Donald James Star


April 30, 1934 - November 30, 2016



Donald James Star was born April 30, 1934, in Douglas County, SD, to Iddo and Jeanette (Yonker) Star. He grew up and attended schools in Douglas County.   On August 13, 1954, he married Henrietta Dyk in Platte, SD. He was employed at the John Deere dealership in Corsica for over fifty years until his retirement in 1999.  For thirty years he was a member of the Corsica Volunteer Fire Department and served ten years as Fire Chief.  He was President of the Southeast South Dakota Smoke Eaters Fire District and President of the Corsica Fire District.  For fifteen years he was the Mayor of Corsica.  For fifty years he was a member of the Christian Reformed Church in Corsica and served three terms as a church deacon. He and his wife, Henrietta, owned and operated the Parkway Motel in Corsica.  After retiring Don and Henrietta moved to Mitchell where he did woodworking and saw sharpening.  He was a member of the First Reformed Church in Mitchell.

He is survived by his wife, Henrietta; four children: Harlan Star and wife, Joyce, and Dale Star and wife, Lisa, of Mitchell, SD, Nancy Gage and husband, Steve, of Sioux Falls, SD, Ione Bendt and husband, David, of Palmer Lake, CO; seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren; three sisters: Dorothy Zoerman of Holland, MI, Margaret Dyk and husband, Dick, of Platte, SD and Alyce Jean Bareman of Holland, MI.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Alvin.  



Friday, December 2, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, December 3, 2016
11:00 AM
First Reformed Church
516 West 14th
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Corsica, South Dakota

Posted by Doug and Sina Glover on December 12, 2016
Harlan & Joyce and family. Thoughts and prayers are with you at your time of sorrow.
Posted by Doris Sprecher on December 4, 2016
Henrietta, Condolences to you on Don's death. He was a good gentle man. The three you babysat are all married. Jon has three girls and Steph a girl and a boy. We are so blessed right now everyone is healthy and doing fine. God Bless you with His peace, Doris
Posted by Linda Wosje on December 3, 2016
My sincere sympathy to you Henrietta, and to your children and family. We will certainly keep you all in our prayers in the coming weeks. We didn't get to know you and Don real well, but well enough to know Don was a kind and caring Christian man. Trust in the Lord with all your strength and lean not unto you own understanding, in all thy ways acknowledge Him and he will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5,6
Posted by Glenn Sealey on December 1, 2016
Harlan and Joyce & family,
So sorry to read the passing of your Dad. Since my Mom was from Corsica too I always felt a connection to you and your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May your many memories give you strength and peace in the coming days and weeks.
Glenn Sealey
Colome, SD
Posted by Bryan and Jenna Doorn on December 1, 2016
So sorry for your loss. Sympathy to all of your.
Posted by Jim & Darlene Biggerstaff on December 1, 2016
These are difficult days for you as you deal with the loss of a patriarch of the family. It's in times like this that one needs to lean upon their faith and the strength and support that the Lord is there to provide. Jim
Posted by Renee Antoinetti on December 1, 2016
Ione, So very sorry for your loss. May our Lord comfort you and your family at this difficult time.
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