Larry Joe Starke, April 20, 1947 — June 20, 2012, of Columbia

Thursday, June 21, 2012 | 5:49 p.m. CDT

Larry Joe Starke, 65, of Columbia, MO went to be with the Lord on June 20, 2012, at South Hampton Place.

Larry was born April 20, 1947 in Columbia, MO to Joe and Emma Fern Byers Starke and they preceded him in death.

Survivors include a sister, Betty Wetmore, and husband, Rich, of Columbia; a brother, Bob Starke, of Thompson; nephews: Scott Wetmore, Greg Wetmore, Dalton Starke; a niece: Angie Starke and several cousins.

Larry was a 1966 graduate of Hickman High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970 in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star. Larry worked for the Columbia Fire Department for many years and also worked at the Municipal Building. He retired from the city in 2009. Larry also did part-time work for The Downtown District.

Everyone loved Larry and he loved them too. He was a sweet man and loved people.

Services will be at 2:00 pm, Saturday, June 23, 2012, at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery with Military Honors. Visitation will be from 1:00 until time of the service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Larry’s family making checks to Betty Wetmore, c/o Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, MO 65202.

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