T.G. McCarthy Funeral Home

329 Goodnight Ave, Pueblo, CO


James Lee Sterk

August 4, 1933May 11, 2020

James L. Sterk, 86 of Pueblo, passed away May 11, 2020. Born in Pueblo 8/4/33 to Paul J and Mary Elizabeth Slobobnik Sterk. Graduated from HCHS in Walsenburg in 1951. Served in the US Navy 1951 to 1955 during the Korean War. He married Ruthlee August, June 2, 1956, in Raton NM. He worked and trained as a meat cutter for Ruffini Grocery in Walsenburg for 7 years with a brief stint helping a friend in Woodard OK. He moved to Pueblo where he worked for Safeway until he retired in August 1990. Moved to Colorado City May 1994 and back to Pueblo, October 2014. Member of First Congregational Church UCC and VFW Post #7305. Jim’s greatest passion outside of family and work was his time living in Colorado City, still able to officiate basketball for many years after retirement and work/play at Hollydot Golf Course. He enjoyed camping with family, fishing, visiting with family and friends and telling stories of his time in the Navy and growing up in Tioga mining camp. He is preceded in death by his parents, step mom Mary Ann Sterk, brother Paul Jr., grandson Brandon Jensen. Survived by wife Ruthlee of almost 64 years, sister, Paula Jo (Frank) Condor, sister-in-law Rose Sterk, brother-in-law, Fred “Skipper” August, children Natalie Jensen, Marci Litton, Jamie (Dan) Kicker-Sterk, and James G. (Misty) Sterk. Grandchildren: Jennifer (Tino) Almanza, Kenneth (Elyse) Vogel, Megan Jensen, Jillian (Nick) Palmiotti, Sabrina & Brittany Kicker, Tyler (Maddie Marx) Sterk, Colton and Jacob Sterk. Great Grandchildren: Logan, Liam and Aiden Almanza, Elijah, Eden & Noah Vogel, Rozilee Sterk, Vincent & Ruthlee Rae Palmiotti. Also by Cousin Jan Christiansen, numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Cremation, memorial at later date. In lieu of flowers or food, please donate to Wounded Warriors or American Cancer Society.


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Jules Koss

May 31, 2020

To Ruthlee & Jimbo,

Jim, his brother PJ, my brother Paul, and I grew up like brothers from grade one through eight in Tioga, CO. Jim, PJ, and I would visit each other either in Walsenburg or in Durango all through our high school years. After Jim got out of the Navy, he and I played golf together in Durango, Farmington, NM, and Colo. City, always accusing the other of cheating.

I enjoyed knowing & playing with Jim. We were like "two birds of a feather" both hard-headed, opinionated, and stubborn, all great character traits in my opinion! I hate to hear of the loss of a like friend and an enjoyable one to be with.

May we see each other later.


Michael Lynch

May 17, 2020

To Paula and Dean,
I was so sorry to read of your dad's passing. I remember his generosity with his time and his expertise. particularly on the basketball court. Oddly, he helped me rekindle my affection for the game, and that has become a fire at which I warm myself all winter long now. Please accept my fondness and my sympathy.


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