Lloyd Stanley “Stub” Starr died Wednesday, July 27, 2011, in his home after a short battle with cancer.
Lloyd was born on December 30, 1930 in Keokuk, Iowa to S. Cleophus and Florence (Bolton) Starr. On December 29, 1957, he married Virginia Belle Elkins in Knox City, Missouri after being introduced by Lee and Carmen Ourth on a blind date. In 1948, Lloyd graduated from Hamilton High School where he served as Vice President of his class. He served the United States Marine Corps in Korea from November 27, 1951 until his honorable discharge on November 20, 1953.
After his service, Lloyd and Virginia returned to beautiful and historic Nauvoo and opened Starr’s Garage, which constituted a large part of the family’s life for over 50 years. As a business owner and volunteer, Lloyd was active in many clubs and organizations including the Nauvoo Fire Department as Chief and Trustee, Nauvoo Chamber of Commerce, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, American Legion, VFW, Nauvoo Historical Society, Sonora Homecomers and Hancock County Theatre Group.
Lloyd and his family supported the Nauvoo Grape Festival for years with his children participating as Pet Parade King and Queen and Bride and Groom and he was instrumental in the creation of the Sunday Feature Parade and arranged for the famous Anheuser Busch Clydesdales to take part in the Parade. He received various awards in his lifetime including the Nauvoo Historical Society “Citizen of the Year” and the Nauvoo Chamber of Commerce “Spirit of 1776” Award
Survivors include his wife Virginia Starr, children Jean Starr and her fiancée Vince Seaver of Nauvoo and Hamilton Illinois, Keith and Joanne (Stoen) Starr of Charles City, Iowa, Linda Starr of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Neal and Martha (Starr) Miller of Franklin, Tennessee. Also surviving are Lloyd’s brothers Lester (and the late Shirley) Starr and Dean and Marjorie Starr all from Hamilton, Illinois and Harold and Joyce Starr of Carthage, Illinois and his sister-in-law Betsy Wharton of Monticello, Illinois. Lloyd is further survived by his three grandchildren, Stephen, Robert and Emily Starr of Charles City, Iowa and several nieces and nephews and trusted friends Tom and Arlee Dowell of Nauvoo, Illinois and, of course, his faithful golden retriever and walking partner, Gracie.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 30, 2011, at the Nauvoo United Methodist Church in Nauvoo with Pastor Randy Azbell and Pastor Mark Anderson officiating.
Burial with full military rites by the Nauvoo American Legion were at the Oak Grove Cemetery in rural Hamilton, Illinois.
In lieu of flowers, suggested memorials would be to the Nauvoo Fire Protection District and the Nauvoo United Methodist Church.
Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schmitzlynkfuneralhome.com.