Earl Starr


April 11, 1928 - August 3, 2019


Earl Starr, 91, of Mitchell, SD, died Saturday, August 3, 2019, at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell, SD.

Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Friday, August 9, 2019, at Mitchell Wesleyan Church. Burial will be at Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Thursday at Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell, with a 6:30 PM Prayer Service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.

Earl LaVerne Starr was born on April 11, 1928 to Howard Stanley and Helen (Young) Starr in Mitchell, SD. He attended Mitchell Senior High School, graduating in 1946. He attended SDSU for a few years before moving back to Mt. Vernon to farm with his father for 10 years. Earl married Virginia Smith on July 9, 1950 in Mt. Vernon. He worked on a commercial farm for 10 years before starting a 33-year career selling insurance for the Farm Bureau.

Earl was an usher at the Wesleyan Church for over 20 years and a 4-H Leader for more than 30 years. He served on the Board for the Salvation Army and Mitchell Food Pantry. He was a member of the Wesleyan Church and the Mitchell Lion’s Club.

He was always known for his firm handshake.

Earl is survived by his three sons, Stan (Jean) Starr, Mitchell, Tom (Jean) Starr, Mitchell, and Rodney (Rhonda) Starr, Bartlesville, OK; a daughter, Annette Starr, Morris, MN; 7 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lois (Larry) Denison, Richmond, VA.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia on March 25, 1995; two brothers, Ronald and Gerald Starr; brother-in-law, Glenn Smith; and a great-grandson, Thomas Brede.



Thursday, August 8, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301


Friday, August 9, 2019
10:30 AM
Mitchell Wesleyan Church
601 N Sanborn Blvd
Mitchell, SD 57301


Mt Vernon Cemetery
Mt. Vernon, South Dakota

Posted by Joy Osborn on August 9, 2019
Sorry for your loss. Will be praying for comfort in your time of grieving. Earl will be missed.
Posted by Boyd A Reimnitz on August 9, 2019
Friend/prayer partner you will be missed...
Posted by Captain Bill Middendorp on August 8, 2019
The Salvation Army of Mitchell thanks you for your service on our Advisory Board over the years. You all have our deepest sympathy in this time of grieving.
Posted by Nikki and Dan Rodas, Peyton & Danica Hora on August 8, 2019
Our deepest condolences for your family. Know that our prayers and thoughts are with all of you.
Posted by Brian, Elaine and Wyatt Winter on August 8, 2019
Tom and families....our deepest sympathies for you and your family.
Posted by Steve Kracht on August 7, 2019
To Stan,Tom, and families sorry to read about the passing of your father.
Posted by Dave and Judy (Puetz) McCarthy on August 7, 2019
Please accept our sympathy on the passing of your dad. Our parents, Harold and Rose Puetz, were friends of Earl and Virginia many years ago. One time Annette stayed with us and went to a picnic in Worthington, MN with us. She was not very old and had no fear to be with us! May you all be blessed with great memories of your family life. I'm sorry that I won't be able to make it to the funeral. Would love to see all of you again.
Posted by Ron and Sandra Ruml on August 6, 2019
So sorry to see this. I always enjoyed visiting with him. He and I were on the same plane many years ago, I dont remember where I had been but we visited all the way home. Our sympathy to your family.
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on August 5, 2019
So sorry for your loss of your Dad . He will be missed by all that was blessed to know him !!!
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