Orville D. STARNES

February 24, 1950 ~ July 16, 2011

Mr. Orville Dennis Starnes passed away Saturday morning, July 16, 2011, at his Dunlap, Illinois, residence at the age of 61 years, 4 months & 22 days. Orville was born in Bonne Terre, on Feb. 24, 1950, and was the son of Kermit M. Starnes, Sr., and Beulah Ina 'White' Starnes Mabuce.

Orville was a 1968 graduate of Farmington High School and received his Master's Degree from the University of Florida in 1976. He was united in marriage fo Katherine Barregarye on June 8, 1973, in Weingarten, MO. After a lengthy period in Convention Center Management, he changed his career to software consulting, working extensively with the US Navy. Orville enjoyed life and has many friends spanning his entire life. He went to rest with the full knowledge of Christ and resurrection through him.

Survivors include: his wife, Katherine "Katie" 'Barregarye' Starnes, of Dunlap, IL; Twin Daughters: Anne Starnes, of Dunlap, IL., & fiance' Corey Wanless, of Peoria Heights, Illinois; Jesslyn Starnes, of Dunlap, IL. 2 Sisters: Kay Feezor, of Farmington & Deborah S. Starnes, of Union, MO. 1 Brother: Kermit M. (& Karen) Starnes, Jr., of St. Louis. Also, many loving Aunts; Uncles; Nieces; Nephews & In-Laws.

Confirmed Visitation : Tuesday, 5-8 p.m., with visitation resuming Wednesday, 6:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Confirmed Funeral Service : Wednesday, 10 am, July 20, 2011, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, with Pastor James King officiating.

Interment : Lutheran Cemetery - Farmington.

Memorials : Illinois Cancer Care Foundation, 8940 Wood Sage Road, Peoria, IL 61615

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  1. Dearest Katie, Anne and Jess. Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about Orville's death. We won't be able to attend the services in Missouri, but please know that we are here to support you with our love and friendship.

  2. Katie,and Family, My heart is sad, but I know Orville is treasure hunting in a beautiful place. I'm so glad I got to see him last year and loved talking to him. My prayers are with you all. All my love, Delta

  3. Orville was a great friend and encourager, full of mischief and spontaneity. He was creative, generous, and always ready to help anyone in need. Orville was one-of-a-kind, leaving behind special memories that will be treasured forever. He will be greatly missed.

  4. Orville was always an inspiration to me, and someone I could NEVER stay mad at, even though he was always one to pull some sort of shennanigan when we were kids growing up on North Carleton! Very creative with a great imagination, and wonderful enthusaism. Great childhood memories as neighbor kids.

  5. I was so terribly sad to hear of Orville's passing. Orville was a great guy and our class reunions will not be the same without him. He was always so smart and funny. He was one of the "cool" guys in high school. My thoughts and prayers are with Orville's family.

  6. Kermit, My sincere sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your brother Orville. My thoughts are with you. Marian Thomas

  7. Orville and I have truly been best friends for life. Orville and Katie were always creative and even provided me a birthday present of beautiful twins. Seeing or hearing from Orville was as if time had not passed whether days, months or years apart. We felt of each other as family, and shared a unique bond for 48 years as we traveled around the country and delved into our many adventures. I truly miss him, but will remain close to Katie, Jesse and Anne as part of my family.

  8. Katie and girls: I am so sorry for the loss to you of Orville. He was a great friend and funny guy. Conversations were always interesting because his recollection of events and mine were always different and I accused him of embellishing in his story telling ways. He always assured me that his version was the right one…. I hope that you will be blessed with the best of memories and knowledge that he loves you and was so proud of each of you in every way, every single day.

  9. I was born in Knob Lick, MO, in 1950, and lived there until age 11. Our farm was next to Odel & Etta (White) McClarney (Beulah's Mother and Stepfather). Justin and Roger White, and some of the other grandchildren would come play at my house. Some people are never forgotten. So sorry for your loss. Jo Ann Wooldridge Osborne

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