Douglas J. Stearns, 57, of Fostoria, died Sunday, January 12, 2014, at the Fostoria Community Hospital. He was born April 2, 1956, in Fostoria, to Paul Gwilym “Bill” and Judith Ann (Hill) Stearns. Doug married Beverly Jayne Freischlag on July 10, 1981, in Bowling Green, and she survives.
Also surviving is his mother, Judith Stearns, of Fostoria; a son, Major Charles “Chuck” E. Stearns, of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina; brothers, Jeff Stearns, Gary (Bev) Stearns and Thomas (Jennie) Stearns, all of Fostoria; and several loving nieces and nephews. He is preceded by his father.
Doug was a 1974 graduate of Fostoria High School and received a bachelor of science degree from SUNY at Cortland. He was the vice president of sales and marketing for The Seneca Wire Group, Inc. for the past 30 years. He was also a member of Valley Creek Lodge, University Club, NRA and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
As a lifetime farmer with his brothers, Doug always had a connection with the outdoors. He carried those core values into his personal life as his yard was a work of art and he took great pride in its appearance.
The Indians were always on the radio in his garage, as he was the eternal optimist concerning the Tribe, often saying “wait until next year.” He was an avid deer and elk hunter in Pennsylvania and the west. Doug had a wealth of knowledge (“wealth of worthless information,” in his words) in a wide variety of subjects, with special expertise in military history.
Memorial visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, January 16, 2014, at the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home Fostoria. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Kaubisch Memorial Library, Fostoria Academic Boosters or American Heart Association.
Online Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hffh.net.
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