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Stanley F. Stearns, 88


May 30, 2004


Stanley F. Stearns, 88, of 4 Frosty Hills Drive Danville, PA died Saturday morning, May 29, 2004, at his residence.  He was born March 15, 1916 in Chagrin Falls, Ohio where he lived until moving to Danville in 1965.  He was the son of the late Clayton and Gertrude Shippey Stearns. 

Mr. Stearns grew up working with the family farm and during that time he enjoyed outdoor sports especially bird hunting.  He graduated from Bainbridge High School in Ohio in 1934 where he was active in all sports during those years and beyond including tryouts with both the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox.  He was active for many years serving as president of Chagrin Falls Volunteer Fire Department.  Mr. Stearns was a member of the Golden Gate Lodge of Chagrin Falls of the Grand Lodge of F&AM of Ohio. 

In 1934, Mr. Stearns began his employment with TRW in Cleveland, Ohio at the age of eighteen.  In 1965, he relocated to Danville, PA as Plant Manager for TRW and retired in 1983 as Vice President and General Manager of the Compressor Components Division.  He served on the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Danville for many years.  He was a member of the Danville Rotary Club where he was named “Man of the Year” in 1980 and served with The United Way.  He was a board member of the Montour County Industrial Development Corporation where Stearns Road was named in his honor.  He was a member of the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce.   Mr. Stearns was also a board member of the Private Industry Council of the Central Region Training Service, Inc. from July 1983 until March 1989.  An avid golfer, Mr. Stearns was a member of the Frosty Valley Country Club.   

He was married for 47 years to Hope Davidson Stearns who preceded him in death January 4, 1985.  He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Jean Roth Hess Stearns whom he married March 11, 1987.  Also surviving are two sons; William P. Stearns and his wife Nancy of Chagrin Falls, Ohio and Thomas W. Stearns of Keene, New Hampshire and two grandchildren, Greg and Pamela.  He is also survived by a stepdaughter Cynthia Hess Williams and husband John of Clifton Park, New York and two step-grandchildren, Megan and Craig.  He was preceded in death by one sister Dorothy Snow.     

A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday at 11:00 AM from the Grove Presbyterian Church 330 Bloom Road Danville, PA with Sabbatical Pastor Elizabeth C. Hallen officiating.  Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society NCICFUL PO Box 102454 Atlanta, GA 30368, The American Heart Association 1704 Warren Avenue Williamsport, PA  17701  or the Thomas Beaver Free Library 25 East Market Street Danville, PA.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Miller-Visneski Funeral Home 10 West Mahoning Street Danville, PA 


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