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DeSoto - Jason Allen Stearns, 41, of DeSoto, passed away February 2, 2018, in Detroit, Michigan.
Memorial services will be held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 8, 2018, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Deacon Randy Dietz officiating. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are the preferred form of remembrance and may be made to the family.
Jason was born on August 3, 1976, in Carbondale, to George Allen Stearns and Ellen K. Zinn.
He is survived by his wife, Kelly L. Snyder, of DeSoto; step-daughter, Lily Rose Frantz; parents, George (Linda) Stearns and Ellen (fiancé John Blackstock); in-laws, Dee (Patti) Snyder and Randall (Sandy) Johnson; siblings, Frankie (Todd) Goro, Randy (Erica) Stearns, Seth Stearns, and Adam Stearns; brother-in-law, Marshall (Andrea) Snyder; nieces and nephews, Mary Goro, Liam Goro, Stewart Goro, Margot Stearns, a nephew on the way, Josey Stearns, Audrey, Sam and Storme Snyder; his best friend since childhood, Eric Campbell; and a multitude of family and friends.
He joined the Army in 1994, and was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Jason then served with the Illinois National Guard and the 103 Signal Company. Following his time in the service, Jason spent five years working at Menard Correctional facility in Chester. He opted to go work in Iraq after working as a corrections officer. Jason spent almost six years building and running power generation stations, which provided power to the various military bases throughout Iraq. He finally settled on being a traveling mechanic for Xylem, a job that he excelled at.
At his 10 year class reunion, he ran into a girl he had asked out in high school. This time she said yes! They wed on July 4th, 2008, (his favorite holiday) so he would never forget their anniversary. Together they shared 14 years of a wonderful, fun, adventure. Jason loved game night, going to the movies and family vacations. He enjoyed tinkering in the barn, building and making stuff. He also loved hunting, and spending time with friends.