GUSTAVUS - Charles A. Starling Sr., 75, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at UPMC Horizon Hospital in Greenville, Pa.
He was born Jan. 19, 1937, in Vernon, the son of Alvin J. and Rose L. Parthemer Starling.
A lifetime area resident, Mr. Starling was a 1955 graduate of Gustavus School.
While in high school, he worked on Harlan Sharp's horse farm helping with race horses and sometimes going to the tracks with him. He also worked at Sharp's Chevrolet garage and Wean Manufacturing; was service manager at A.G. Birrell's in Kinsman; and worked for Hunter's Auto Wrecking for 45 years. The majority of his employment was as head bus mechanic for Badger School District.
Mr. Starling was a member of the Gustavus Lodge 442 F & AM; and he enjoyed NASCAR, and restoring cars and lawn mowers.
Mr. Starling is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gertrude E. Marshall Starling, whom he married Dec. 15, 1956, of Gustavus; and to this union were born seven children that survive him, Cynthia (Ray) Edison of Conneautville, Pa., Catherine (Chuck) Cook of Vernon, Cheryl (Randy) Brewer of Vernon, Carla (Randy) Burr of Gustavus, Charles A. Starling Jr. of Gustavus, Carlon Scott Starling of Gustavus and Crystal (Kurt) Swym of Gustavus; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Roy (Ruth) Starling of Kinsman; one sister, Clara Somerville of Cortland; a special sister-in-law, Mavis Starling of Kinsman, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter; one brother, Earl Starling; and one sister, Barbara Coxson.
Calling hours will be held noon until 4 p.m. Wednesday at Baumgardner Funeral & Cremation Service, 8569 Main St., Kinsman, with Masonic rites at 4 p.m.
A funeral service will follow with the Rev. Ronald Spore of Gustavus Federated Church officiating.
A private interment of cremated remains will take place in Gustavus Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Kinsman Public Library, PO Box 166, Kinsman,OH 44428.
An online guestbook is available at www.baumgardnerfuneralhomes.com.