Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at the First Baptist Church for William Bill Starry who passed away, Tuesday at the Long Prairie Nursing Home. Rev. Andrew Brown will officiate, burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home Stein Chapel.
Bill was born February 27, 1922 in Ashley Township, Stearns County to Frank and Ida (Miller) Starry. He took over the family farm at age 16 and ran it with his brother Harvey until 1946 when he joined his brother Fred at Starry Electric. They ran Starry Electric together for 22 years. Bill was married to Gladys Hamilton on February 27, 1942 and they were divorced 40 years later. In 1968 he started Total Electric and later Watts Electric which he operated until his retirement in 1985. Bill was married to Dolores Rost on January 22, 1984 in Las Vegas, NV, they were married until her death in 2004. He was a former member of the Long Prairie Moose Lodge. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, golfing, wintering in Arizona, fixing just about anything, and music. He played the mandolin and harmonica in the band The Half Century Trio. Bills family will remember his generosity as he was always willing to help others in any way possible be it with time, talent or treasure.
Survivors include his sons, Daniel (Hazel) of Sauk Rapids, Kevin (Margaret) of Sartell; daughter-in-law, Diane Starry of Parkers Prairie; 8 grandchildren, Leslie Ritter, Janelle Lasota, Jill Hughes, Tara Starry, Wayne, Jeffrey, Shannon, and Scott Starry; 16 great grandchildren; best friend and caregiver, Jeanette Goff of Long Prairie; the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of his late wife Dolores Rost and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dolores; son, Jerry; and 15 brothers and sisters.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at: www.williamsdingmann.com
In Lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the First Baptist Church.