Published at the Find-A-Grave web site, September 6, 2011.
Harry Everett "Skip" Stearns, 60, of Mount Pleasant, formerly of Quincy, Illinois, died Saturday, September 3, 2011, at Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.
Born February 22, 1951, in West Chester, he was the son of Edgar Larue and June Joan Krieger Stearns. On September 2, 1972, he married Mary Pamela Oliver in rural Danville. They divorced. On May 7, 1985, he married Carol L. Kephart in New London. They divorced.
Mr. Stearns worked for General Electric in Burlington while attending Quincy Technical College automotive school. He moved to rural Mount Union and in March 1976 began work as a welder, shearer operator and slitter operator at Heatilator Corp in Mount Pleasant. He retired due to his health.
He attended school in Mount Pleasant and New London.
He served from July 1969 to February 1971 as a quartermaster in the 268th AVN Battalion in the Army during the Vietnam War, then transferred to the USAAC Army Reserve in St. Louis.
He enjoyed motorcycle riding and a motorcycle trip to California, watching movies, collecting Elvis Presley memorabilia, building model cars, looking at classic and muscle cars, and especially time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include four sons: Yancy Stearns of Mount Pleasant, Hutchinson Stearns of Burlington, Robert Kephart of Donnellson and John Smithburg of Gray, Louisiana; two daughters: Katrina Gipple of Winfield and Angela Kruse of Salem; one sister, Karen Trevino of Red Bluff, California; his former wife, Carol, of Mount Pleasant; 17 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by one grandchild and his parents.
Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. today at Kimzey Funeral Home in Mount Pleasant, where family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. The body will be cremated following visitation.
The memorial service for Mr. Stearns will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Kimzey Funeral Home, with the Reverend Jerry Phillips officiating. Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery in Mount Pleasant.
A memorial has been established for a veterans' group to be designated later.