I had the distinct honor of attending the funeral service for Mr. Jess Starkey this morning. Mr. Furl officiated the service and had many kind things to say about his friend of many years. He spoke of deer hunting with Mr. Starkey in West Virginia, and how he would tell Howard, “Time to make the donuts” in the morning, though Howard didn’t understand what he meant for a while. Mr. Starkey was part of Tom Brokaw’s “Greatest Generation”; a generation of men and women who lived through an awful World War, and are especially noted for their duty, honor, sacrifice, and accomplishment, each of which accurately describe Mr. Starkey.
Mr. Furl also discussed the Biblical passages John 11:25–26; 1 Corinthians 15; and Psalm 23. In closing we described the deceased as a patriot, a hero, and a son of the Republic.
It was a small service (surprisingly), but truly heartfelt by all in attendance. Our deepest condolences go out to his family.