Frederick Wilton Sturges IV

Frederick Wilton Sturges IV, 90, formerly of Rowayton, Connecticut, passed away on June 20, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona. Fred was born on January 25, 1925 in San Diego, California to Captain Russell Groesbeck Sturges and Dorothy Ellen Carpenter Sturges. Fred enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of seventeen and fought at Guadalcanal in WWII. Fred graduated from the University of Georgia in 1948 and subsequently married Jane Sparks of Macon, Georgia (UGA class of 1947). Fred’s passion was the outdoors. He was a successful editor and publisher in the New York City area of numerous sporting magazines and books in the 1960s through the 1980s and played leadership roles in a number of pioneering conservation organizations. Fred was preceded in death by his late wife, Susan Clay Sturges, in June 2012, with whom he had a loving and close relationship in the seventeen years they spent together in the American Southwest; by Jane Sturges who passed away in New Haven in January of this year; by his two sisters, Mary Ellen Dickerson of Arlington, Texas, and Dorothy Adele Wigren, of San Jose, California; and by his beloved Labrador Tar--the last of a long line of dogs that Fred considered family. Fred is survived by his two children Mary Louisa Bacon Sturges (Ralph Benkus) of El Cerrito, California, and Russell Groesbeck Sturges II (Barbara Nevins) of Ridgefield, Connecticut; four grandchildren: Christine Mallary Sturges, Matthew Michael Sturges Straus, Russell Groesbeck Sturges III and Sarah Jane Sturges Straus; and five nieces and nephews: Tedi Stirewalt, Jaime Dickerson, Carl Wigren, Russell Dickerson and John Wigren. Fred’s family will be forever grateful for his lifetime of courage and for his unwavering love of family and country.

A memorial service and burial will be held at the Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Wilton, Connecticut on July 25 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, friends may make donations to K9s For Warriors ( in honor of Fred Sturges.

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