Burl A. Stearns, 88, passed away on February 13, 2013 in Wetmore, CO. He was born July 23, 1924 to George and Ina Stearns in Greenfield, Iowa. Burl married his late wife Lois Jean Martin, October 2, 1948. On November 25, 1972 he married Irene B Breece. He served in the United States Army during WW II and was stationed in Germany. Burl discharged January 18, 1946. He later worked for and retired from the Colorado Department of Corrections. He was a member of the Wetmore Community Church, the Spanish Peaks Chapter of Child Evangelism Fellowship and the Florence Senior Center. Burl is survived by his wife, Irene (Breece) Stearns; daughter, Margaret Rose Hidlebaugh who lived in the family home; son, Joseph P. (Kathy) Breece of Winterset, IA; Barbara Ann (Chuck) Owens, Sandra (Bell) McBeth; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ina Mable Stearns; several brothers and a sister; his first wife, Lois Jean Martin. Services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the 1st Assembly of God Church, 4501 Bearpaw Drive, Florence, CO. In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to Florence Senior Center, Wetmore Community Church or the Wetmore Community Library. Arrangements are handled through Holt Family Florence Historic Funeral Home. Online condolences @ www.holtfamilyfuneral homes.com
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Published in The Canon City Daily Record on Feb. 21, 2013