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Richard Stearns
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CARBONDALE – Richard “Dick” Stearns, 74, of Carbondale, passed away at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 in his residence surrounded by loving family.    

    Richard was born on August 28, 1943 to Claude Ray and Mabel Lorena (Lipe) Stearns in Carbondale.  On March 10, 1984 Richard was united in marriage with Kim Ellen Kilman in Carbondale and they spent many wonderful years together.  

   He is survived by his wife Kim,  two sons,  Christian Stearns and Justin (Shannon) Somers, daughter Samantha (Bill) Foster; four brothers, Robert (Marge) Stearns, Harry Stearns, Tom (Donna) Stearns, and George (Linda) Stearns; five sisters,  Lela Roberts, Lyda Horn, Betty (Gilbert) King, Carol (Bill) Forbes, and Juanita Stien; and five grandchildren;  Maggie Foster,   Troy, Haley, MacIntyre and Ryker Somers and many nieces, nephews and friends.   

   Richard is preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers Frank and Randy Stearns.    
    Richard worked for 34 years as a Superintendent of Water and Sewer Distribution for the City of Carbondale retiring in 2003. He proudly served our country in the United States Air Force.    

   We will forever carry with us the love and laughter he gave us.  Compassionately throughout his illness his only concern was for his family.  We are left to cherish the love and wonderful memories he gave to his wife, kids and grandkids.    

   Services will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Meredith Funeral Home, Carbondale with Casey Ramer officiating.  Visitation from 1 – 3 p.m. will be at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in Boskydell Cemetery. 

   Memorials are the preferred form of remembrance and can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.   If you would like to share a story or memory please visit

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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
G Meredith Funeral Home

300 S. University Ave.
Carbondale, IL 62901





3:00 PM
G Meredith Funeral Home

300 S. University Ave.
Carbondale, IL 62901

Cemetery Details


Boskydell Cemetery

Boskydell Road (County Road 30) and Springer Ridge Road
Carbondale , IL 62902

Memorial Contribution

Hospice of Southern Illinois

204 Halfway Rd
Marion, IL 62959

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