Jere is survived by his wife of nearly 53 years, Marilyn Stearman; son, Kent C. Stearman of Seoul, South Korea; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and David Pflugrad of Fort Myers, Fla.; two sisters, Barbara Hansen and her husband Ivan of Adairsville, Ga.; and Patricia Hansen of Cape Coral, Fla.; three brothers, David Stearman of Terra Bella, Calif.; Michael Stearman and his wife Tonya of Weaverville, Calif.; and Greg Stearman and his wife Kathy of Berrien Springs, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.
Jere had lived in Calhoun since 2004 and was an active member of the Calhoun Seventh-day Adventist Church. He had worked part-time in maintenance at the Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Previously, he resided in several areas of Kansas; Lexington, Kentucky; Austin, Texas; and Seale, Ala. During Jere’s 27 year career with IBM he helped develop the first inkjet printer for office use. His accomplishments include building a house for his family in the 1970’s. Jere loved nature and had a lifelong fascination with electricity and electronics. He was known as a helpful friend and neighbor who could fix anything.
A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday afternoon, March 16, at 5 p.m. at Calhoun Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1411 Rome Rd. SW with Elder Ken Mittleider officiating. In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to make memorial contributions to Gospel Ministries International, PO Box 506, Collegedale, TN 37315, www.gospel ministry.org, 423-473-1841.
Online condolences may be posted at www.forevermissed.com/jere-stearman for the Stearman family.
Thomas Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.