Orville Starkey

Orville left us on June 21, 2013, in his home.  He was born October 11, 1928, to Emery and Ada (Hobbs) Starkey.  He worked as a crane operator, and was honored with a 50-year award for membership in the International Union of Operating Engineers.  He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Air Force.

Orville is survived by:  his wife of 62 years, Barbara J. (Bodenbender) Starkey; son, James M. Starkey; sister, Madeline (Starkey) Ferguson; brothers, Olin (Dorothy) Starkey, Fred (Beverly) Starkey and Bill Starkey; and sister-in-law, Joyce Starkey.  He will also be missed by:  grandchildren, Sharla (Scott) Caro, Angela Starkey, Casey (John) Caldwell, Mindy (Casey) Hagerman, BJ (Sean) Hagerman, Tammy Hagerman-Wooten and Tanya Steel; and many great- and great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He has joined:  daughter, Darlene A. (Starkey) Hagerman; son, John R. Steel; brother, Cameron Starkey.

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel, with interment to follow in Evergreen Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Monday.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in memory of Orville Starkey.

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Debbie Calcaterra
June 23, 2013 at 10:08 am

I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Edwin Heiss
January 21, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Mrs. Starkey and family,
I was sorry to learn that the Starkey brothers had passed on and also Cameron’s son – way too young. I worked with both of them for Raff & Dexter Bridge Contractors in the early 60’s in the Grand Rapids area and I’m quite sure Orville went up to the Kinross batch plant at the same time I did to finish the International Bridge and surounding area freeway bridge projects as well as cement work at Kincheloe Air Force Base and Rudyard School. I remember Cameron (crane operator in G.R.) yelling down to me once when I did something stupid near the bucket “hey, Heiss, always alert, nobody hurt” and I have repeated that phrase many times since then – many memorable moments.
Wishing you and yours the best.

Edwin Heiss (Motorcycle Mike as I was known for some reason 😎


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