JACK LANE STARKEL

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JACK LANE STARKEL Hillcrest Memorial Center Jack Lane Starkel, of Kennewick, WA, died on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at his place of residence, Rosetta Assisted Living Olympia. He was 80. He was born on August 16, 1936 in Ashford, Washington, which is near Mount Rainer, a place he loved and never left in his heart. He was the sixth child in a family of seven children born to Ted Starkel and Margaret McCullough Starkel. He attended Eatonville High School, graduating in 1955. Returning to school later, he earned a diploma from ITT Business School. Lane, as most people knew him, was a very accomplished person, after high school he went on to work in the logging industry, along with his brother, Bobby, before joining the United States Air Force in 1956 where he was a Jet Mechanic for the B52 bombers, the most impressive planes of the time. This gave Lane his love for fixing things and his thirst to learn new trades. Lane was known for being able to fix things most people could not and also started his large collection of tools. After the Air Force, Lane went on to work as an Electrician, then for Rohr Aircraft, and Barron Industries as a welder. Lane then went on to become the General Manager and Chairman of the Board for Jose's Taco Time franchises. The business grew from one store to seven in his time there. This lead to his move to Kennewick in 1982 where he opened his own restaurant and created his own brand, Taco Lane. Later he sold his business and after retiring he started a handyman business working for local area businesses. In 1960 he married Jerry Rabb, and together they had 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. They divorced in 1983 and Lane was re-married in 2002 to Celia Verdugo Acosta, she has 2 children and 1 grandchild. Lane loved life and spent much of his time traveling, golfing, fishing, visiting with friends, family, and meeting new people along the way. Lane never met a stranger and always took time to talk to someone. He was always willing to help. He was a member of many charitable groups and clubs. He is survived by his wife, Celia Starkel, her daughter, Karen Herrerra, her son, Cesar Herrerra, and her granddaughter Genesis; his three children: Jack (Andrea) Starkel, Sheila (Joe) Scanlan, Ronda Starkel; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, William "Billy" (Alta) Starkel and his sister, Sue Nelson-Bottcher and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was loved by many and will be missed by all. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, December 30, 2016, at 11:00 AM at Hillcrest Memorial Center, 9353 W. Clearwater Avenue, Kennewick, WA. For online condolences, please visit www.AskHillcrest.com.
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Published in Tri-City Herald on Dec. 30, 2016
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