Reginald Heber “Flip” Sterns II died peacefully Oct. 20, 2023, at the age of 97.
Reginald is survived by his wife, Jean Sterns, Winter Garden, Florida; son, Reggie Sterns III, of Winter Garden; stepdaughter, Cheryl Rogers Peach, of Winter Garden; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his father, Reginald Heber Sterns I; mother, Elsie Sterns; sister, Elsie Schneck; son, Mark Sterns; daughter, Mary Sterns Whidden; stepdaughter, Shelly Rogers Clark; and granddaughter, Jennifer Sterns Slack.
Flip was born June 16, 1926, in New York City, New York, to Heber and Elsie. He was raised in the Republic of Panama, where he spent most of his childhood. He moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1942, and enlisted in the Navy in 1944 during World War 2 as a Signalman on the ship. After leaving the Navy, he went on to The University of Florida.
In 1951, he moved to the City of Winter Garden, where he opened and owned the Western Auto Store on Plant Street Downtown and was a merchant there for 33 years before he retired. For the remainder of his years, he resided in Winter Garden, Florida, a place he loved to call home.
Flip's wish was not to have a service, however, he was very passionate about preserving the history of the City of Winter Garden; therefore, if you would like to donate to the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation in his name, it would be greatly received and appreciated.