GENEVA — George A. Starkey, age 87, of Geneva, Ohio, passed away Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born July 25, 1926, in Geneva, the son of Floyd B. and Ellen (LeCrone) Starkey. He married Ruth Marie Bell at the United Methodist Church in Geneva on July 9, 1949.
On April 3, 1945, he joined the U.S. Army and served in occupied Japan until October 1946 as a cook’s helper and than as a procurement officer for the PX. After returning home, he worked for the True Temper Company and then the Industrial Rayon Corporation. At age 37, he decided to become an insurance agent for Monumental Life and was with them until retirement in 1989. This meant he had to go back to school and get his diploma, which he did and was so successful as an agent that he and his wife were able to attend conferences in Marco Island, the Bahamas and Hawaii.
He was a member of the American Legion, George Call Post #124 for over 50 years. He served as president of the Geneva Lion’s Club from 1969 to 1970 and as president of the Madison Lion’s Club from 1981 to 1982.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ruth Starkey; a son, Dalton G. (Cheryl) Starkey of Madison; his daughters, Debra J. (Peter) Latimer of Duluth, Ga., Diane M. Starkey of Painesville and Donalyn Starkey of Madison; his brothers, Floyd (Eleanor) Starkey Jr. of Murrells Inlet, S.C., William (Iila) Starkey of Painesville and Bruce (Eleanor) Starkey of LaPorte, Texas; his sisters, Mary Starkey and Lois (Harry) Stanton, both of Geneva and Ruth Ann (Denny) Hiner of Athens, Ohio; sister and brother-in-law, Jeanne and Jerry McDonald of Geneva; brother and sister-in-law, Milo and Marlene Bell of Seneca, S.C.; brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Debbie Bell of Centreville, Va.; his grandchildren, Emily (Jeremy) Curtaindale, Tess Latimer, Katie Hoffacker and Sam (Erin) Latimer; great-grandchildren, Corbin, Talia, Lexie, Kaileb, Jocelyn and Miana Rose; and many nieces and nephews.