Robert M. Sterling

October 18, 2012

Robert M. Sterling 83, Frankfort, IN, went to be with his Lord on the morning of October 18, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. Born March 6, 1929 in Frankfort, IN to the late Ernest M. & Bonnie (Best) Sterling. He married Joan L. Behr on August 23, 1950 in Frankfort, IN and she survives. Mr. Sterling lived in Frankfort, IN and graduated in 1947 from Thomas A. Roberts High School in Berlin Germany. His senior trip was down the Rhine River aboard a yacht that was previously owned by Hitler. While in Germany, Mr. Sterling attended the Nuremberg Trials. He owned and operated the Robert M. Sterling Insurance Agency, retiring in 2006. Mr. Sterling attended the First Church of the Nazarene in Frankfort, was a 50 year member of the Clinton Masonic Lodge #54, assisted with Cub Scouts, was on the Boys Club Board, was a former Frankfort Jaycee and was currently on the Center Township advisory board.

Visitation and Services

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, October 21, 2012 at Goodwin Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 12 Noon until time of service at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service in Bunnell Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene or Clinton County Cancer Association. The family would like to thank Bob’s many caregivers who with their care allowed Bob to peacefully spend his final days at home.

Survived by:

Wife: Joan L. Behr Sterling of Frankfort 1 Son: Ted (Fiancé Julie) Sterling of Frankfort 2 Daughters: Susan (Charlie) Cottrell and Jan (Nevin) Ewing both of Frankfort 7 Grandchildren, Dustin (Tia) Sterling, Kristy (Jim) Sterling Dixon, Craig (Angie) Cottrell, Stacie Cottrell Lowe, Cal Ewing, Nicole Ewing and Jason (Beth) Hurless 11 Great Grandchildren: Kylie and Christoper Dixon, Greyson Chandler, Madeline and Aubrey Sterling, Mallory Martin, Kyle (Lindsy) Cottrell, Kaleb Petersen, Kishla Cottrell, Will & Lucas Hurless 2 Great Great Grandchildren: Kayden Martin and Ava Cottrell

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Jamie Sterling.


6 Condolences for “Robert M. Sterling”

  1. Jeff and Debbie Johnson October 20, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    We are very sorry for your loss. Everyone take care,our prayers are with you.

  2. Cheryl Smith October 21, 2012 at 5:08 am

    Remember him as a good down to earth person when we came in to pay our insurance, I am sure he will be sadly missed by all.

  3. Jim Osbon October 21, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    So very sorry about the loss of Bob, he and I had developed a very good friendship and enjoyed very much working together at Center Township, in fact he showed me the ropes, Bob was truly a Gentleman’s Gentleman, he was always so positive and upbeat. I cherished his friendship, and will miss him so very much. I apologize for not making the services I was in Chicago all weekend.
    Sincerely, Jim Osbon

  4. Ron & Erilda Coleman October 22, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Dear Jan & Nevin & family
    We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your Father. Know he will be dearly missed. Please accept our deepest & heartfelt sympathy. Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you at this time. God Bless. Ron & Erilda & family

  5. Tom & Laurenda Whitcomb October 22, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Joan & Family:
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Bob was a ray of sunshine and we so enjoyed knowing him through the Clinton County Diners’ Club. Please know that thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Blessings, Tom & Laurenda Whitcomb

  6. Emma Shanks St.Dennis October 23, 2012 at 10:44 am

    To the Sterling family,
    I remember Mr. Sterling always being so very friendly to my parents as their insurance man. Such a kind person will be missed. Emma Shanks St.Dennis

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