Hutchinson – Earnest A. Sterling, 88, passed away May 7, 2022 at Hospice House, Hutchinson, KS. He was born June 15, 1933 in Hutchinson, KS, the son of Frank and Marie (Strawn) Sterling.
He attended Nickerson High School and was drafted into the United States Army. He served in the Korean War and was honorably discharged on April 22, 1955. Earnest married Shirley Nickels on June 24, 1967 in Nowata, OK. She passed away in 2016. Earnest was a longtime resident of Pretty Prairie. He worked for Ford as a farm tractor mechanic and retired after 36 years.
Earnest was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Shirley; two sisters, Norma Jean Scott and Joyce Elliot; and two brothers, Don Sterling and Richard Sterling.
He is survived by his children; Shawn Sterling, Arlington, Jody Harris, Emporia, Rodney Sterling, Hutchinson, Todd Sterling (Meghann), Hutchinson, his sister, Jan (Rick) Jensen; six grandchildren, Amber (Kris) Kohlhoff, Justin (Amy) Sterling, Tacie Harris (Levi Hadden), Austin Harris (Kenzie Zimmerman), Parker Sterling and Kierah Sterling; and nine great-grandchildren, Logan and Mason Kohlhoff, Olivia and Gunner Sterling, Aiden Hadden, Mason Crook, Brynlee and Canton Hadden and Remington Harris.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Hutchinson Funeral Chapel, 300 E. 30th Ave, Hutchinson with Pastor Darrell Peterson presiding. The family will greet friends following the service. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, 2022 at the funeral chapel. Memorials may be given to Hospice of Reno County in care of the funeral chapel.