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DONALD WAYNE STARNES
Donald Wayne Starnes, 85, of Payson, Illinois, died on June 16, 2019 at Blessing Hospital in his hometown of Quincy, Illinois.
He was the youngest of 5 children born to Orloe Bert and Gertrude Kroner Starnes. He was preceded in death by his parents, his 4 siblings, Bert Starnes, Jack Starnes, Delores Mansfeldt, Charlotte Stevenson, including their spouses, as well as grandsons James Nathan Starnes, and Michael Logan Starnes.
Mr. Starnes shared his birthday with his daughter, Susan. He was born in Quincy, Illinois on Groundhog's Day February 2, 1934.
He graduated from Quincy High School in 1953 and joined the Navy in June 1953 where he served 4 years. He made his home for many years in Memphis, TN, Ocean Springs, MS, Pontiac, Mo and spent his final years in Payson, IL.
He held a variety of jobs over his lifetime, mainly in Retail, but it was while working at Ocean Springs Lumber that he met his (second) wife, Leone "Audrey" Rezendes. They were married for 40 years and Audrey died in April with Don by her side.
Don enjoyed a number of hobbies over his lifetime and was quite a creative person. He was an avid reader, a builder, a fisherman and a talented writer of poems and short stories. He cared for many pets over the years and for awhile, raised parakeets for local pet stores while living in Ocean Springs, MS. He leaves behind his cat, Cleo and his beloved dog, Chloe.
Mr. Starnes is survived by his 3 children, Mark (Sonya) Starnes, Susan (Paul) Grassel and Michael (Regina) Starnes, 5 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, 3 step-daughters Kris Cook, Suzie (Danny) Manuel, Laurie (Richard) Galle, 7 step-grandchildren and several step-great grandchildren.
The Starnes family would like to acknowledge Don (and Audrey's) caregiver of almost 3 years, Merry Noel for all her loving care, a helpful and compassionate nephew Dan Starnes, his loving cousin Gary Meyer and his wife Sally, their wonderful neighbors Joe and Carla, and Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home for handling the arrangements. There will be no service.
"If to lands you journey far,
To visit, work or play,
It's to home you yearn for most,
Return to live and stay.
To things you've touched a thousand times,
And sounds you've heard before.
The place where you return again
And finally leave no more."
By, Donald W. Starnes