Bernard L. Starkey

October 12, 1944 ‒ July 19, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Bernard L. Starkey, age 75 of Mt. Vernon, OH, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2020, in Columbus, OH. He was born October, 12, 1944 in Columbus to the late William and Vernenia (Faulkner) Starkey.

Left to cherish Bernie’s memory are his wife of 49 years, Kay Starkey; sons: Chris Starkey, Darin (Tricia) Starkey, and Mark (Teressa) Starkey; grandchildren: Lindsey, Luke, Emalee, Natalie, Lauren, Delana, and Tabitha; great-grandchildren: Gavin, Reagan, Avery, and Marvel; sister, JoAnn (John) Hunter; and several other relatives and friends.

Bernie retired from Columbus Automatic Sprayer in 2004, after 42 years of dedicated service. He had proudly served in the U.S. Army Reserves. Bernie was a member of the Good Guys Car Club, and the Mid Ohio Bunch car club. He was a generous benefactor to several childrens’ charities, including the Shriners, and St. Jude Childrens Hospital. Bernie enjoyed fishing, hunting, and was an avid old car enthusiast and restorer. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, Bernie was preceded in death by his son, Gary Wallace; and grandson, Gary Wallace III, and his special dog, Bella.

The family will receive friends Thursday, July 23, 2020 from 6::00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. SR 61, Sunbury, OH. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 24, 2020 at the funeral home.

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  • My deepest condolences to y’all. My your memories of your time with Bernie live on in your hearts ever. ❤️

  • Kay and family, so sorry for your loss. Your old Adams Rd. neighbors.
    Dan and Brenda Keller

  • Kay, Chris, Darin and all…our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Bernie. He was a very special man and you could tell his family meant everything to him. Our hearts ache for you. May God bless you and hopefully all the wonderful memories will soon take the place of the hurt in your heart today.

    Love to all…

    Toni & Walt Palmer

  • Darrell & Patty. July 21 2020 5:30

    Kay. And boys and wives and all the kids

    No one will ever know how much he means to us and family
    Love to all Darrell Patty Darla Jeff Darrell Darice Ted

  • Kay and Family
    I’m so very devastated of the loss of Bernie. He was so caring and a blessing to our family for all the times he was there for my Dad. I will never forget having coffee and chit chatting at your home. Heaven gained another Beautiful Angel. My deepest sympathy to you all.

    Angelina Murphy

  • Kay and family,

    I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. Bernie was always so sweet and I remember him usually having one of the boys on his shoulders at Granny’s house. Love and prayers for all of you! 💞


  • Kay you and the family are in my prayers. Bernie was a very special person and I know he will be deeply missed.

    Linda Hunter Riegel

  • I’m so sorry for the loss of Bernie.
    He was a great neighbor, friend and my fishing buddy I enjoyed my time with Bernie all our fishing trips being out on the water and all the chats we had.
    He will be greatly missed and it was such a honor to have known him.
    Rest in peace my dear friend.

  • Kay, sorry to hear the loss of Bernie! He will be greatly missed I’m sure, he had that “special” quality about him!
    Thinking about you, many prayers and love!

  • Kay and Family,
    We are saddened at your loss. What a nice fellow. All your memories will be a tresure and give you comfort. We are all better for having known him. We send our sympathy. Linda and Ed

  • Kay and Family,

    So sorry to hear the loss of Bernie. He was always so sweet to me when I was little and his big smile always made me feel welcome.

    Pattie Jevrem

  • Kaye and family. Bernie was my work buddy for twelve years. He has made me laugh so hard. What a wonderful family man he was. We will miss him so much. We love you guys.

  • SO SO SORRY. Just heard tonight of Bernie’s passing tonight. Will surely be missed. Bob Harrod