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Obituary: F. Ellis Starnes, Greensburg

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F. Ellis Starnes, 76, of Greensburg, formerly of Flat Rock, died Sunday, January 6, 2013, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.

Mr. Starnes retired from Cummins Engine Company after 34 years of service. He attended First Baptist Church in Greensburg and was a member of Hope Masonic Lodge.

The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at Norman Funeral Home in Hope with Rev. Jerry Crouse officiating and Pastor Cliff Bunch assisting. Visitation will be today from 4 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. There will be a Masonic service at 8 p.m. today. Burial will be at Hope Moravian Cemetery.

Born August 30, 1936, in Norman, IN, Mr. Starnes was the son of Floyd A. and Nettie Branaman Starnes.

Survivors include children, Bobette (Tom) Robbins and Desiree Starnes of Greensburg, Jay (Laura) Pennington and Penny (Kevin) McFall of Michigan and Mary Jo Kimberlain of North Carolina; grandchildren, Natasha (Scott) Ogden, Bryce Wesseler, Jason and Jonathon Pennington, Jeremy, Samantha and Shaun Bullard and Jasmine Kimberlain; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Michael N. Starnes of Flat Rock; and a sister, Cynthia (Michael) Deckard of Hope.

Mr. Starnes was preceded in death by his parents; his companion of 35 years, Marjie Pennington; and brothers, Mark D. and David M. "Shug" Starnes.

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