The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


May 2, 2014

Dr. Jeffery O. Sterner

JOHNSTOWN — STERNER – Dr. Jeffery O., 68, Johnstown, died May 2, 2014, at Golden Living Center, Geistown, after having a debilitating stroke last spring in Florida. Jeff had a very interesting history. He was born in Kunson, Korea, July 4, 1945, under the name Cha Nun Yong. Having lost contact with his parents during the Korean Conflict in the 1950s, he came under the care of U.S. military personnel who were stationed in Korea during this time. The military, not knowing anything about his family, nicknamed him “Buckshot.” As the military personnel came and went, he did, however, make friends with them. One of them, Owen Sterner, was a career soldier who brought Jeff to San Francisco in 1958. They later moved to Calera, Okla., where Jeff assumed the name Jeffery Owen Sterner. He later resided in Greensburg with relatives of the Sterners, and it was at this time he contacted another soldier, Attorney R. Thomas Strayer, who was serving military time in Korea after the conflict. It was in June of 1964 that Jeff came to Johnstown and made his home with R. Thomas Strayer and his wife, Polly. Due to his lack of formal schooling, he was finally accepted into Johnstown School District and began his studies as a junior in 1964. He applied for and received his naturalization papers in 1965. After graduation in 1966, he went on to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and later the Pittsburgh campus, where he received a BS degree in 1970. In September 1970, he was admitted to Logan College of Chiropractic, where he received his DC degree in 1973. He opened his first chiropractic clinic on Ohio Street and later had an office on Bedford Street, with a branch office in Portage. His last clinic and nutrition center was located on Lamberd Avenue in Geistown, where he had an active practice until April 2013. One of his main hobbies was tennis, and he participated in many local events. He also enjoyed skiing and skied locally and in the western states and Switzerland. He also enjoyed hunting, especially pheasant hunting at the Pleasantvale Hunting Club, and enjoyed his German shorthaired dogs. Not having any known relatives, he was preceded in death by his acting parent, R. Thomas Strayer, and survived by his other acting parent, Edna “Polly” Strayer. He also is survived by many friends, including his office staff during the years, and especially Leroy “Skip” Fetzer and Raymond Gaydos, who gave willingly of their time during this past year. A special thanks for all the prayers and to all who cared for him in his time of illness. Jeff was a great guy and will be missed by all. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Henderson Funeral Home, East Hills, 2503 Bedford St., where funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Pastor Art Moffat, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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