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Lucille June Starr

June passed away Thursday, December 23, 2021, surrounded by her family, at Stanford Lodge in Plainwell.

The daughter of Earl and Letha (Taggart) Garton, June was born August 25, 1924 in Allegan. For many years she worked as an inspector at Parker Hannifin until her retirement in 1986. June enjoyed camping, music, dancing and golf. Family was very special and important to June. She loved attending all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s games, plays, band concerts and parties.

June was a member of the First Congregational Church of Otsego. She was a Cub Scout leader when her boys were young and a hospice volunteer for many years. On June 18, 1942 she married Medford Starr who passed away in 2006.

Surviving are her sons, Norman (Nancy) Starr and Medford (Sally) Starr both of Otsego; grandchildren, Jana Starr, Kishella (Dave) Roelof, David (Cheryl) Starr; Cherie (George) Owens, Natalie (Troy) Wolhuis, Todd (Anna) Starr, Mike (Melissa) Blackwell; great-grandchildren, Tyler (Brittany), Justin and Jacob Starr, Delaney and Madie Starr, Trevor (Allie), Ty (Kamery) and Trenton Wolhuis, Montana, Trae and Cheyton Blackwell, Kelsey (Jeremy) Bohl and Jordan (Sarah) Owens; 3 great-great-grandchildren, Phoenix, Kennedi and Emmy; sister, Letha (Nick) Cary; step-sisters, Judy Dee and Lorene Lemson along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Thelma (Clifford) Vickery; brother, Earl “Pete” (Margie) Garton; step-father, Gerald Helmer; brother-in-law, Paul (Dorothy) Starr and sisters-in-law, Marjorie (August) Luttrell, Winifred (Wilbur) Roberts, Pauline (Russell) Jimerson and Barbara (Mondo) Bartz.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with June’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at the First Congregational Church of Otsego, until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 A.M.

Private family burial of ashes will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego.

June would like to give special thanks to her family for their loving care and to her many friends who have seen her through the good and the bad time.

Contributions in memory of June may be made to First Congregational Church of Otsego or

Wings of Hope Hospice


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Jan Jameson

December 24, 2021 at 11:58 am

One of the sweetest ladies I haver ever know. I just Loved June so much. Got to know her at Parker.

Rest in Peace,Junie. I am a better person because of you…..


Kathi Fuss

December 24, 2021 at 12:31 pm

I don’t have words to express my feelings right now! June was such a special friend to my family for SO many years! She surely is an angel with God now❤️ June helped me get through the hard times with Larry’s health . Such an awesome lady! Sending hugs, prayers and love to all of you


Colleen (Kelsey) Ziemer

December 24, 2021 at 1:09 pm

To all of June’s family many prayers go out to all of you. She was a very sweet lady. I’m glad I got to know her a little.. she will be missed by many. love and prayers.


Frank Gibson

December 26, 2021 at 12:47 am

My condolences and prayers for the family! I enjoyed working with her for 10 years at Parker before transferring to New York! A wonderful lady!


Colleen (Kelsey) Ziemer

December 24, 2021 at 1:18 pm

To all of June’s family – I am so sorry to hear of her passing. She was a very sweet and kind lady. I’m glad I had a chance to get to know her a little over the years. She will be missed my many. My thought and prayers are with you.


Candy Gray

December 24, 2021 at 5:07 pm

Lee, we are so sorry to hear about your sister. May she fly high with the angels. Love, Tom & Candy Gray & Family


Connie Vanarsdal

December 24, 2021 at 5:30 pm

Such a wonderful lady. Worked with her for many years. So sorry for your loss.


Marla Augustine

December 24, 2021 at 6:15 pm

Worked with June at Parker. Such a sweetheart. In angels wings my dear. Love you. Ron and Marla.


Jim & Patty Dyer

December 24, 2021 at 7:38 pm

Sorry to hear about your mom’s recent passing.


Vicki Deemer

December 24, 2021 at 9:44 pm

Such a sweet lady.

A friend to all.

You will be missed.


Pam Kuiper

December 25, 2021 at 5:54 am

June was a joy to us all. She always had a twinkle in her eye. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.


Sue Martin

December 25, 2021 at 9:43 am

June always treated us as family. We felt right at home at her place back in the day. Will miss seeing her out and about. Never failed to ask about our family and how everyone was doing. Larry and Sue Martin.


Lynn M. VanderKolk

December 25, 2021 at 12:51 pm

When I think of June I think sweet soul. I’ve know June through church and her smile and zest for life were greatly admired. She is something to aspire to. Thank you June for showing me the face of Christ.

You will be missed very much,

Love Lynn


Su Johnson

December 25, 2021 at 1:46 pm

Jana Starr , I knew June from parker, great lady, a loving caring soul.Jana I’m sorry for your loss, Lee and Su, your old martin neighbors.


Bruce VanderKolk

December 25, 2021 at 1:52 pm

Spending time with June in prayer and conversation and meals was a blessing to me. One of the true saints. You were a very special lady.

Pastor Bruce


timothy quigley

December 26, 2021 at 8:46 am

Dear Family,

We all thought of your mom as our Grandma June! She was such a sweet, loving lady! She loved being around her family and we all loved being around her! Please know that she is now an Angel in Heaven watching over you!


Lynn Bronkema

December 26, 2021 at 3:48 pm

Dear Meff and Family My Love and Heart goes out to you and your Family for the Loss of your Beloved Mother, June ! She is the Sweetest, Nicest, Kindest Lady to who ever knew her! As you knew I always called her ” Mom ” and she loved that . I will Greatly miss her. Prayers, Strength and Comfort to you and the Family! God Bless.


Barbara Blanchard

December 26, 2021 at 10:26 pm

I started working at Parker in 1977, that’s where I first met June. I have many fond memories. Whenever I would run into her, usually at Meijers, she would say “Hi Barbie, how ya doin?” June had that twinkle in her eyes and comforting smile, what a sweet lady. She had a strong faith, June has gone home to our Savior Jesus Christ.


Sarah Clemens

December 27, 2021 at 12:17 pm

Sweet June was such a special soul, and a dear friend of my parents! She truly earned her Angel wings for ALL of the WONDERFUL things she did here on Earth! What a Gift Heaven has gained~ May all of those loving memories help to bring you all comfort and peace in the coming days.

Love and Prayers ~

Sarah Volker-Clemens


Roxanne Orr

December 27, 2021 at 2:54 pm

So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing Meg. Sending you and your extended family hugs and prayers.


Dee Krcatovich

December 27, 2021 at 3:06 pm

My deepest condolences to June’s family and friends. She was loved by many. A woman of such small stature with a huge heart. June embodied the fruits of the spirit and shared them with all. She was gentle and soft spoken with a great amount of class, yet there was enough sass and moxie to keep her real. I will always cherish her funny stories and hear her saying, “ I’ve got to learn to behave myself.” On December 23 as June entered into her eternal home, I can almost hear the voice of Jesus resounding throughout the heavens saying, “ Welcome June. Job well done good and faithful servant. Let the dancing begin.” I love you and will miss you so much June.


Clara Howrigon

December 27, 2021 at 3:35 pm

June was a very special friend to so many. So sweet and kind. Loved her family so much, never wanted to miss a family wedding or graduation. I will miss her so much.


Shelley Kohl

December 27, 2021 at 5:19 pm

I didn’t know June personally but I felt like I knew her through her granddaughter Kish. She sounded like an amazing sweet lady. I do know she would make us the best cookies ever that Kish would bring in to work for us. Condolences to all the family. May she rest in heaven.


Jo golden

December 27, 2021 at 5:49 pm

Norm Nancy and family I am so sorry to hear about your mother may God be with you all and know that you are all in my heart and I love you all very much Jo


Deb Anderson

December 27, 2021 at 7:21 pm

My deepest sympathy goes out to June’s entire family. She was such a sweet soul and was always worrying about how somebody else was doing no matter how bad she was feeling. I Loved her feisty personality and her sense of humor. She loved our God and didn’t hesitate to ask for prayers because of her incredible faith. June you were loved by so many and will be missed tremendously. I loved you very much June.


Pat Brown Pressley

December 27, 2021 at 10:30 pm

So sorry for your loss.


Bill Standish

December 28, 2021 at 11:12 am

What a wonderful lady who will leave a big footprint in the hearts of everyone who knew her. thoughts and prayers go out to her family.


Bryon and Kandy Campbell

December 28, 2021 at 3:11 pm

We are so sorry for your loss! June was such a sweet and kind lady! She will be missed by many!! May the Lord Jesus comfort you during this difficult time.


John and Diane Glessner

December 28, 2021 at 4:07 pm

To all of June’s family,

June holds a sweet spot in our hearts. As so many have mentioned, she never failed to ask about our family. Her brother, Pete was a best friend to my dad, Harry Rex. She was full of kindness and spunk and was loved by many. Our prayers are with the entire family

With Love and sympathy, John and Diane Glessner


Ken & Georgiann Bleeker

December 29, 2021 at 6:56 pm

We will certainly miss June. She was a joy to visit and to hear the stories of her life. She was a very determined and sweet lady.


Andrew Zook

December 30, 2021 at 9:15 am

Think of you and your family Kish during this difficult time. With heartfelt condolences Camfil Michigan family


Ella Lynn Deneau

December 30, 2021 at 11:04 am

June was a light in any room she walked into. She always had a hug and a smile for anyone and her energy, even at 97 will b e missed. Our Dad and her used to tear up the dance floor at the elks when in their 80’s. She was kindness, and fun rolled up in one tiny package. Our Condolences to her family, She left a beautiful legacy.


Jim and Ellyn Deneau


Darla & Doug Maltby

December 30, 2021 at 3:23 pm

So sorry for your loss. We loved being her neighbors while we lived in Otsego. Her spunk and humor made everyone smile.


David B. Campbell

December 31, 2021 at 1:30 pm

June was a sweet beautiful soul. I remember when her and Med would stop over to my parents house (Fred and Jill Campbell) and visit when I was young. It was rewarding to visit with her when she attended my parents funeral luncheons at St. Margarets in Otsego. She gave me her phone number and I called a few times just to check in on her. She was the last spouse of the MacSimBar (Mead) papermill crowd. I’m glad you had such a long time with your Mom now she can go to her reward in Heaven.

David and Arlene Campbell


Lonnie Hampton

January 2, 2022 at 8:11 pm

I knew June throughout her career at Parker. What a great Lady!She was always an inspiration to me. So sorry for your loss. She will be missed I am sure of that. She is now in a much better place in the arms of Jesus. Don’t ever forget the memories.


Jerry Bohl, Jr

January 3, 2022 at 4:53 pm

Tammy and I pray that all who love her will find the Peace that she now has.


Jerry Bohl, Jr

January 3, 2022 at 5:03 pm

Tammy and I pray that all who love her will find the Peace that she now has.

God bless,

Jerry & Tammy Bohl


Ella Grace

January 4, 2022 at 9:41 am

Grandma Starr will be so very missed, she was, and still is such a sweet women. My condolences to family and friends of her. ❤️


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