Fred C. Starry 97

A Funeral Liturgy Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Long Prairie for Fred C. Starry, age 97, of Long Prairie, who passed away on Tuesday, October 9th at Valley View Estates in Long Prairie. Father Rich Walz will officiate and burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Long Prairie. Friends and family may call from 5 to 8 PM Friday and from 10 to 11 AM on Saturday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Stein Chapel in Long Prairie. Parish Prayer Service at 7:30 PM Friday.

Fred Clarence Starry was born on December 30, 1914 on the family farm near Ogilvie, MN, to the late Frank and Ida (Mueller) Starry. The family moved a number of times, and Fred eventually came to the Long Prairie area where he drove gravel trucks for the WPA. Fred was united in marriage to Una “Nip” Thiegs on April 18, 1938 at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Long Prairie, and they celebrated their 75th anniversary this year. He then attended electricians school in Chicago where he received his journeyman’s license. Fred worked as an electrician in Minneapolis for a while, but in the mid 1940’s he started up Starry Electric in Long Prairie which he operated until selling the business to his son in 1986. Fred continued to work as an electrician, employed most recently as the master electrician at the Little Falls Ethanol Plant until it temporarily closed this year. Due to failing health, Fred entered Valley View Estates Assisted Living this year, although he still stayed active there.

Fred enjoyed hunting and fishing. He liked to entertain friends, playing cards and dice games. Fred had a camper in which he took many trips, and he played guitar and harmonica for a number of bands, including the “4 Aces”. He and “Nip” loved to dance and attended whenever and wherever one was held. Fred also enjoyed trips to the casino on the American Heritage bus.

Fred was a member of St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church and the N.R.A.

Fred will be dearly missed by his wife, Una “Nip” Starry; children, Pearl Ruud of Alexandria, MN, Lou Ann (Dale) Schultz of Albany, MN, and Dennis (Lynnae) Starry of Long Prairie; brother, Bill Starry and his lady friend, Jeanette ( ) of Long Prairie; 8 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Timothy Ruud; 14 brothers and sisters.

Casketbearers will be Chad Althaus, Jeff Schultz, Brian Marquart, Scott Ruud, Mike Ruud, and Dale Rafteseth.