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Jerry W. Stearns, age 69, of Sheridan, passed away Thursday, August 15, 2013 at his home. The son of Wilbur Austin & Lois A. (Erridge) Stearns, he was born on April 7, 1944 in Grand Rapids.

Jerry began working as a milk hauler for his father, then with H&H Beer Distributing, as well as a salesman with King’s Ford, and retired from Zuelke’s as a truck driver. A talented artist, Jerry enjoyed drawing and sketching and left many works that will be treasured by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lois Stearns; and a brother, Ronnie Stearns.

Surviving are his father, Bill Stearns of Sheridan; seven children, Alan & Tammy Stearns of Lakeview, Sheri Stearns & Jeff Robison of Sheridan, Douglas Stearns & Kimberly Cantrell of Fenwick, Kevin Stearns & Michele Alexander of Fenwick, Michael & Tresia Stearns of Stanton, Brian Stearns & Julie Miller of Fenwick, and Jamie Stearns of Belding; three sisters, Judy & Gary Ross of Greenville, Bonnie & Ed Moffett of Fenwick, and Cheryl & Raymond Brecht of Lakeview; fourteen grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday. Jerry’s cousin, Gilbert Morris, will officiate and burial will follow at Evergreen Township Cemetery.

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  1. Anonymous on August 15, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Posted by: Bonnie Moffett

    He was my life line. My moral support. He was always there for me no matter what. I loved him with all my heart. My big brother, my hero,
    He took me all over the USA. He was only a stranger to a truck stop once. The next time there they knew him and he was liked by all. He often helped folks that were broke down on the road. He was just a good guy. Never wanting much. Just a smile & hug would do. Lord you took him to soon!
    Love You Pokey!

    Posted by: Dean Dingman

    RIP cuz. I am so glad we were able to spend some time together at my Mom’s 90 th birthday celebration two years ago. Uncle Bill, Judy, Bonnie, and Cheryl – God bless you all.

    Love, Dean

    Posted by: Mike & Amy Schreiner

    We are so sorry for your loss! Your all in our thoughts & Prayers.

    Posted by: John Paepke Sr
    our sincere condolences to
    your family. Our thoughts and
    prayers are with you all.

    Pastor John

    Posted by: Allen & Pam Christensen

    Our thoughts are with the Stearns family. So sorry for your loss.

    Posted by: Jay &Annette(Rutherford) Edwards

    Dear Stearns family.You are in our thoughts.

    Posted by: Shirley & Ron Dukes

    Our prayer’s go out to the Stearns family. So sorry for your loss. God Bless each of you & hold you close during this time.

    Posted by: Sean Jordan

    You were a great man. I wish my son could of met you.

    Posted by: Katrina Barkley
    Jerry, you were my best friend. I am very sad that Spencer will never meet you, but he will know of you just as much as anyone does. I will miss all your stories, advice, car rides, and all your selfless actions. I love you Jerry Stearns.

    Posted by: robby barkley

    More of a grandparents then I have ever known in my life. Will me sorely missed and never forgotten.

    Posted by: Debi Barkley
    I will always love you Jerry. I miss you so much. I call your phone just to hear your voice. Thank you for all you taught me.I will cherish the time we spent together. I am lost right now without you. I know you will be in Heaven watching over all of us. I love you my best friend I ever had.

    Posted by: glenda wing

    we shared many good times as youngsters . Jerry always would pick on me when i spent time with his sister judy I always enjoyed his talks when we met at the resturant . With sincere sympathy glenda wing

    Posted by: Duffy and Brenda Klingensmith

    We send our sympathies to Jerrys family.

    Posted by: Mandi Sheets

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. I was fortunate enough to meet and spend some time with Jerry,he was a very kind man.

    Posted by: Deb Humphrey

    Posted by: Ian & Sara Garnett
    Bonnie & Ed,
    We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.

    Posted by: alan rohn

    kevin mike alan and others i am sorry for your lose.i know it’s hard to lose a parent you are in my thoughts

    Posted by: Courtney

    You were a very nice and eccentric kind of man that will be missed by all…Rest In Peace!!!

    Posted by: Collin Barkley
    I’ll always remember the cool stuff he made me for Indians. I love my hatchet! Jerry made me dream catchers even a really big dream catcher to stop my nightmares. I’m thankful for all the times I got to have bon fires and share stories with Jerry and my grandma. I’m glad I got to see him one more time Tuesday. Ill miss you Jerry!

    Posted by: Peyton Barkley
    I remember the cool names that he made for me and I will always remember him. He just made me a name and I am thankfull I will always keep it out so I remember him.

    Posted by: Todd and Valerie Barkley
    RIP Jerry. You’re a great man and am very thankful for your kindness and friendship towards my family. More over, my mother. A true genuine man you were…


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