GREAT BEND — Bill Starbuck, 83, died April 7, 2012 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born Dec. 13, 1928 at Albany, Ind., the son of Ora H. and Pauline (Holloway) Starbuck.
He married Lois Jean Wolf Oct. 28, 1951 at Trinity Methodist Church, Russell.
Mr. Starbuck was a Great Bend resident for 35 years, coming from Raymond, Kansas. He was postmaster at the Raymond Post Office for 31 years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Great Bend. He was a decorated Army Reserve Veteran of the Korean War, having previously served with the Army in the Pacific and the occupation of Japan during World War II. He was a past Commander in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a more than 60-year member of the American Legion, and a long-time Adjutant of Disabled American Veterans, Chapter No. 27, Great Bend.
In his youth, he was the first Eagle Scout of his troop and in later years served as Scoutmaster. He was a Past Master in the Masonic Lodge (Blue Lodge), Past Patron in the Eastern Star, was a member of the Shrine and had served on the local Shrine board.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Starbuck, of the home; three daughters, Cindy Popp and husband Don, Salem, Ill.; Julie Urban and husband Marvin, Great Bend; Terri Stapleton and husband Bob, Great Bend; a sister, Eldora “Cherry” Reed, Chillicothe, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Shane Popp, Jeremy Popp, Stephanie Lindsay, Cory Urban, Heath Urban, Dylan Ellis, Dustin Ellis and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul E. Starbuck; and a sister, Sarah Learned.
Funeral Service is scheduled at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 11 at First United Methodist Church in Great Bend with Rev. Tom Sheldon officiating. Interment will be at Great Bend Cemetery, with military rites by the Fort Riley Honor Guard.
Visitation is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the family to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Bryant Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church or Golden Belt Home Health and Hospice, in care of Bryant Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home *
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS, 67530
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, April 8, 2012