Edward Alan Starkey
August 08, 1931 ‒ June 11, 2018
MANSFIELD: Ed Starkey noticed how much of Christ’s life was spent doing kind things. As a believer in Christ, his behavior was not so much a set of principled disciplines, as it was a natural outpouring of his gentle, generous and helpful spirit. Ed loved the Lord – and his actions demonstrated that.
Ed passed into the Lord’s presence Monday evening June 11, 2018. He was 86.
Born Edward Alan Starkey August 8, 1931 in Akron to parents Daryle and Ruth (Hardesty) Starkey, the family moved to Willard in 1947. He was graduated from Willard High School in 1949 and attended Case Western University and Oberlin College.
Ed served two years with the U.S. Army in Salzburg, Austria during the Korean War, honorably discharged in May of 1954.
In September of that year he married Barbara Lynn Lachinian, whom he met at Oberlin, and they moved to Mansfield. For a short time, Ed worked in Plymouth until he, his father and father-in-law purchased the E. M. Freese Company in Galion in 1957 and renamed it Starkey Machinery, manufacturing extrusion machinery and related products. He served as the company Vice-President and later President of the corporation until his retirement in 1996. He was a 50-plus-year member of both the American Ceramic Society and the Canadian Ceramic Society.
An active servant of the Lord, Ed served on the elder boards of several local churches. He was an elder at First Presbyterian Church, a deacon at Grace Brethren Church, and after joining First Alliance Church in 1991, he served there as an elder for eight years, and also on the trustee board. He was currently a member of New Liberty Baptist Church.
Remembered for his kindness and helpfulness to others, he was frequently sought for help and advice when embarking on household projects. Ed was eager to offer a helping hand and loan a tool whenever possible.
He was a member of Mansfield University Club, and the United States Power Squadron (an international boating organization) for many years, serving as Commander of the Mansfield Power Squadron, He taught boating classes including: Piloting, Advanced Piloting, Marine Electronics, Weather, and Cruise Planning.
Ed was a constant reader, an avid boater and fisherman, a shell collector and an enthusiastic photographer. But his greatest joy was in working in his wood and metal shop – maintaining his vast collection of wood and metal working tools – both new and antique.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years Barbara; sons James (Michele) Starkey of Lexington, Kenneth (Lisa) Starkey of Mansfield and Donald (Julie) Starkey of Mansfield; grandchildren Benjamin (Madison) Starkey of Mansfield, Matthew (Elizabeth) Starkey of Asia, Jim (April) Starkey of Mansfield, Christopher (Jamie) Starkey of Lexington, Samuel (Auri) Starkey of Jacksonville, Fl and Amanda (John) Doyle of Mansfield, Paul Oswalt and Brandon Oswalt both of Mansfield; great grandchildren Israel, Elijah and Gideon Starkey, Isaac, Michaiah and Ezekiel Starkey, Addison and Aubrey King, Alanna, Austyn and Ashlynn Doyle, Harper Starkey, and Chayse Henry; and a sister Genevieve Seibert of Akron.
In addition to his parents, a sister Margaret Bitting is deceased.
The Starkey family will receive friends Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 10 am to 11 am in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, immediately followed with a Celebration of Ed’s Life led by Pastor Larry Hulver.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to support Ed’s grandsons as they serve overseas: To Support Matt Starkey in East Asia: Florida Counseling Foundation. To support Jim Starkey going to Haiti: Reciprocal Ministries International. These contributions may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Starkey Family. Share with them a message of hope – or see Ed’s tribute video – online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com