Robert Franklin Sturgeon, Jr.

robert sturgeon, jr.

March 17, 1934 ~ November 10, 2016

Resided in: Atlanta, GA

Passed away peacefully in his sleep early Thursday morning Nov. 10, 2016 after a long illness. Born on March 17, 1934 in Higbee, Missouri, he grew up in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He qualified for Air Force cadet training and was a 2nd lieutenant in the Air Force. He flew the F-86 Sabre fighter jet and was stationed at Panama City and Valdosta. After leaving the Air Force, he attended Florida State University graduating with highest honors in two years. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics. He sent one more year in graduate school earning a Master’s Degree in Nuclear Physics. Offered a job at Los Alamos National Laboratory, he chose to join Lockheed Martin as an aerospace engineer. He was engineering program manager for the F22. When the F22 was moved to California, he decided to stay in Georgia and became engineering program manager for the C-130J. He loved his job, but due to illness retired early. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sandra Stewart Sturgeon of Atlanta, his son, Richard Stewart Sturgeon and grandson, Luca Wesley Sturgeon, both of Brooklyn, NY. He was a member of Florida State Univ. Boosters Club and Mensa. . Online condolences may be expressed at

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  1. Linda Friedman says:

    Dear Sandy,
    We just heard today that Bob had passed away. Michael and I are so sorry for your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. We will always remember the kindness and concern you showed our Alex. Sincerely, Linda and Michael

  2. Oz Adams says:

    It was with deepest regret & sadness that I read the account of Bob’s passing. My mind was flooded with many wonderful memories of our early years at Lockheed. Bob was a brilliant, first-class gentleman whose contributions to the Company were numerous and effective.
    Sandy, you are in my thoughts & prayers. May you rejoice in 34 years of love and devotion.

  3. Jack & Charlene Menapace Kershisnik says:

    Sad to see Robert’s obit in today’s paper. Bob was in my Latin class at Rock Springs High School. Even then, we saw that he was a brilliant person and critical thinker. Our sympathies to his family.

  4. joni & les janis says:

    Dear Sandra, We are sending our deepest condolences. You two always seem to have a wonderful life together. We are thinking of you.

  5. Joe Drummond says:

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I often think of our visits and gab feasts during Circuit Training. I hope you are in good health, and are able to find solace in happy memories. Sincerely, Joe Drummond

  6. Risa Rambo says:

    Sandy and Annie lived at Sterling Eastates with me and we became friends❤️❤️. She moved and I was wondering how she’s doing? If anyone can give me an update I would appreciate it my number is 229–9 38–8890 and my name is Risa Rambo At Sterling Estates of East Cobb

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