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Earl K. Sterling


02/14/1938 - 02/03/2014 Obituary
Earl K. Sterling Obituary
Earl was born in Santa Monica CA. He passed into the afterlife on 2-3-14.
He is survived by his loving wife Jan, son Tom and his wife Laurie, brother Robert, grandsons: Cody, Adam, Austin and Wyatt; granddaughter Kayla, and great granddaughter Adalynn. He was predeceased by his father Buddy Sterling, mother Winnie, son Ben and brother Floyd.
His early years were spent on ranches where his father was employed as foreman, including the Pacific Palisades ranch belonging to Will Rogers. At his father's side he and his brothers learned to ride, rope, and handle working aspects of cattle ranching. Earl met many movie people and rodeo cowboys in those days.
When he was in high school the family moved to Ventura and became city people. He graduated from Ventura High School and married the mother of his 2 sons. He worked several different jobs to support his family. While with UPS he became involved with the Teamsters Union and hired on with the Western Conference as an organizer to assist with the organization of field workers in the Central Valley in opposition of Cesar Chavez. When that effort failed he ran for President of Local 186 and won with the rest of his slate. He enjoyed hunting, bowling, and golf in those years.
He had been divorced several years when he met and married his soul mate, Jan, in 1977. They both embraced his ranching heritage. He bought a horse and began team roping. He left the Teamsters and they moved several times including Texas and Wyoming before they landed in Bakersfield CA in 1984. Although they worked conventional city jobs, horses were their passion.
Throughout his life he continued living the western ethics he had been taught. His word was his bond and responsibilities taken very seriously. Earl supported Jan when she studied and achieved an RN license in 1996. He was a good friend and could be counted for help when needed. He continued to enjoy roping at jackpots and often went to watch the "toughs" at bigger venues.
He will be sorely missed by all that knew him. Many thanks to Optimal Hospice and Miriam RN who coordinated his care during the long fight with the cancer that took him.
There will be no Memorial Service at his request. In lieu of flowers, please give to the Hospice of your choice. For additional information, please contact Basham Funeral Care at 873-8200.
Basham Funeral Care
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Feb. 8, 2014
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