To compensate for this, Stearley elected to take a position as a bus driver for the Clay Community School Corporation.
His wife wasn't all that thrilled about his "lying around," either, he said.
"She didn't think that much of that," he said.
For his 15 years of service within the corporation, the State of Indiana recognized Stearley with a Distinguished Hoosier certification Friday at the bus garage's annual end-of-year cookout.
CCSC Director of Transportation Frank Misner corresponds with Gov. Mitch Daniels' office yearly regarding the certificates.
"(Stearley is) a lot of fun to be around," Misner said of the driver. "We do this every year for people who are going to retire. It's just super the way this works out."
Former bus driver Nancy Ellis was also recognized for her service with a certificate, which she received earlier. Ellis was unable to attend Friday's festivities.
Stearley -- a lifelong resident of Clay County -- said he's looking forward to retirement, especially sleeping in.
Still, he will miss the people he has come to know.
"I won't get to run around and see anybody," he said.
In addition to the certificate, corporation bus drivers presented Stearley with what was considered his backup for lunch in case he missed in.
Two cans of Diet Coke and a package of Little Debbies.