs. His favorite past-time was playing his harmonica and listening to polka and bluegrass music.
Gary was a true "jack of all trades" and held a wide knowledge of being able to fix anything from his long work history. He was employed by Clark Brothers of Olean, LH Lincoln, Nestole Road and Gerner Electric. He was also a Hebron Township Supervisor for many years, but he is most famously known as the owner and operator of Gary Sturdevant General Contracting for over 40 years. His love and faith in the Lord carried him through the years and he was a member of the North Eulalia Baptist Church in Coudersport.
In addition to his grandparents and his biological mother, Louise Lawton, Gary was preceded in death by three siblings; Amos Lawton, Jerry Lawton and Diane Carlin.
Gary will be greatly missed by, not only Donna, but their four children as well; Terry (Linda) Sturdevant of Coudersport, Steve (Valerie) Sturdevant of Coudersport, JoElla (Alan) Kinney of Port Allegany and Kathy (Jeff) Schroeder of Coudersport.
He was blessed with many grandchildren; Krista (Rod) Doran of Coudersport, Kimberly (John) Dailey of Coudersport, Andrew Kinney of Philadelphia, Bethie (Ben) Pevornik of Port Allegany, Tyler (Brianna) Schroeder of Port Allegany and Troy (Teagen) Schroeder of Coudersport.
Gary is also survived by a sister, Tammy Allen of Andover, N.Y.
Gary loved his family and they were his greatest accomplishment. He had the pleasure of watching eight great grandchildren; Gabby, Rodney Jr., Emma, Jake, Cole, Sawyer, Ella and Emilia; one great great grandson, Duke Amos and several beloved nieces and nephews grow.
His funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, at his lifelong church, North Eulalia Baptist Church, 683 SR 49, Coudersport, with a viewing from 11:00am to 1:00pm, with a service officiated by Pastor Michael Reeves at 1:00pm. Gary will be laid to rest in the Hollenbeck Cemetery in Coudersport.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to North Eulalia Baptist Church, 683 SR 49, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Gary entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Gary, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.