Sterling was born Dec. 26, 1947 in Washington, D.C. to Charles and Virginia Hammond.
Sterling leaves behind his life partner and wife Carol Poppe-Hammond of 36 years; granddaughter, Veronica Stevenson; grandson, Colton Hill; and brother-in-law, Charles (Lynn) Ludecker.
Sterling was a member of Prineville Elks, Madras Gun Club, Pacific International Trap Association and Redmond Gun Club. He served in the Air Force. He worked for the State of Oregon for 30 years. Sterling was an accomplished trap shooter, winning many championships.
He loved hunting with his bird dogs over the years. He looked forward to the next year fishing on the Brownlee with family and friends.
Sterling was preceeded in death by his parents, brother, step-daughter, Tannette, and grandson, Levi Stevenson.
Sterling will be missed by all that knew him, and expecially his trapshooting family.
Donations in Sterling's name can be made to Youth Trapshooters, c/o Jefferson County Trap Club or the Redmond Humane Society.