Gerald "Sonny" Stearns

August 7, 1953 ~ November 9, 2023 (age 70) 70 Years Old

Gerald "Sonny" Stearns Obituary

Fayette resident, Sonny Stearns, age 70, passed away at University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia on November 9, 2023.

Gerald Wayne Stearns, affectionately known as “Sonny” by family and friends, was born in Cooper County, MO on August 7, 1953.  He was a son to the late Willie G. and Agnes (Brozik) Stearns.  He graduated from Fayette High School with the class of 1971.  On September 2, 1992, Sonny married Donna Kay Wiley.  She preceded him in death on August 7, 2013.  Sonny primarily worked as a truck driver most of his career.  He owned and operated DK Stearns Trucking for numerous years.  Sonny also held previous jobs with MODOT and the Fayette School District as a bus driver.  When he wasn’t working, Sonny enjoyed tinkering on his vehicles in his shop, and going fishing.

Survivors include his son, Calvin (Lindsey) Stearns; three grandchildren, Barrett, Baylor and Brenner Stearns; sister, Karen Stearns; three nephews, Ernie (Sheryl) Campbell, Rodney (Rebecca) Campbell and Curtis (Raymond) Campbell; and a niece, Leshia (Ron) Hazlett.  He is also survived by two step-children, Michael Taylor and Pam Taylor.  In addition to his wife and parents, Sonny was preceded in death by a son, Gerald.

A funeral service will be held 11 AM, Monday, November 13, 2023 at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Fayette, with Rev. Mike Jackman officiating.  Visitation will be an hour before the service at the funeral home starting at 10 AM.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Family’s Choice, c/o Friemonth-Freese Funeral Service, 174 Hwy. 5 & 240 N., Fayette, MO 65254.  Online condolences may be shared at

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November 13, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Funeral Home -Fayette Location
174 Hwy. 5 & 240 N
Fayette, MO 65248

November 13, 2023

11:00 AM
Funeral Home -Fayette Location
174 Hwy. 5 & 240 N
Fayette, MO 65248


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