Duane Starke, 82, of Kingsport, TN went to be with the Lord and his two sons on March 3, 2019 at his residence with his family by his side.
Duane was born in Aldrich and spent most of his childhood in Motley where he graduated as valedictorian from Motley High School. After graduation he joined the Minnesota National Guard where he served for over nine years. Duane attended and graduated from the Minnesota School of Business. He began his career with IBM Corporation while also attending the University of Minnesota. Duane was employed by IBM Corporation for over 35 years where he worked as Administration Manager and received numerous service awards. After his retirement he and his wife spent two and a-half years in Japan; four years in Turkey as missionaries teaching English as a second language. He and his wife Carol were also blessed to travel to several cities in Europe and Asia during this time. Throughout his lifetime he both loved and shared the Lord. He was a well-loved and recognized Sunday School teacher. Duane was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.
Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years, Carol Starke; daughter, Kim Hamilton and husband Bill; grandchildren; Ashley Ball and husband Chris, Sara Miller and husband Matt, Lisa Starke and Brett Hamilton; great-granddaughter, Katelyn Ball; one brother, Ronald Starke and wife Betty, of Motley; along with several nieces, one nephew, and many, many friends.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Scott and Brent Starke; parents, Joseph and Naomi Starke; father and mother-in-law, Leroy and Ardis Cook and sister, Aloris Starke.
Services were held March 6 at Carter-Trent Funeral Home, Kingsport. A celebration of life service followed with Pastor Lamar Herndon officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions to Wycliffe Bible Translators: P.O Box 628200 Orlando, Florida 32862-8200.
Carter-Trent Funeral Home, Kingsport, served the Starke family.