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Gene Starman

January 1, 1926 ~ February 10, 2014 (age 88)

   Mr. Everett Eugene "Gene" Starman, 88, of the Illinois Veterans Home, formerly of 1429 Adams, Quincy, died at 2:00 p.m. Monday (February 10, 2014) at the Illinois Veterans Home.                                                    

   Born January 1, 1926 in Keokuk, Iowa, Gene was the son of Everett John and Leona Phillips Starman. He married M. Carlene Shriver on June 29, 1949.  She preceded him in death on April 18, 2012.

   Gene was a member of Hope Lutheran Church and a former member of Luther Memorial Church where he had served on the Church Council and was active with the Men's Brotherhood.  He was also a member of Herman Masonic Lodge No. 39, Carpenter's Union Local 189 and a volunteer at Good Samaritan Home and for Meals on Wheels for many years.  Gene handcrafted and donated toys he made for local children.

   Mr. Starman served his country in the U. S. Navy during WW II.

   Gene was employed as a carpenter at Huck Fixtures for 31 years, retiring on August 1, 1992.

   Survivors include four daughters, Carla S. Harper of Fort Worth, TX, Janeen B. "Jan" Rilea of Rawlins, WY, Lynn G. Starman (Abdirahman Mohamed) of Kenya, Africa, and Leann R. Thurston (Brian) of Williamstown, NJ; a son, Randall E. "Randy" Starman of Menlow Park, CA; seven grandchildren, Logan A. Harper, Justin Garner (Jennifer), Austin Garner (Sarah), Ryan Starman, Zakariya Dirie, Aden Dirie and Hailey Thurston; three great grandchildren, Rogan Garner, Isabella Garner, and Esemae Garner; a sister, Arlete Smallwood of Kansas City, MO; a sister-in-law, Zola Shriver Cadwallader of Claremont, CA; and many loving nieces and nephews.

   Mr. Starman was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Carlene.

   In following with the wishes of Mr. Starman, cremation rites have been accorded.  Services will be private.

   Memorials may be made to the Illinois Veterans Home Activity Fund in care of Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home, 1435 State Street, Quincy, IL 62301
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