Jerald “Jerry” Ray Starkey, age 80, of Ellsworth, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Jerry was born on March 22, 1930, in Royal Oaks, Mich., the son of Harold and Minnie (Johnson) Starkey. He was a graduate of Barron High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1955 until 1957. He married Ramona Kasel; they later divorced. He later married LaDawn (Schutz) Traynor.
Jerry loved his family, woodworking, golf, hiking, traveling, farming, and his canine friend Daunté.
Jerry retired after 35 years of service to the 3M Company.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife, LaDawn of Ellsworth; six children, LouAnn (Dan) Horgan, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., Mary Jo (Jay) Larson, Cottage Grove, Minn., Mike (Monica) Starkey, River Falls, Wis., Jim (Lynn) Starkey, Menomonie, Wis., Barbara Jean (Mark) Elliott, West St. Paul, Minn., Donna Lynn (Mark) Starkey Smeltzet, Mahtomedi, Minn.; three step-children, Donna (Tom) Danielson, Hager City, Wis., Dean Traynor, Milwaukee, Wis., Dale (Reneé) Traynor, Menomonie; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one sister, Joanne C. Perry, Forest Lake, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his parents and parents-in-law, Ernest and LaRayna Schutz.
Services for Jerry will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at English Lutheran Church, Ellsworth. Rev. Valerie Peterson will officiate. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.
Go to www.hillfuneralservice.com to extend an online condolence to the family. Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ellsworth is assisting the family with arrangements.
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