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Charles Chuck Dewayne Starr 1939 - 2020

Charles “Chuck” DeWayne Starr, of Amarillo, passed from this life at the age of 81 on Sept. 17, 2020.

Graveside services were held on Sept. 22 at Darrouzett Cemetery and followed by a service at the American Legion in Darrozett.

Chuck was born in Wheeler County, Texas on April 25, 1939 where he was raised by his mother, Sarah McCandless Guinn and his maternal grandparents. He had one sister, Sammy Jean Gladden, his lifelong best friend, until she predeaceased him.

Chuck graduated from Panhandle High School in 1957, attended W.T. and served in the United States Army.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ruth Elizabeth (Sturtz) Starr; nephews, Jerry (Linda) Gladden and Mark Gladden of Chattanooga, Tenn.; brother- in- law, George (Heather) Sturtz of Albany, Oregon,; niece, Marie Yeoger of Corvallis, Oregon; nephew, David Sturtz of Warner, Okla.; and Aunt Doris Guinn and half-brother David of Cleveland, Okla.; as well as cousins and their families.
Chuck owned and operated Starr Body Shop in Amarillo and met and made many wonderful friends. He also enjoyed farming in Lipscomb County and was awarded Outstanding Young Farmer by the Lipscomb County Soil Conservation Service, again, adding more outstanding friends, in particular Bill Watson.

He spent many happy hours at Tradewinds Airport earning multiple ratings as a private pilot and enjoyed flying. He also enjoyed that special group of people involved in flying. As a Lion, he was he was a Melvin Jones recipient. Chuck was a kind, patient and gentle man who loved people and animals. He is much missed by his red tabby cat, Petunia.

A special thanks to the BSA and BSA Hospices nurses and staff.

Memorials may be made to Amarillo Lone Star Lions Club, PO Box 20421, Amarillo TX 79114, P.E.T.S. Clinic of Amarillo, 2500 West 6th Ave., Amarillo TX 79106 or a charity of choice.