CARBONDALE — Brian Todd Stearns, 31, passed away Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at his home.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, in Riggin-Pillatsch and Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Bob Wynn officiating. Military rites will be performed immediately following the service. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to an Educational Fund for his children.

Brian married Katrina Swan on April 13, 2018, in Edenton, North Carolina.

He is survived by his wife, Katrina Stearns of Carbondale; children, Jocelynn Stearns, William Stearns, Beau Stearns, and Lucian Ionescu; mother, Lisa (Craig) Donna of Marion; father, Mark Stearns of Carterville; siblings, Scott Stearns of Suffolk, Virginia, Bradley Donna of Marion, Sam Stearns of Carterville, Olivia Stearns of Carterville, Broque (Brian) Weinstein of Chicago, and Charlie Donna of Chicago; and grandparents, Charles R. Loftis of Carterville and Ken (Kay) Stearns of Crainville.

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Brian was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Geraldine Loftis; and cousin, Ryan Loftis.

He honorably served our country in the U.S. Navy as a Corpsman overseas in Afghanistan where he was awarded numerous medals and honors. Brian was a bio-medical technician at the VA Medical Center in Marion.

He was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, hunting and kayaking. Brian liked to tinker with things and could fix anything.

For more information, visit rigginpillatschburkefh.com.

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