Lester Starner


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Posted Online: March 31, 2013, 8:38 pm
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Lester Vernon Starner, 84, formerly of Moline, passed away on Good Friday, March 29, 2013,
surrounded by his loving family after suffering a long battle with vascular dementia.
Services are April 2 at Saint James Catholic Church, Liberty, Mo., with visitation at 1 p.m.followed by a Mass at 2 p.m. Interment with military honors will follow at Resurrection Cemetery,Kansas City, Mo.
Lester was born on Sept. 18, 1928, in Rock Island, to Lester W. and Lillian Mae Starner. He was wed to Mary Lou Martin on June 18, 1949.
Lester served as a U.S. Army private during World War II and was stationed in Italy from 1946-47. Following an honorable discharge, Lester used the GI Bill to attend St. Ambrose College in Davenport and received his bachelor's degree in business. His professional career was in the corrugated packaging industry, working for various companies spanning more than 50 years. Lester enjoyed spending time with his large family and also was an avid traveler, gardener and photographer, and he had a lifelong love of sailing. Lester was an active member of St. James Catholic Church, Liberty, Mo., since 1975, where he served in the Knights of Columbus and as an usher.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Starner; parents, Lester and Lillian Starner; and siblings, Iola Huber, Emerald Erikson and Miriam Walsh.
He is survived by his brother, Roger Starner and wife, Margaret; brother-in-law, Paul Martin and wife, Lonny; and sister-in-law, Aderine Nonnenmann.
Lester and Mary's proudest accomplishment was the family they created together: seven sons and two daughters, along with 21 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, Steve Starner (Jeanie), Mark Starner, Kevin Starner, Leslie Medinger, Kelly T. Starner (Nancy), Brien Starner (Kelly), infant son Daniel Gavin, deceased, Maureen Friedley (Dwight), Lester W. Starner. Lester lived a long and full 84 years of life.
He lived his life committed to his faith, family, friends and work community. His energy, drive and
passion were known to all he met. He leaves behind a large extended family, including many nieces andnephews, and a lifetime of cherished memories for his family spent with their father, grandfather andgreat-grandfather who are thankful he rests in peace with the Lord and his wife, Mary, and family whopreceded him in death. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Wounded Warriors Project orSt. James Catholic Church, Liberty, Mo. Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at churchacherpasley.com.












 



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