Jack Stearns

Sgt. Jack Sterns passed away on Sunday, October 21st at the VA Maine Healthcare System in Togus, ME. He served the US army Rangers during the Korean War from 1951 – 1954, and was awarded the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and was awarded the Purple Heart after being shot by a sniper.

He married Agnes Russell of Albion, ME, and they had four children – Vicki, Jeff, Scott, and Tami, five grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren. Jack worked as a Pipe Fitter and was a member of UA Local 716 Plumbers & Pipefitters. He also served as a Deputy for the Kennebec County Sheriff's Department for 15 years.

Never one to sit still for too long, Jack was an avid outdoors enthusiast – hunting, fishing, trapping, and reloading ammunition. He loved spending time with his family at their camp in Yorktown, which is part of Palermo, ME. He adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren and was very proud of his grandsons who chose to serve in the military. He was also a regular at Bridget's Place Diner in Vassalboro, ME, where he loved the sweets on their menu.

Jack was a known as, “The hardest working military volunteer in Maine,” and was a member of The American Legion National Headquarters, Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW, Military Order of the Purple Heart, USA, Grand Lodge of Masons in Maine, Shriners International, and Elks Lodge. He served on the Board of Directors for the Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery and served as an Aide-de-Camp for Governor Paul LePage. In 2007, Jack was a recipient of the State of Maine Silver Star Honorable Service Medal.

Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services Acting Director, David Richmond spoke fondly of Jack, “He touched the lives of so many veterans and their families in his community and state. He will be sorely missed.”

The service for Jack and Agnes Stearns will be held at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Mt. Vernon Road in Augusta, ME, on November 2, 2018 at Noon. Due to the potential of a very large attendance the ceremony will be held outside under the Cemeteries Main Flag at the end of the Avenue of Flags.