MORTON - The Rev. James Allen Starr, 64, of Louisville, Ky., the fiance of a Morton woman, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, in Louisville.
He was born May 25, 1948, in Richmond, Ind., to Earl William and Hazel Geneva Isley Starr.
He is survived by one daughter, Kimberly Starr McCann, two grandchildren, Mason Daniel McCann and Madelyn Isabell McCann, and his former wife of 26 years, Angel So Starr, all residing in LaGrange, Ind.; his fiancee, Linda Ziegele of Morton, Ill.; two brothers, Earl Edward (Amy) Starr of Indianapolis, Ind., and William Joseph (Marilyn) Starr of Richmond, Ind.; two nieces; four nephews; and his adorable tri-color Welsh Pembroke Corgi, Bentley Watson Starr.
His father preceded him in death in 1970.
He was a 1966 graduate of Richmond Senior High School in Richmond, Ind., and a graduate of Career Academy of Broadcasting in Atlanta, Ga. He received a technical degree from Cleveland Institute of Electronics; an associate degree in business from LaSalle Extension University in Chicago; an associate degree in organizational leadership from Purdue University; a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, with minors in philosophy, interpersonal and public communication, and professional writing, from Purdue University in 1994; and a Master of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Ind., in 1996.
He served in the U.S. Army 2nd Division in South Korea from 1968 to 1970.
While in high school, he shared an eight-mile long (longest bike route on record) newspaper route with his two brothers for the Palladium Item in Richmond, Ind. He later worked a short time for Barnes and Renake in Richmond.
He worked 26 years (1970-1996) for GTE, where he started climbing telephone poles as a repairman and finished as a regional technical support manager.
He served as a bi-vocational pastor at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Noblesville, Ind. (1995-1996); at the IU Medical Center in Raley, Ind. (2000-2001); and was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 2005.
He served as full-time pastor for five years at Hyndsdale Christian Church in Martinsville, Ind., and 18 months at Olive Branch Christian Church in Indianapolis, Ind.
Following his retirement from pulpit ministry, he spent three years writing short stories, poetry, songs and books (some published and some copyrighted). His unfinished writings will be passed on to a young pastor in North Carolina for editing and publication.
In 1996, he received the certificate of Kentucky Colonel, awarded by the Governor of Kentucky for extensive community service.
Services were held at Jeffersontown Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Louisville, Ky., and at Central United Methodist Church in Richmond, Ind. Cremation Society of Kentucky was in charge of arrangements.