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.