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Donald Edward Starr of Wyoming passed away on Sept. 30, 2019, at Clarence Senior Living. Donald was born on Aug. 8, 1921, in Andrew to Charles M. Starr and Amanda Heneke Starr. He graduated from Oxford Junction High School in 1939. He was a 4-H club member and began a farming career with his father in Oxford Junction and Clarence. Donald married G. Lucille Waggoner at Wayne Zion Lutheran Church on Oct. 23, 1943. They farmed in Clarence before they bought the present farm west of Wyoming in 1951.

Donald was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Wyoming. He was also a member of Little Bear Country Club from 1969 at age 50. His first of six hole-in-ones occurred in March of 1972 at Little Bear. Golf in summer was greatly assisted by an air-conditioned golf cart. He preferred daily 10 a.m. coffee, golf and mowing lawn (weekly). A “snowbird” since 1980, he preferred New Smyrna Beach, Fla., through 2019 and frequently golfed with other snowbirds. He loved playing card games of pepper, turn trump and sheepshead.

Donald is survived by a son, James Edward Starr of Wyoming; a daughter, Cindy Starr (Tim Knutson) of Wapello; a sister, Betty Plagman of Williamsburg; a daughter-in-law, Gale Starr of Winterset; his grandchildren, Jason and Bart Starr of Winterset and Geneva and Alana Knutson; his great-grandchildren, Drake and Brody Starr; and nieces and nephews in the Plagman, Bunge and Waggoner families.

Donald and Lucille celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2013. Lucille passed away in October 2015. He was preceded in death by one son, Jerry in 1994; his parents; and one sister, Charlene Bunge.

A visitation was held on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, at Lahey and Dawson Funeral Home in Wyoming from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. A funeral service was held on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, at 1 a.m. at Zion American Lutheran Church in Wyoming. Burial was held at the Wyoming Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to his family in his honor.

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