He was born Dec. 16, 1953, in Cape Girardeau, to Herby Stearns and Dorothy Self Stearns. He and Nancy S. Thiele were married Sept. 28, 1974, in Jackson; she survives.
Stearns had been a bridgeman for Union Pacific Railroad, and served in the National Guard.
He is survived by his wife; son, Andrew Stearns of St. Charles, Mo.; siblings Sue (Jerry) Schremp, Larry (Cynthia) Stearns, Ronald (Rosemary) Stearns and Thomas Stearns, all of Perryville, and Janice (Michael) Bruning of St. Louis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother Dale Stearns.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to time of service Thursday at Miller Family Funeral Home in Perryville.
The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Milton Ryan, CM officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Perryville, with graveside military honors courtesy of the American Legion Post No. 133 and the Delta Team.
Memorials can be made to Southeast Hospice.