Philip C. Starkey

Philip C. Starkey, 62, of Bluffton, IN, and having ties to Markle, IN, died Sunday, March 12, 2017.

Mr. Starkey was a bus driver for Markle Health & Rehabilitation until his death. He retired in 2008 from General Motors, where he had worked for 33 years, and was a member of UAW Local 2209. He graduated from Parker High School, in Janesville, WI, and was a member of Life Community Church.

He was born Oct. 25, 1954, in Janesville, WI, to Vilas F. and Avis J. Zitzner Starkey. He married Nola Floen on Aug. 26, 1978, in Janesville, WI, and she survives.

Additional survivors include three daughters, Lisa (Nate) Heckman, Rebecca (Bart) Miner and Rachael (Adam) King, all of Bluffton; a brother, Paul (Ann) Starkey, of Ossian; two sisters, Donna (Mark) Steinke and Edna (Christopher) Dodge, both of Janesville, WI; and 12 grandchildren, Austin Shepherd, Caleb Shepherd, Dylan Heckman, ShiAnn Heckman, Philip Pearson, Cayler Miner, Avah Miner, Parkar Miner, Cruz Miner, Brodhi Church, Nohlan King and Mhaxon King.

Calling is Friday, March 17, 2017, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Goodwin-Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel, in Bluffton. A service will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 11 a.m., with calling one hour prior to the service, at Life Community Church. Burial will be at a later date.

Memorial gifts may be made to Gideons International or the Visiting Nurse Hospice Home.

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