Edward Alan Starkey

August 08, 1931 ‒ June 11, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

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

  • Barbara and Family — What a blessing we were given to get to know and help care for Ed when we could really know the great man that he was. We offer our heartfelt sympathy to you at this time of loss. May God wrap his loving arms of comfort around you and give you peace. – -Marilyn Johnson – Primrose Retirement Community.

  • We are thankful that we enjoyed Dad here on earth, and that He is enjoying being in the presence of His Heavenly Father now. He’s left us a legacy in his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren who often reflect the qualities we saw in him. He taught us much, but mostly about love. One of my favorite memories is when he laid hands on and pronounced a blessing over each of his grandchildren… the fruit of which we now see in their lives. Thank you, Dad.

  • To the entire Starkey Family,
    While I am saddened to hear of Dad’s passing, I rejoice in knowing he is now in the presence of his Lord and Saviour. I have fond memories of Mr. Starkey and considered him a second father to me while I was growing up across the street from him and Mrs. Starkey. Always full of wisdom and knowledge and willing to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he will always hold a very special place in my heart. May his legacy live on forever in his boys, their spouses, and his grandchildren. The world is a better place because of Ed Starkey.

  • Ken and Lisa, we are keeping your Mom and you both and the entire family in our prayers. Praying the Lord will surround all of you with His everlasting arms of love and peace and strengthen all of you.~Cathy and Keith Updegraff

  • To Barbara & Family,

    Please accept our deepest & most sincere condolences on your loss.
    May Edward rest in peace.

    Irene & Jerry Friedman & Family,
    Devonwood Road neighbors

  • Jim and I have many fond memories from years ago of Ed, Barb and their family as we were serving in the same church. We haven’t had recent contact but the memories are still the same.

    We send our sympathy for your loss but also know you are rejoicing in Ed’s arrival home.

    Bless you all, Jim and Barb Rosser

  • How well we remember joyful times meeting in your home when we lived in Mansfield.
    Ed will be missed by Barb, family, and friends, but as believers, we know that we will meet again in heaven. We really wouldn’t want to bring him back to this world, when he is now experiencing the glorious hope that Jesus offered in his death on the cross.

    With beautiful memories,
    Nancy and Clark

  • Heartfelt sympathy and love to Barb and family. What a legacy Ed left. You managed to capture his many talents and interests on the Tribute Video. I fondly recall my times with Ed at Starkey Machinery when we would engage in punning contests. He usually won. No surprise there…Ed was a winner on all counts.