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Obituary: Dave A. Starkey, Columbus

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Dave Anthony Starkey, 70, passed away at his home in Columbus, IN at 10:05 a.m. July 1st, 2014, after a prolonged illness.

Visitation will be held at Myers-Reed Chapel on Monday, July 7th, from 9  to 11a.m. with the funeral service following at 11a.m. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery.  Services will be officiated by Timothy J. McConnell.

Dave was born on March 3, 1944 to Carl L. Starkey and Martha J. (Headley) Merriman in Indianapolis. Dave lived as a child in Elizabethtown and Columbus, and attended Columbus High School before joining the United States Navy.

He served in the Navy from June 5th, 1964 to April 19th, 1968. During his navy career, Dave traveled around the world 11 times, received a commendation for his heroic efforts during the search and rescue operations for the USS Thresher submarine, served as part of the naval blockade during the Cuban missile crisis, and served on a river patrol boat during two tours in Vietnam where he was awarded the Purple Heart.

After his time in the Navy, Dave served as an instructor at Atterbury Job Corps and worked as a master certified technician for BMW, Mercedes and Jaguar at several service centers in Columbus before opening his own shop in the late 90s. He finally retired in 2008.

Dave’s search to understand what the Bible really teaches led him to become one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and he was baptized on March 3rd, 1990. He was comforted by the scriptural hope that the dead are resting in God’s memory while they await the resurrection and that, under Christ Jesus rule, the Earth will be transformed into a paradise. Dave volunteered a portion of his time every month helping others come to a better understanding of the Bible.

Dave enjoyed playing the guitar and writing his own songs. He also worked with his hands sculpting wooden race cars. He was an avid motor racing fan and enjoyed watching NASCAR,  but his primary sporting passion was Indy Car and his love for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He experienced one of the highlights of his enjoyment for Indy Cars when he helped work with Penske Racing at the Mid-Ohio Race Course in 1989.

Dave is survived by his wife, Joyce Hashman, whom he married on March 7th, 1971. In addition, he is survived by three sons, David (Kimberly) MacLaren, Brian Merriman and Shawn (Katrina) Starkey; two daughters, Tina Starkey and Carrie Starkey; nine grandchildren, Johnathon Starkey, Dylan Kreuger, Chelsea Kreuger, Kayla (Christopher) Thiel, Kelly Maynes, Riley Despres, Wyatt Despres, Brianna Whitis and Kassandra McIntyer; a step-grandson, Zackary Duncan; two great-grandchildren, Liam Thiel and Jameson Thiel; and siblings Kenneth Starkey (Pamela); Lou Anne (Mark) Hasch and Karl (Candy) Starkey.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Martha; his step-father, Marcus Merriman; brothers, Johnathon Merriman and Kevin Starkey; and a daughter, Julie Despres.

Three weeks ago, Dave’s daughter, Julie, died as a result of complications from back surgery. A memorial fund has been set up for Julie’s children. In lieu of flowers, the Starkey family requests that donations be made to this fund for Dave’s grandchildren at

Online condolences may be sent to Dave’s family at

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