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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

My dear Brother

He was taken away to be with our  Father in heaven on Sunday the 12th.  You are resting now - Til we meet again.

such a cute little boy
  here with his grandma

I love this picture
L to R-- Brother Doug,  sister Donna , niece Robin, Me, sister Lynn and our beautiful Mom

Douglas in Europe - 511 M I
Doug bottom row Left
Brother Karl top row middle

My Memorian in Richmond Times Dispatch
September 14, 2010

I will miss you so much brother.

You had such an eloquent manner of discussing topics new to me. Always a gentleman. I learned much from you and will forever be grateful for that.

You were there for my children when they were young and would give guidance.

I remember the evening you left on the bus for your call to service for our country and I just cried and cried in the car. I was so proud of my brother.

You are resting in peace now with the Lord. I am sad, but at the same time

knowing that you are out of pain and suffering in this life at home with our Father in heaven consoles me.

Love, Betsy

STARKE, Douglas Eugene, 67, of Richmond, passed away Sunday, September 12, 2010. He was preceded in death by his father, Howard E. Starke, and is survived by his mother, Thoris Sheldon Starke; one brother, Karl Starke (Wanda); his sisters, Rachel Starke, Betsy Hastey (Steve), Lynn Gibson and Donna Gwaltney (Keith); and numerous nieces and nephews. Douglas served as a linguist in the 511th Military Intelligence Group in Wuerzburg, Germany, from 1965 to 1968. He was a Golden Gloves Flyweight Champion in 1959, Eastern Golden Gloves Champion-Bantamweight in 1959, and Southside Virginia Champion Golden Gloves in 1961. He was an avid reader and also loved playing country rock in local bands during the '70s in the Richmond Area. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bliley's-Staples Mill, 8510 Staples Mill Road, where funeral services will be held 12 noon Thursday. Interment Dale Memorial Park.

Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch from September 14 to September 15, 2010 Email


Rebecca Nelson said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you sweet friend as you remember your beautiful brother in love. Thinking of you this very moment and lifting you up to the Most High.

Blessings to you. I'm sorry for your loss.

Love, Rebecca

Corrie said...

I am sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...


My only (big) brother was killed when I was a child. I miss him to this day. I am sorry for your loss and will keep you and your family in my prayers.