Harris R. Stearns

Harris R. Stearns, age 87, of Johnstown, passed away on Friday, December 8, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on August 13, 1930 in Rockwood, a son of the late Louis Anthony and Olive Deming Stearns.

Mr. Stearns was a 1947 graduate of Johnstown High School and entered the U.S. Army in 1948 honorably serving until 1954. During his time he served 11 months in Korea first with the 8069 Tank Company and then with Company C 89th Tank Battalion. Harris was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Korean Campaign Medal with 5 Campaign Battle Stars and the United Nations National Defense Service Medal. After his discharge from the Army he served three years with the New York Army National Guard and was discharged with the rank of Sergeant. Mr. Stearns then served twenty years as a firefighter with Johnstown Fire Department where he retired as Assistant Chief. Harris was the author of two books “A Tale from the Forgotten War” and “Memories from the Forgotten War.”

He is survived by four daughters Lorelei Glynn (Glen Brown) of Gloversville, Rachel Reeves of Ilion, Betty Lou Stearns (Mark Hardesty) of Missouri and Roberta Lee Crawford (Terry Tucker) of Arkansas, one brother Pearle Stearns of Caroga Lake, five sisters Myrtle, Janette, Holly, Julia and Patricia; several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Harris was predeceased by his wife Evelyn F. Gifford Stearns whom he married on December 24, 1973 and she passed on June 23, 2014; three brothers Arthur, Lewis and Richard and two sisters Ann and Olive Ellen.

Visitation for family and friends will be on Monday, December 11, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the A.G. Cole Funeral Home, Inc., 215 E. Main Street, Johnstown.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at the funeral home with Rev. Dr. R.W. Williams officiating.

Interment will be in Johnstown Cemetery with military honors immediately following the funeral service.

Contributions in Harris’ memory may be made to the American Lung Association, 418 Broadway, 1st Floor, Albany, New York 12207.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.agcolefuneralhome.com.