Wilhelm/William (Bill) Sturm, 88, passed away Dec. 31, 2004, at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. He was born June 19, 1916 ,in San Mateo, Calif. to August and Anna Matilde Sturm (nee Strandberg).
Sturm was raised in Hawthorne, Calif. where he attended Leuzinger High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II after marrying Violet Louise Gentry in 1938. The two had three sons, and were later divorced.
In 1955 Sturm married Marie Brock Rogers and was with her until her death in June 2000.
Sturm retired from the Northrop Corporation where he received a number of citations for his cost saving inventions and the development of production boosting systems and procedures.
Sturm was well liked by everyone for his ready wit, endless fund of jokes, and eternally upbeat personality. An avid reader, thinker and inventor, Sturm was always toying with an idea for a new invention. He enjoyed cooking and food and ate his first sushi at age 81. He also loved to travel and took a memorable trip to Japan at age 83.
Sturm is survived by his sister Evelyn Wagner of Woodland Hills, Calif.; his three sons and their wives, Gary and Etsuko Sturm of Otis Orchards, Wash.; David and Sharon Sturm of Henderson, Nev.; and Tom and Pearl Sturm of Joseph; his grandchildren Christian, Erik, Heidi, Gretchen, Stephanie, Heather and Kurt; and his great-grandchildren Christopher, Cameron, Patrick and Garrett Sturm, and Kaitlin and Krista Baumgartner. Sturm was preceded in death by his brothers Max and Gus.