M/SGT. CURTIS MERLE STARK - GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Master Sgt. Curtis Merle Stark, 50, US Army/VANG Ret., of Pendulum Ridge, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at his home with his loving wife, Laura, at his bedside. Born Nov. 26, 1963, in Carmichael, Calif., he was the dear son of Thomas C. and Julia (North) Stark. He attended Mt. St. Joseph Academy in Rutland, and graduated from Lyndon Institute in Lyndonville in 1981. On Jan. 20, 2006, he married Laura Delrossi in Vergennes. Following their marriage, they made their home in Vergennes, moving to Graniteville, S.C., after his military retirement in 2011. Being a career military man, he served with the US Army
in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iraq and had been awarded two Bronze Service Stars as well as several theatre and meritorious and achievement ribbons. He later transferred to the Vermont Army National Guard where he retired as a Master Sergeant after 23 years of dedicated service. He belonged to the American Legion in Vergennes, and was an avid softball player and outdoor enthusiast. Curtis will always be remembered as a loving and dedicated son, husband, father, grandfather, friend and comrade in arms who will be greatly missed by his family and all whose lives he touched during the precious 50 years he spent on earth. He shall live forever in the hearts and minds of his loved ones. Besides his wife, Laura, he leaves his mother, Julie, of Barre Town; stepsons, William Vaughan of Graniteville, S.C., and USAF Captain Jason Taylor and wife, Meg, of Belleview, Neb.; stepdaughter, Jessica Greco and husband, Chris, of Rutland; grandchildren, Joshua and Kaitlynn Taylor, and Olivia Greco; brother, Chris Stark of Graniteville, Vt.; sister, Janis Stark of Barre City; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Tom, in August 2007. Master Sgt. Stark's life will be honored and celebrated on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Hersey Road, Berlin. Entombment will be made in the Hooker and Whitcomb receiving vault, 7 Academy St., Barre, to await burial with full military honors at the Vermont Veterans
Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center in the spring. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the
, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495. The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is in charge of arrangements.