Roger David “R.D.” Stearns


Roger David Stearns (R.D.) was born March 25, 1947 in Carthage, Missouri and passed away Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Kansas City Hospice House. He graduated from Carthage High School in 1965. Roger attended Southwest Missouri State University and graduated from Ozark Christian College, Joplin, Missouri in 1969. He was a Youth Minister, Associate Minister, Senior Minister and Song Evangelist from 1967 – 1995. Roger was a suit specialist for Dillard’s Department Store from 1996 – 2009. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, David and Sheri Stearns, his sons Kevin and Eric Stearns, his sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Jerry Meyer and his aunt, Elizabeth Davis, five grandchildren; Tabitha, Andrew, Justin, Xaylen and Carter, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Preceding him in death was a son, Nathan, his parents Fred (Ted) & Wilma, aunts and uncles, cousins, grandparents and many friends. In lieu of a service, a reading of Psalm 23 is requested to be read at: Westwood Christian Church, Madison, Wisconsin; Willow Springs, Missouri Christian Church; Humboldt, Kansas Christian Church; Wakita, Oklahoma Christian Church, Cashion, Oklahoma Christian Church and the Fairview Christian Church, Carthage, Missouri. Condolences may be shared with the family at or mailed to 105 Manor Place, Gardner, Kansas 66030.





  1. Esther Nickens on April 23, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I was saddened to see that the recent OCC “Compass” listed Roger’s passing. His sweet smile and wonderful musical talents will always be remembered. We were in the same youth group in church in Carthage and graduated the same year from Ozark Christian College. May the Lord bless and comfort all of his precious family.
    Esther (Sapp) Nickens

  2. Dennis Erwin on February 8, 2011 at 10:48 am

    It is always sad to lose a classmate. It reminds us of how quickly time passes and how temporary our time on this earth is. I know Roger’s life was a blessing to many family members and friends. I wish you all peace and comfort.

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