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Phillip George Stearns

Phillip George Stearns, age 76, of Plainwell, MI passed away on December 5, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Hastings, MI on February 21, 1944 the son of George and Beaulah (Reed) Stearns. He graduated from Allegan High School in the class of 1962. In January of 1963 he married the love of his life and high school sweetheart: Carolyn Root. In 1964 he started as an apprentice at Plainwell Paper and worked his way up to being a Master Electrician at Borgess Hospital, he retired in 2010 as the physical Plant Manager. He loved to spend his mornings at the Old Plank Road restaurant. Phillip is preceded in his passing by his parents, siblings: Tom Stearns and Linda VanOrder, and his great-grandson: Andrew Novotny. Left to cherish his loving memory is his wife of 57 years: Carolyn (Root) Stearns; children: Brian Stearns and Jennifer (Steve) Vist; grandchildren: Ashley, Andrew, Phillip and Alecia; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In accordance with Phillip’s wishes cremation has taken place and no public services will take place at this time. While visiting Phillip’s webpage at www.mccowensecord.com please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with the family. The family is being assisted by the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home; Marshall-Gren Chapel, 120 S. Woodhams Street, Plainwell, MI 49080 (269-685-5881).

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I remember "Buzz" from when my mom onwed. The Fly inn Again. He was an awesome guy. Made me feel special., Even took me up in his airplane. You will be greatly missed!

Jen (Carter) Liupakka Dec 17 2020 9:27 PM

I remember your dad walking over every morning before work to sit at our kitchen table to have a cup of coffee with my mom & dad, Bill & Donna Bushee, before heading off to work at Borgess where my dad also worked. What a great friend and neighbor he was to us. He will be missed. Holding your family up in prayer.

Rhonda Kiewiet Dec 17 2020 8:13 AM

Spent lots of time with the Stearnss family growing up and have a lot of good memories. Sending thoughts and prayers to All of the Family!! Billy & Julie Shannon

Julie & Billy Shannon Dec 14 2020 6:49 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Phillip Stearns

Ed and Cathy Vist Dec 13 2020 8:55 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Phillip Stearns

Desiree Keyzer Dec 13 2020 8:40 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Phillip Stearns

Mark Hodges Dec 13 2020 6:52 PM

Buzz was my grandpa!! I called him gramps! He was a very loving and kind grandpa! I Learned a lot from him! I also have a lot of wonderful memories spent with my grandpa buzz!!! Going up in his plane with my brother Andy, getting gas for it in Allegan, flying back and having lunch at the Fly Inn!! Spending weekends as a kid at grandpa and grandmas and going to breakfast when we woke up are just some of the awesome memories spent with Buzz!! I love you Gramps!! Love Ashie Ann

Ashley McDaniel Dec 8 2020 12:10 AM

I was a secretary in the Borgess Maintenance Dept. for many years and I have many fond memories of working with Phil. It took me until the end of my first week of work to realize Phil and Buzz were the same person. To his family, my sincere condolences. Phil was a very good person and I'm blessed to have known him.

Peggy Jolliffe Dec 6 2020 9:51 PM

Buzz will be missed so much, he has a special place in all of our hearts. Its been a pleasure serving him and Carol and the whole family for years. We love you all ! Love from your Old Plank family- Sherry, Stacey, Emma, Meg, Thomas, sharon and John. :heart:

Meg Buchino Dec 6 2020 5:38 PM

So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and hugs your way. God bless you all. Gail and Russ Morris.

Gaillamorandiermorris Dec 6 2020 2:33 PM

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