Fred Allen Sturgill was born February 9, 1920, to William and Lucinda (Allen) Sturgill in rural Leslie County, Kentucky. He was raised in Leslie County and attended country school there as well as the Berea, Kentucky Boarding School. He then moved to Ohio and worked at Mosler Safe Company. Fred married Rose Dixon on March 7, 1947, in Newport, Kentucky. The couple moved to Ohio and then back to Kentucky where Fred worked in a coal mine. Fred was injured in a coal mine collapse. In 1953, they moved to Dunlap, Iowa. Fred worked for Heistand Brothers International, Leaders Implement in Dunlap, Warner Implement in Woodbine, M&S Chevrolet in Dunlap, Big Valley Equipment in Council Bluffs and Glenwood, Iowa. He retired from Big Valley. He then worked at CDS in Harlan, Iowa retiring at the age of 77. He also helped his brother, Dennis, farm. Rose died November 9, 2005.
Fred was a member of the First Christian Church. He served as the church chairman, an Elder and a Deacon. Fred was blessed with a great memory. He also enjoyed reading, visiting with family and friends, and fishing. Fred adored his wife and his grandchildren.
Fred died April 14, 2014, at Rose Vista Nursing Home in Woodbine at the age of 94 years, 2 months, and 5 days.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rose Sturgill; brother, Don Sturgill; sister, Edith York; and special grand-nephew Kirk Sturgill. He is survived by his three children, James Ronald Sturgill of Dunlap, Iowa, Regina (Marty) Kobold of Woodbine, Iowa, John (Shelly) Sturgill of Onawa, Iowa; six grandchildren, Jill Walker, Josh (Theresa) Kaufman, Andrew Kaufman, Kyle (Krystal) Kaufman, Curtis (Elizabeth) Sturgill, and Shelby Sturgill; five great grandchildren, Ezra Shaffer, Landon, Barrett and Jude Kaufman, and Wyatt Walker; sister, Kathleen Chestnut of Hamilton, Ohio; brother, Dennis (Karen) Sturgill of Council Bluffs, Iowa; special nephew, Dana (Susan) Sturgill of Dunlap, Iowa; special niece, Sharon (Jim) Feltner of Trenton, Ohio; three sisters-in-law, Gail Dixon of Hyden Kentucky, Daisy Wells of Stamping Ground, Kentucky, Molly Morgan of London, Kentucky; brother-in-law, Nesby (Jean) Dixon of Fairfield, Ohio; and many other relatives and friends.