In Memory of



Obituary for Donald Sturdivant

Donald Sturdivant, 75, of Toledo, Ohio passed away peacefully on June 12, 2020 at the Hospice of Northwest Ohio surrounded by the love of family.

Donald, the fourth of five siblings, was born November 30, 1944 to parents John Henry "Sam" Sturdivant and Ollie Mae Horton Sturdivant. He was raised in a loving and affectionate household and was blessed to have extended family nearby.

Donald graduated from Macomber Vocational High School, Class of 1962, in Auto Mechanics, where he ran cross country and track. In 1965 Donald was drafted into the United States Army. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served as a Helicopter Crew Chief/Gunner with the rank of Specialist 5. During his time in service he received several honors including: an Overseas Service Bar, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and an Air Medal with 12th Oak Leaf Cluster - which is awarded to those distinguished by meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight.

In 1974, Don married Gracye Whitely and to that union was born a daughter and son. Professionally, Don worked for the Columbia Gas Company in Toledo from 1964 until he retired in 2001. In 1980, he earned an Associate's Degree from the University of Toledo in Property Management/Real Estate Technology. He obtained his real estate license and invested in purchasing and rehabbing homes. In his free time, he enjoyed many outdoors activities, and was an avid fisherman and gardener. Don's good-natured sense of humor and his endless supply of knowledge, guidance and mentorship will be missed by all who knew him.

Donald is preceded in death by his parents John Henry and Ollie Mae Sturdivant, his beloved sister and brother, Audrey Lee Sturdivant and John Robert Sturdivant.

Donald is survived by daughter Dawna (Marlon) Wharton of St. Louis, MO, and son Damon Sturdivant of Toledo, OH, both who are left to cherish his memory; along with Donald's granddaughters, Anya, Asah and Ollia Wharton all of St. Louis, MO; his sister, Loretta Sturdivant of Irving, TX; and his brother Tyrone (Gloria) Sturdivant of Toledo, OH; his special uncle, Columbus (Diane) Sturdivant of Toledo, OH; as well as many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and extended family members.