Glen Sterling Obituary and Letter From Dave Hastings

In Passing…Glen Sterling
Glenn Ray Sterling of Hulett, Wyoming March 3, 1942 – October 2, 2019


Glen Sterling, 77 of Hulett, Wyoming, was born on March 3, 1942 in Colorado Springs, Colorado to Joe and Dorothy (Austin) Sterling and he went home to be with his Lord, October 2, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.

Glen crammed many careers into his short life. He began bull riding while he was still in high school and rodeoed for 10 years. In 1970, he settled down in Schuyler, Nebraska where he began trapping and
making trophy saddles. He also invented the Sterling Trap while living in Nebraska and made and sold thousands over the years. In 1986, he moved to South Dakota and began his career with the South Dakota Game and Fish Department where he stayed for 30 years.  In 2003, he met and married the love of his life, Connie Erie. After his retirement from the South Dakota Game and Fish Department, they moved to Hulett, WY, where he continued his fur trapping and hunting. He also began building airplanes. He has built and sold twelve to this date. All are still in service today around the country, as well as in Africa where a doctor uses it to fly to his patients in remote areas.

Glen is survived by his wife, Connie; son, Glen Jr. “JR.” and his wife Sissy from Huron, SD; daughter, Audra Jedlicka and her husband Dale from Schuyler, NE; and stepdaughter, Tara Burnham and her
husband Gerald from Cedar Rapids, IA; grandchildren, Clint Jedlicka and Ashley (Jarett) Andersen, Toby Sevyn, Brady (Karen) Andrews, Lacey (Dave) Rohe; great-grandchildren, Haley, Eli, Kasey, Maddie,
Waylon, Halie, Dawson & Carson; and many numerous and wonderful nieces and nephews. Glen is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Dorothy Sterling; sister, Ruth Noe from Weatherford, Texas;  brothers, Duane Sterling from El Paso, Texas, and Larry Sterling from Hot Springs, Arkansas.  Memorials
have been established to benefit either the Hulett Senior Citizens Center or the Hulett Ambulance Service.  Our husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother will be greatly missed. The family wishes to give a special thank you to Lesa, Kim, and Heidi of Sharon’s Home Health Care.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at the Greater Hulett Community Center in Hulett, Wyoming.Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com.

Dave Hastings added:

The loss of anyone we care about can be a tough blow, but when we lose someone like Glen, the loss is marked far and wide. Finding the words to address that loss is a tough job. Men like Glen leave a legacy behind, both in in what they accomplished, but more important, who they are.  His quest for the best trap(meaning most reliable, practical, humane, efficient, and maintenance free)
coupled with his lack of concern for cost or marketability, led him to the trap that defines high quality.  And yes, you can buy cheaper, but you cannot buy better. Producing it free from issues like cost of
production and price-point margins, he simply approached that the way he approached everything he  did: he made it the best he could conceive, and ignored all other input and complications.  For decades of my involvement with the Trapping BMPs project, trap characteristics and performance became a very focused study, and most of the innovations that proved to be humane, practical, and
efficient in that 40 million dollar project were already incorporated into the MJ 600, decades ahead of the BMP process.
It is one thing to create something of remarkable quality, but another thing altogether to produce an airplane, and to do it so well and with such confidence that you get in it and fly it all over the country;  which he did. As testimony to his character, he was not the least bit arrogant about his work, but at the same time, he did not give a second thought to testing his work at 5,000 feet.  Traps and airplanes, of course, were only a couple of the products Glen created. In all of his endeavors and careers, he simply excelled. Few coyote callers will ever compare to Glen’s ability to not only coax in
the wily livestock killing coyote, but to take that killer out at distances that will boggle most riflemen.

That was, in fact, not just how he made and did things, it was how he lived. Whether he was making a saddle or riding a bull or making a friend, his focus and his passion for the best produced only one kind of outcome: the best.

Men like Glen are so straightforward that it only takes a couple of minutes to know exactly where they stand.  He didn’t have a political bone in his body, and was not patient with anything but the plain and
simple truth.  The fact that the FTA recognized Glen with the Hall of Fame plaque so recently has doubled in its meaning; so glad Glen was with us to receive it.  Glen will clearly live on in the hearts and minds of us who knew him; and certainly so in the artful way he created things like his traps. And his innovations will last far beyond us all. Glen’s goal was never to be a person famous for inventing or creating something. He just wanted the best of himself. But the results have, and will, benefit us all for decades to come.

We will miss him deeply.
Dave Hastings

2019 Hall of Fame Inductees

We are proud to announce the induction of two of our long time members and friends to the Nebraska Trappers Hall of Fame.

Congratulations Don Miller and Jim Cronin to the NFH Hall of Fame.  Both of these guys are stand up guys and friends of trapping.  They have both put in many years of service to Nebraska trappers and to the Nebraska Fur Harvesters Association.

Don’t pass up an opportunity to talk trapping with either of these guys.  Neither one will pass up an opportunity to talk about their trapping adventures with you.  Their experience is immeasurable.

Thank you for your service to us trappers.

Looking For Committee Members

A great way to get involved and help our cause is to serve on a committee. The Nebraska Fur Harvesters Association is going to put together some committees to help get more things done faster and we need your help!

Being a committee member isn’t hard. All you have to do is be a current member and have a desire to help make us a better organization.

At the fall meeting (Bassett, NE) this year we are going to assemble some committees to break down tasks to get done instead of trying to cover all of our activities in 2 one hour meetings a year.

Committees will meet whenever and wherever needed. Most committee business can be accomplished over the phone or email, conference calls or group emails.

If you are interested please let us know. We need your help and we need more voices!

The following committees will be assembled at the Fall meeting. The chairpersons will be chosen by the board of directors.

EDUCATION – scheduling trapper ed classes, facilities, personnel, resources, food
CONVENTION – vendors, facility, demos, table layout, etc
BANQUET – Spring banquet, location, food, speaker, activities, donations
MEMBERSHIP – adding new members, putting together membership material, sending out membership cards, ordering membership cards (for example, Donna could chair this committee, and the members could assist her)
BYLAWS – Keeping the bylaws current.  Proposing changes
COMMUNICATIONS – website, facebook, youtube, communications with our members on anything of importance, including writing our column in the Trappers Post.
AWARDS – Nebraska trappers hall of fame, any other awards, ordering plaques, trophies, etc.
SCHOLARSHIP – promoting and reviewing and awarding the NFH scholarships

Looking for members to be district directors

The Nebraska Fur Harvesters Association has always had districts, but as of the last 10 years, they have not been active. We are looking for members to serve as directors in the district that you live in.

To be a district director isn’t a difficult task. What it means, is you are the contact point in your area for the Nebraska Fur Harvesters. If there are any activities in your area, you can represent the NFH. You also promote membership in your district.

You can see the district map by clicking here.

If you are interested, and are a member with current dues, please see a Nebraska Fur Harvesters officer, or anyone at the front table during the upcoming convention, or message us on our facebook page.

NFH Logo Contest!

The Nebraska Fur Harvesters Association is looking for a new logo that will better identify the organization. In order to engage our current members, and attract new members, we announce competition to design a new logo.

The new logo should identify the organization and what we are all about.

If you are interested in submitting a logo, send it as an attachment to Jessica Power at powerhouse.trapping@gmail.com.

Submissions must include the full name(s) of the person(s) who designed the logo, name, email address, postal address, and telephone number. One or more submissions per person is acceptable. Each submission must be sent in a separate e-mail.

The prize for the winning entry is “first release” of the new logo on one hoodie, one t-shirt, one hat, one coffee cup, and one decal. In addition to four years free membership to the Nebraska Fur Harvesters Association, with twenty-four issues of the Trapper’s Post, and $ 100.00 cash. This prize remains the same regardless of the size of the team submitting the winning entry.

Contest ends September 21, 2019. There is no fee to enter the contest.

Please see below for the official contest rules and details.

Looking forward to seeing all the submissions!

NFH LOGO CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES CLICK HERE

Seeking 2020 Convention Host

We are looking for bids for the 2020 convention location. 2020 is scheduled to be held in western Nebraska from highway 83 west.

Some of the requirements are….

Vendor building, preferably one or two within close proximity, minimum 12,000 sq feet.

Motels, preferably 2

A variety of places to eat

Camper hook ups on site and shower

The local host person will need to be responsible for being the local contact for the facility, lining up a food vendor for both days on site, auctioneer for the Saturday night auction and a vendor to supply bbq for the Saturday night dinner.

Vendors, demo schedules, T-shirt’s, raffle firearm and Friday night fish fry will be taken care of by the association.

If you are interested in hosting the 2020 convention or have questions please contact Eric Stane, 402-658-8012 or ericnfh@gmail.com.

If no bids are received the association will look for a location in the eastern third of the state.

Spring Banquet Reschedule Date

The Spring Banquet has been re-scheduled for Saturday, June 1st, 2019 at the Seward VFW.   Social Hour starts at 5pm and Dinner is at 6.  Speaker will be Furtakers of America President Dave Hastings.   There will be a silent auction and lots of furtaking talk.  Tickets can be purchased in advance or let us know you are coming and you can pay at the door.  Tickets are $20.  See you there.