Old Boat Column

Obituary: Capt. Vernon Sturgeon

Capt. Vernon Sturgeon, 92, of Paducah, Ky., a longtime towboat captain, died July 13 at Providence Pointe Nursing Home. He started working on the river at 13 and retired as a riverboat captain in 2010. He was well known and respected on the rivers. For many years he was captain of the 7,500 hp. Girlie Knight of Mid-South Towing.