Charles ‘Howard’ Stearns

Charles “Howard” Stearns, 78, of Millbury, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg.

He was born April 2, 1935, in Fostoria, the son of Charles and Esta (Blosser) Stearns.

Howard served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves from 1958-1961. He married Carolyn Drown March 16, 1962, and she preceded him in death Dec. 11, 2002.

He was a truck driver at Matlack, Oregon, for 35 years. Howard previously worked at Seneca Wire, Fostoria, and was a pin setter for the bowling alley in Fostoria. He retired in 1996 at the age of 61.

Howard was a member of Old Fort United Methodist Church and a member of the C.B. Club where his C.B. Handle was “Leatherneck.” He enjoyed “Star Trek” and watching westerns and TV shows every day. Howard also enjoyed camping, fishing, boating and eating at Bob Evans every night for 10 years. He owned and loved driving his Corvette back in the ’60s.

Howard is survived by four children, Margaret (James) Wooding of Toledo, Charles Stearns of Tiffin, Terri (Gary) Davenport of Green Springs, and Blaine Stearns of Millbury; stepson, Jack (Sandy) Didion of Northwood; 12 grandchildren, Tammy Spires, Andrea Bland, Malisha Bridges, Benjamin Stearns, Shaleen Jacobs, Kylie Stearns, Daniel Davenport, Donald Davenport, Rachel Greene and Beth, Brianna and Brandon Didion; and nine great-grandchildren, Kym, Liz, Kaelar, Logan, Courtney, Tyler, Olivia, Hanna and Quinn.

He also was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Elizabeth (Blake) Stearns; and granddaughter, Nicole Stearns.

Visitation will be 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Horvath-Hanes Funeral Home and Crematory, 211 N. Broadway St., Green Springs.

His funeral will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Pastor Marc Quinter officiating.

Memorials may be made to Cherry Street Mission Ministries, 105 17th St., Toledo, OH 43624 or Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551.

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