Paul "Hoss" Starr

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Coach Paul "Hoss" Starr

NEWARK: A funeral service for Paul "Hoss" Starr, 79, of Newark, will be held Thursday at 12:00 p.m. at The First Baptist Church of Heath, 525 S. 30th St, Heath, Ohio with Pastor Tim Carr officiating. Burial will be held in Wilson Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the Licking County Veterans Alliance. Family and friends may visit Wednesday from 3-7p.m. at Brucker & Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N. 21st Street, Newark. Ohio and one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church beginning at 11:00 a.m. Coach Starr passed away May 22, 2011 at the Selma Markowitz Hospice Unit at Licking Memorial Hospital. He was born November 15, 1931 in Parkersburg, W.V. to the late Paul Thomas and Nina Louise (Lyons) Starr.

He was a graduate of Parkersburg High School and played Big Red Football from 1948-1950. He was a two time State Champion in wrestling his junior & senior years. He then attended Greenbrier Military School where he spent half a year, then on to West Virginia University to wrestle and play football. He played in the 1954 Sugar Bowl game with Sam Huff and graduating that same year. In 1956 he served in the United States Airborne until he then returned to Parkersburg. He started teaching and coaching at Hamilton Junior High School. In 1957 he transferred to Parkersburg High School as an assistant football, wrestling and track coach. He was Circleville High School Head football coach for five years (43 wins -7 losses) in 1963. SCOL champions 4 years and ranked 5th in state the 5th year. He became Newark High School Football Head coach in 1968 -1976(57 wins-31 losses-2 ties). In1975 he led a 10-0 team to the playoffs. Newark High Schools first 10-0 football team (with 10 game season), That got him the Central Ohio High School Coach of the Year. COL coach of the Year from 1975-1976. In 1976 he was awarded the Denison University Big Red Touchdown U, "Outstanding Football Coaches Award". He holds Newark High Schools football coach most wins in history. He retired from coaching (1st time) in 1976. He continued teaching middle school. In 1990 he returned to Newark High School as teacher and head football coach. From 1990-1996 he had 39 wins and 31 losses. He was Region 11 AAA Coach of the Year in 1992. He then retired in 1997. In 1998 he was inducted into the Circleville Athletic Hall of Fame. He was then inducted into the Newark High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. Coach Starr's overall high school record was 139 wins with 67 losses and 2 ties. In 2010 Coach Starr received the "Distinguished West Virginian Award" from Governor Manchin.

He is survived by his loving wife, Carlyn "Punch" (Schauwecker) Starr, whom he married on June 12, 1954; four children, Kelly Starr-Canale of Newark, Tom Starr of Frazeysburg, Jodi (Lew) Puckett of Newark and Betsy (Jim) Lyons of Maple Grove, MN; four grandchildren, Nick Canale of Columbus, Ross Matheny of Newark, Cameron and Parker Lyons of MN; an uncle, Albert Starr of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his uncle, Russ Lyons.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of Central Ohio, PO Box 430 Newark, Ohio 43058, Newark Football Program, Circleville Football Program, Parkersburg High School Football and Wrestling Programs, (ADDRESS').

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Funeral Home
Brucker & Kishler Funeral Home
985 North 21st Street
Newark, OH 43055
Published in the Advocate on May 24, 2011
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