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Everett "Bud" Starling Obituary
Everett "Bud" Starling Everett "Bud" Starling, 70, Overland Park, Kansas, died last month after a long illness. A longtime Kansas resident, Bud was born to Dorothy Jean (Leyba) Starling and Everett Jennings Starling on July 7, 1948 in Denver, Colorado, one of six children and the eldest of five boys. After relocating to Kansas City, Mo., the family settled in Shawnee, Ks., where Bud attended St. Joseph's Catholic School and Shawnee Mission West. Mr. Starling volunteered for service in the United States Navy in Vietnam, serving two combat tours as a corpsman, a great source of pride. As a commander of Overland Park's VFW Post 846, Bud was renowned for helping other veterans and their families, often total strangers, in times of need. Like many Vietnam Vets he fought for and received recognition of the effects of defoliant exposure (Agent Orange). Known for his gruff outward attitude, Bud often hid a tender side expressed in his love of animals, collecting toys, hosting holiday parties for family and friends, and researching family and military history. He retired as a conductor from Union Pacific Railroad in 1998 after a 27-year career that ended after he narrowly survived a tragic train collision. After a long recuperation he ran a successful car transport business until illness required his full attention. Mr. Starling, who was engaged to Ms. Lee Hill of Tonganoxie at the time of his death, is also survived by two daughters, Dorothy Starling, of Pineville, Ky., and Arilyn Starling of Golden, Colo., and a son, Everett L. Starling Jr., of Jersey City, N.J., in addition to several grandchildren. Bud requested cremation and will be laid to rest with his parents in DeSoto, Kansas in a ceremony including full military honors April 6. Donations can be made to Unleashed Pet Rescue of Mission, Kan.
Published in Kansas City Star on Jan. 13, 2019
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