GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                                                            Sunday, June 15, 2003

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Gay A. Stearns

 

   HARLEM -- World War II Navy veteran, business owner and rancher Gay A. Stearns, 77, formerly of Chinook, died of congestive heart failure at his Harlem home Friday.

His funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Fort Belknap Red Whip Center, with burial with military honors in the Malta Cemetery. Edwards Funeral Home in Chinook is handling arrangements.

   Gay is survived by his wife Inez Steans of Harlem; sons Wesley (Martha) Stearns of Williston, N.D.; Conrad (Lana) Stearns of Dickinson, N.D.; Sanford Stearns of Miles City; daughters Charmaine (Winston) Morin of Harlem; Tracie Johnson of Spencer, Iowa; step son Harold Brockelby of N.M.; stepmother Arlene VanWechel of Sunnyvale, Calif.; brothers Lionel "Pete" Stearns of Wasilla, Alaska; Kenneth Stearns of Sunnyside, Wash., Bill Stearns of Prosser, Wash., Mike Stearns and Joe Stearns both of Sunnyside, Wash.; sisters Peggie Lappe of Great Falls; Ann Garman of Grandview, Wash., Gloria Wallace of Wapeto, Wash., Hattie Jo Chancellor of Vancouver, Wash., 16 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins.

   He was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Beatrice Stearns, sisters Ramona Baker and Bernadine "Bunny" Trottier.

   During his extended illness, he was cared for by his grand-daughter Candice Stearns of Billings.

   Gay was the oldest of 12 children born in Malta on April 14, 1926, the son of Kenneth and Beatrice (Smith) Stearns. Gay attended schools in Whitewater and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1944, where he served during World War II. Gay was a bar/restaurant owner, rancher, pawn broker and also worked in the petroleum industry.

Gay enjoyed visiting with his family and many friends. He also enjoyed playing cards, dancing, listening to music, working with horses and enjoyed his dogs.

   He married Thelma Wallace in 1949, and they had five children. He married Inez Brockelsby in 1975.

   Gay was a master at the art of making all who knew him, love him. He made friends wherever he went and treated all people equally. He was unabashedly warm-hearted, kind and generous. He had a fondness for animals of all varieties. He thoroughly enjoyed assisting the injured and stray. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him

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HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                                                      Monday, June 16, 2003

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GAY STEARNS


Stearns

   HARLEM - Gay A. Stearns, 77, formerly of Chinook, died at his home in Harlem on Friday after a long battle with congestive heart failure.

   Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Fort Belknap Red Whip Center. Burial with military honors will be in the Malta Cemetery.

   Gay was the oldest of 12 chil-dren born on April 14, 1926, in Malta to Kenneth and Beatrice (Smith) Stearns. Gay attended schools in Whitewater. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944 and served during World War II.

   Gay was a bar/restaurant owner, rancher, pawn broker and also worked in the petroleum industry.

   He married Thelma Wallace in 1949 and they had five children. He married Inez Brockelsby in 1975.

   Gay enjoyed visiting with his family and many friends. He also enjoyed playing cards, dancing, listening to music, working with horses and his dogs.

   Gay was a master at the art of making all who knew him, love him. He made friends wherever he went and treated all people equally. He was unabashedly warmhearted, kind and generous. He had a fondness for animals of all varieties. He thoroughly enjoyed assisting the injured and stray.

   During his extended illness, he was cared for by his granddaughter Candice Stearns of Billings.

   Gay is survived by his wife, Inez Steans of Harlem; sons Wesley (Martha) Stearns of Williston, N.D., Conrad (Lana) Stearns of Dickenson, N.D., Sanford Stearns of Miles City; daughters, Charmaine (Winston) Morin of Harlem and Tracie Johnson of Spencer, Iowa; stepson, Harold Brockelby of New Mexico; stepmother, Arlene VanWechel of Sunnyvale, Calif.; brothers, Lionel "Pete" Stearns of Wasilla, Alaska, Kenneth Stearns of Sunnyside, Wash., Bill Stearns of Prosser, Wash., Mike Stearns and Joe Stearns, both of Sunnyside, Wash.; sisters, Peggie Lappe of Great Falls, Ann Garman of Grandview, Wash., Gloria Wallace of Wapeto, Wash., and Hattie Jo Chancellor of Vancouver, Wash.; 16 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Beatrice Stearns; sisters, Ramona Baker and Bernadine "Bunny" Trottier

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BILLINGSS GAZETTE                                                                         Tuesday, June 17, 2003

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Gay A. Stearns

HARLEM - Gay A. Stearns, 77, formerly of Chinook, passed away at his home in Harlem on Friday, June 13, 2003, after a long battle with congestive heart failure. During his extended illness, he was cared for by his granddaughter, Candice Stearns of Billings.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 18, at 11 a.m., in the Fort Belknap Red Whip Center, and burial with military honors in the Malta Cemetery.

Gay was the oldest of 12 children born in Malta on April 14, 1926, the son of Kenneth and Beatrice (Smith) Stearns. Gay attended schools in Whitewater and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1944, where he served during World War II. Gay was a bar/restaurant owner, rancher, pawnbroker and also worked in the petroleum industry. Gay enjoyed visiting with his family and many friends. He also enjoyed playing cards, dancing, listening to music, working with horses and enjoyed his dogs.

He married Thelma Wallace in 1949 and they had five children. He married Inez Brockelsby in 1975.

Gay is survived by his wife, Inez Stearns of Harlem; sons, Wesley (Martha) Stearns of Williston, N.D., Conrad (Lana) Stearns of Dickinson, N.D., Sanford Stearns of Miles City; daughters, Charmaine (Winston) Morin of Harlem, Tracie Johnson of Spencer, Iowa; stepson, Harold Brockelby of New Mexico; stepmother, Arlene VanWechel of Sunnyvale, Calif.; brothers, Lionel "Pete" Stearns of Wasilla, Alaska, Kenneth Stearns of Sunnyside, Wash., Bill Stearns of Prosser, Wash., Mike Stearns and Joe Stearns, both of Sunnyside; sisters, Peggie Lappe of Great Falls, Ann Garman of Grandview, Wash., Gloria Wallace of Wapeto, Wash., Hattie Jo Chancellor of Vancouver, Wash.; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Beatrice Stearns; sisters, Ramona Baker and Bernadine "Bunny" Trottier.

Gay was a master at the art of making all who knew him love him. He made friends wherever he went and treated all people equally. He was unabashedly warm-hearted, kind and generous. He had a fondness for animals of all varieties. He thoroughly enjoyed assisting the injured and stray. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

 

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THE BLAINE CO. JOURNAL NEWS-OPINION                             Wednesday, June 18, 2003

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   Gay A. Stearns, 77, passed away at his home in Har­lem on Friday, June 13, 2003, following a long battle with congestive heart failure. During his extended illness he was cared for by his granddaughter Candice Steams of Billings. Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, June 18, at 11:00 am. in the Fort Belknap Red Whip Center and burial with Military Honors will be in the Malta Cemetery. Edwards Fu­neral Home of Chinook is in charge of arrangements.

   Born on April 14, 1926 in Malta, Gay was the oldest of 12 children born to Kenneth and Beatrice (Smith) Stearns. He attended school in Whitewater. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1944 and served during World War II.

   During his lifetime, Gay was  a bar/restaurant owner, a rancher, pawnbroker, and worked in the petroleum industry. He enjoyed visiting with his family and many friends.    He also enjoyed  playing cards, dancing, listening to music, working with horses, and his dogs.

   In 1949 Gay married Thelma Wallace and they had five chil­dren. In 1975 he married lnez Brockelby.

   Gay was a master at the art of making everyone who knew him love him. He made friends wherever he went, and he treated all people equally. He was unabash­edly a warm-hearted, kind and generous man. He had a fondness for animals of all varieties and he thoroughly enjoyed assisting the injured and stray. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

   Survivors include his wife lnez Stearns of Harlem; three sons, Wesley (Martha) Stearns of Williston, ND, Conrad (Lana) Stearns of Dickenson, ND, and Sanford Stearns of Miles City; two daughters, Charmaine (Winston) Morin of Harlem and Tracie Johnson of Spencer, IA; stepson Harold Brockelby of New Mexico; stepmother Arlene VanWechel of Sunnyvale, CA; five brothers, Lionel “Pete” Steams of Wasilla, AK, Kenneth Stearns of Sunnyside, WA, Bill Stearns of Prosser, WA, Mike Stearns and Joe Steams both of Sunnyside, WA; four sisters, Peggie Lappe of Great Falls, Ann Garman of Grandview, WA, Glo­ria Wallace of Wapeto, WA, and Hattie Jo Chancellor of Vancou­ver, WA; 16 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; plus many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Ramona Baker and Bernadine “Bunny” Trottier.

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