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James Russell Stearns, 62, owner of Stearns Tile and Design, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings.
He was born May 24, 1950, in Billings, the son of Russell M. and Laury Ann (King) Stearns. He attended West High School and Eastern Montana College.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1969 and served during the Vietnam era. He received a Rifle Expert Badge and because of his high score, he won his dress blues uniform. He was a Platoon Honorman, received the Blues Award, and earned the Junior Small Bore and Pro Marksman First Class 50-Feet Award, National Defense, Vietnam Service and Good Conduct medals.
He returned to Billings and worked as a cabinet maker, was a master tile setter and owned his own business, Stearns Tile and Design.
Survivors include children, Erika Strecker and Brooke Jones, all of Billings; six grandchildren; and sisters, Shonna Stearns and Lorna Freeman.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Burial of ashes will be in the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.