Darrel Wayne Starling
April 10, 1949 ~ March 9, 2023
Kansas City, Missouri…Darrel Wayne Starling was born April 10, 1949, and on March 9, 2023, he left the arms of those who loved him and ran into the loving arms of Jesus.
He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the eldest son of Norman E. and Dorothy V. (Ballard) Starling.
After graduation from Oak Park High School in 1967, he joined the United States Air Force and served his country as an Aircraft Maintenance Specialist from 1968 through 1972 reaching the rank of Sergeant. Sergeant Starling served as Crew Chief at Whiteman AFB in Missouri, Tinker AFB in Oklahoma and Andersen AFB in Guam, where he always volunteered for the next adventure to leave the island, and so he had many adventures.
After being honorably discharged from the Air Force, Darrel worked as a Service Manager for car dealerships including: Bob Moore Cadillac in Oklahoma City, Charlie Fisher Buick-Chevrolet in Kansas City, and Jim Gilmore Cadillac in Kalamazoo, Michigan, who was sponsor and partner with A.J. Foyt, four-time Indy 500 winner. Darrel attended the races many times.
Darrel loved working on cars (especially corvettes), woodworking, and going to junk stores all over the country with Barbara by his side. He loved finding things broken and making them like new again. Where others saw junk, he saw a treasure. He could fix anything! He will be dearly missed by those who love him.
Darrel is preceded in death by his mother and father; two infant daughters, Kari Sue Starling and Michelle Starling; and his brother, Michael E. Starling.
Survivors include his partner in life, Barbara K. Owen; niece, Deanna Starling Ludwig; and brother, Robert C. Starling; and many other relatives and friends.
A celebration of Darrel’s life will be held on his birthday, Monday, April 10th, 2023, at Turner Family Funeral Home in Maysville, Missouri, starting at 1:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service.
Memorial Contributions: Donor’s Choice