Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


April 10, 2014

Donald Starr

Donald Wesley Starr was born Oct. 13, 1921, in Edgewood, Iowa, the son of Carl and Etta (Hansel) Starr.

As a young man, Don worked on the family farm and for Strawberry Point Creamery. On Aug. 14, 1942, Don enlisted in the United States Army and faithfully served until his honorable discharge on Dec. 10, 1945. Following the war, Don returned home and on April 20, 1946, he was united in marriage to Louise Smith in Manchester, Iowa. Don worked for City Laundry in Oelwein, John Deere in Waterloo, and then drove a passenger bus before taking a job with Hyman-Michaels Railroad Salvage. He was a superintendent for Hyman-Michaels and traveled around the country for deconstruction projects. Don and Louise and their daughter, Pat, moved to Knoxville in 1968. He retired in 1983. During his retirement, he drove a school bus and transported vehicles for Mathias Motors.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and a life member of the V.F.W. In his spare time, Don enjoyed working in the yard, visiting with neighbors and friends, canning, and NASCAR. His greatest joy was family; Don especially loved spending time with his wife, daughter, granddaughters, and great-grandchildren.

Don passed away on Friday, March 28, 2014, at the West Ridge Nursing and Rehab center at the age of 92 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings: George, Frank, Jim and Junior Starr, and Bernita Franck, Erma Evers, and Dorothy Wilken.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife of 67 years, Louise; daughter, Pat (Bob) Avitt of Knoxville; granddaughters, Stacey (Scott) Bacorn of Knoxville and Lindsey (Phil) Latessa of Parkville, Mo.; great-grandchildren, Tara, Tristan, and Brittany Bacorn; sisters, Velma McNeil of Monticello, Iowa and Donna Smock of Ryan, Iowa, and many other family members and friends.

Funeral Services were held at the First United Methodist Church – Knoxville, Iowa on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastors Lane Riggle and Brent Hanna, officiating. Musical Selections provided by Kristy Bennett, vocalist and Geoff Shultz, pianist, included “How Great Thou Art”, “Old Rugged Cross” and “Blessed Assurance”. Casket bearers were Bob Avitt, Scott Bacorn, Phil Latessa, Mike Malone, Dave Wilken and Don Wilken. Interment was in Graceland Cemetery – Knoxville, Iowa with Military Honors provided by the American Legion Baty-Tucker Post No.168, the V.F.W. John Myers Post #3519 and the United States Army For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church. Bybee & Davis Funeral Home handled arrangements and online condolences may be left at

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