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David Stearns

August 25, 1951 — April 20, 2020


David Arthur Stearns (a.k.a. Crocker) 68, died from complications due to Influenza A /pneumonia at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND on April 20, 2020. David was born August 25, 1951 in Detroit Lakes, MN to   Earl and Margaret (Vizenor) Stearns.

Dave graduated from Frazee High School, class of 1969. In 1974 Dave married Kathleen (Jacobson) Stearns. They celebrated 46 wonderful years of marriage. Dave worked at American Crystal Sugar in Moorhead, then later retired in 2012. He had a love for the outdoors and spent many hours enjoying nature while he was cutting wood. Dave loved spending time with his family, taking his grandchildren hunting and fishing, and teaching them the art of gardening, canning pickles, and making sauerkraut. Dave enjoyed spending time with his friends, neighbors, and family and he also hosted a weekly card party every Saturday night.

Dave survived by his wife Kathy; son Donovan Stearns;  daughter Desiree (Scott) Rader; His six grandchildren, Tristen and Courtney Rader, Alexis, Hunter, Brittany and Tripp Stearns of Rochert, MN. His brother Paul (Cheryl) Stearns of Rochert; sisters Joyce Anderson of Mesa, AZ, and JoAnn (John) Lien of Rochert; Mother-in-law Yvonne Jacobson of Hawley; brother and sister-in-law’s, Barb & Lowell Aakre of Hawley, Margaret Cossette of Fargo, Mary & Jeff Anders of Hawley, John Jacobson of Hawley, Brenda & John Willman of Lindstrom, MN; many nieces and nephews, and the neighborhood kids that considered him grandpa. He was preceded in death by both his parents Earl and Margaret Stearns; Father-in-law Arnie Jacobson; and brother-in-law John Anderson.

Dave will be dearly missed by all his family and friends. A celebration of life will be planned on a future date.

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

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