At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Belle City Brassworks
1017 Virginia Street
Racine, WI 53405

Johnny Hemkes Memorial Scholarship
1017 Virginia Street
Racine, WI 53405

Life Story / Obituary


Surrounded by family, Kenneth Robert Stearns, “Ken”, age 71, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 15, 2017, at his residence. He was born in Racine, September 9, 1945, son of Orrin and Joyce (Nee: Larson) Stearns.

Ken enjoyed sports and music. He was a brass enthusiast who taught drum corps in his earlier days and was one of the founders of the Belle City Brassworks. He will be dearly missed. Surviving are his mother, Joyce Stearns; sons, Thomas E. Stearns, Orrin K. (Jennifer) Stearns; grandchildren, Kingston Avery Stearns and Oliver Orrin Stearns; brothers, Jon D. Stearns, William (Carlene) Stearns; nephews; other relatives and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his father Orrin.

Per Ken’s wishes private services will be held. Memorials to the Belle City Brassworks or the Johnny Hemkes Memorial Scholarship have been suggested.