Leroy G. Starr
Leroy G. Starr
  • February 19, 1933 - June 6, 2017
  • Pleasant Valley, Missouri

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FEBRUARY 19, 1933 – JUNE 6, 2017

Leroy (Roy) Starr Sr. passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side at the age of 84.

Leroy was born February 1933 in Greenfield, Iowa to George W. Starr and Catherine (Karhoff) Starr. The family moved to a farm by Sheldon, Mo. when Leroy was at a young age. Leroy graduated from Sheldon High School in 1952. In 1956, Leroy married Dixie Brooks. Together they had one son, Matt, who was born while Leroy was in Korea. He served in the US Army for 2 years and served in the reserves for 3 years.

May 1959, Leroy married Mildred (Millie) Littlejohn in Miami, Oklahoma. On the way back from Oklahoma, Leroy told Millie someday he could tell Matt he got him another Mommie for his 2nd birthday!

After living in Kansas City and Belton for a few years, the Starr’s moved to Pleasant Valley in 1966, where they enjoyed their life and all their friends. Due to Leroy’s health, in 1998 they moved into a handicap accessible apartment in Claycomo. In 2008, Leroy moved to Pleasant Valley Manor Care Center.

After discharge, Leroy was employed by Pitman Manufacturing where he learned the welding trade, which was taught by his older brother, Johnny.

In 1966 he went to work for Standard Steel. After getting trapped in a tanker while welding, he went to work for Paccar (Dart); in 1969 he was transferred to Kenworth. He then retired in 1983 as a fabrication supervisor because of his disability. Leroy had his own portable welding business (Starr Welding) in Pleasant Valley from 1970 until his retirement.

One year Kenworth had a large lay-off. Leroy started making decorative wrought iron, wall sconces, tables, chairs and any little do-dads that people wanted made. He even opened a small shop where Millie would sell them; it got the family through the lay-off.

Leroy joined the Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department in 1967 and retired as a Captain. He was also a member of the Liberty Mason Lodge.

Leroy loved hunting and fishing. Every year he and several others would go to Montana to go deer hunting, which were all from Pleasant Valley except a farmer from Birmingham. They would call themselves “Five gentlemen and a farmer”. One year they saw a deer on a far off mountain. The guys dared him to shoot it, he replied “I’ll shoot it if you go get it”. Needless to say, they had to go get the deer, that’s how he got the name “dead eye”.

After his boys were older, he would take them up north to his friends land to deer hunt. Leroy also let the boys friends tag along. The boys hunted deer by day, girls by night.

He and his fishing buddies spent many weekends at the lake, then in the Fall we would have a large fish fry.

He is preceded in death by his parents-George and Catherine Starr, Brothers-John Starr, Steve Starr, Larry Starr, Sisters- Mary Kay Lowry, Helen Ann Karr, Daughter-In-Law Ellen Starr and Granddaughter Danyel Starr.

Survivors include Leroy’s wife Millie (of 58 years) of Pleasant Valley, MO, Sister- Joan (Jack) Otterman of Kansas City, MO. Sons- Matt (Terry) Starr of Lee’s Summit, MO., Marty Starr of Plattsburg, MO, Lee Starr of Kansas City, MO. and Loren (Shelley) Starr of Kansas City, MO. Daughters-Malissa (Travis) Hall of Oak Grove, MO., Leslie (John) Henderson of Liberty, MO., Special nieces and nephew- Lori Starr of Excelsior Springs, MO, Steve (Mary Beth) Starr of Kearney, MO., Pam (Steve) Inman of Carthage, NC. along with 13 Grandchildren, 19 Great grandchildren, 5 great nephews and 1 great niece, and Brother-In-Law P.W. Lowry of CA.

To celebrate Leroy’s love of the Kansas City Royals, please feel free to wear Royals shirts, hats and gear to his services.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Prader-Willi Syndrome, PO Box 79, Corder, MO 64012. Crossroads Hospice Gladstone, MO.