Robert W StarlingAugust 8, 1938 ~ March 19, 2017 (age 78)
Heaven gained another hero as our father, Robert William Starling (Bob), passed away at home on March 19, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, “GGpa” and friend. He leaves behind a wonderful family history and many traditions to carry forward to the new generations.
Bob was born August 8, 1938 in Rutland, VT to the late Walt and Elizabeth Starling. Bob served his country in the U.S. Air Force for more than 21 years as a weatherman. Bob attended Troy State University and earned two Bachelor degrees in Business Administration and Computer Information Sciences. He also earned his Master’s in Counseling and Human Development. Bob was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus and a lifetime member of the DAV.
Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife and best friend Joyce. He is survived by his three loving children, Robert Jr. (wife Rose), Alan J. (AJ) (wife Donna), and daughter Ayne Moore (husband Jeff); and seven beloved grandchildren, Josh (wife Kattie), Cody (fiancé Xzandria), Tiffaney and Robert III (Bear) Starling, Amanda Spillman (husband Dave), Aaren Moore (fiancé Sophie), and Christopher Nieft. He was also blessed with three great grandchildren that loved to make their GGpa laugh, Bodhi Spillman, Boston Cromer, and Riley Starling. It was his goal in life to instill in his children and grandchildren a passion for life and making a positive difference in the lives of others. He and Joyce showed this passion with their service by providing a loving home to many foster children, running a state group home for girls, and devoting many hours to the Senior Citizen mission at Holy Name Catholic church where they served others for over 24 years. Bob is also survived by two brothers, Walt (wife Cheryl) and Bill (wife Donna), and two sisters, Lorayne Lattrell (husband Don), and Mary DeForge. He was also blessed with numerous nieces and nephews.
To celebrate a life well lived; we will receive friends at Heritage Gardens Funeral Home from 1:30pm – 2:30pm on Thursday, March 23, 2017. A service will immediately follow at 2:30pm. Interment with Military Honors will follow the service in Heritage Gardens Cemetery.
Memorial donations can be made to the Knights of Columbus– Fr. Howard J. Lesch – Council No. 7667 or Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital.