Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Arthur V. Starnes, 94, of Chillicothe died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria.

Born Oct. 5, 1917, in Peoria to Arthur V. and Margareta (Wasson) Starnes Sr., he married Gladys Berchtold Sept. 9, 1946. She died Aug. 21, 1989.

Also preceding him in death were one sister and an infant son.

Surviving are four sons, Daniel A. Starnes of Mossville, Donald (Pam) Starnes of Chillicothe, Michael Starnes of Hopewell and Randy (Pam) Starnes of Sparland; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; one sister, Jane Loser of North Hampton, Ill.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in World War II.

He was retired from the USDA, where he worked for 40 years.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe. Visitation will begin at noon until the time of the service. Burial will be in Streitmatter Cemetery in rural Princeville, with military rites conducted.

Memorials may be made to Rescue 33.

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