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Bob Edward Stearley

Monday, July 13, 2009

Bob Edward Stearley, 78, Ft. Myers, Fla., formerly of Brazil, died unexpectedly July 11, 2009, in Valparaiso, Ind.

He was born Feb. 21, 1931, in Clay County, to Melvin and Edith Stearley Myers.

He was later adopted and raised by his parents, Edward and Bess Stearley.

Bob graduated from Brazil High School, class of 949, and was employed by Poland Hardware. He later began work for Public Service Indiana and retired following more than 41 years of service.

From 1951-53, he served in the infantry in the Korean Conflict until his honorable discharge in 1953.

On Nov. 25, 1953, he married Geraldine Neese Stearley. She survives.

He was a 50-year member of the American Legion Post 2 and a 50-year member of Center Point Masonic Lodge No. 597.

Following retirement in 1992, he and Geri moved to Ft. Myers, Fla., where they spent 16 wonderful years. He was an active member of the St. John's UCC in Stearleyville and later the Church of the Cross in Ft. Myers.

Bob was a loving husband to Geri for their 56 years of marriage and a devoted father to his children Debra Fay Stough and husband Larry, Jeffersonville, Ind., and son Douglas and wife Kristine, New Brighton, Minn. His special loves were his grandchildren Matthew Stearley and Nathan Stearley, Chad Stough and wife Kerry, Dallas, Ga., and Kristin Hauswald and husband Paul, Corydon, Ind., and his great-grandchildren Bradley, Cody and Christa Hauswald.

Services will take place Thursday, at 2 p.m., at Lawson-Miller Chapel, 1702 E. National Ave., Brazil, with Rev. Steve Moore officiating. Burial will follow at St. John's Cemetery.

Visitation will be Wednesday, from 4-8 p.m.

Masonic Services will take place Thursday prior to services as well as a military walk-through. Military graveside rites will be provided by American Legion Post 2 and the V.F.W. No. 1127.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Heart Association or to the Church of the Cross, Building Fund, 15500 Freshman Lane, Ft. Myers, Fla., 33912-1808.

Post a heart of condolence at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.