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A celebration of their lives will be held Thursday for Ruth and Guy Sturdevant Jr. Aug. 2, 1922 -- June 20, 2005 Nov. 23, 1921 -- Nov. 29, 2004

A celebration of the lives of Ruth and Guy C. Sturdevant Jr. will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in Lancaster Post 7275, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 3741 Walden Ave., Lancaster.

Mrs. Sturdevant died June 20, on their wedding anniversary, at the home of her son in The Woodlands, Texas, after a struggle with cancer and heart disease. She was 82.

Her husband of 59 years died last Nov. 29 in Port Richey, Fla. He was 83.

Born Ruth Howard in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Kensington High School and Elmira Business Institute.

She worked for Bell Aircraft in Atlanta during World War II and had secretarial jobs in the Buffalo area between 1974 and 1984. She and her husband retired to Florida in 1990 but returned here every summer.

Mr. Sturdevant was born in Ulysses, Pa. After attending Elmira Business Institute, he served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. Working for Ford Motor Co. after the war, he lived in Buffalo, Cleveland and Independence, Mo.

He worked as a field inspector for an engineering and surveying company in Orchard Park from 1970 to 1974, then became a field inspector for Erie County. He retired in 1984.

Surviving are a daughter, Karen of Cheektowaga; a son, Guy C. III of The Woodlands; and two grandsons.

Mrs. Sturdevant also is survived by a sister, Thelma Keister of Clarence Center, and a brother, George "Harold" Howard of Port Richey.

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