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Ottumwa Courier
Ottumwa, Iowa
October 2, 2008

OBITUARY - CURTIS DOUGLAS STARK

LOVILIA — Curtis Douglas STARK, age 21, of Lovilia, Iowa, the son of Ronald Douglas "Doug" and Cynthia Ann "Cindy" (BICKFORD) STARK, was born Jan. 9, 1987, in Ottumwa, Iowa. He died in a single vehicle accident in Monroe County, Iowa on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008.

Curt's parents lived in Selma, Iowa when he was born. Later they moved and he started school at Jetmore, Kan. He also attended school at Grand Valley in Kellerton, Iowa, Central Decatur in Leon, Iowa, and graduated in 2005 from Eddyville-Blakesburg, Iowa School. He went to Dodge City Community College to study equine science on a full ride rodeo scholarship. He graduated in 2007. During college and after graduation he worked for Wilroads Feed Yard in Dodge City. In April 2008 he moved in with his parents and worked for Gold Buckle Feeds where he was an equine specialist.

Curt was a rodeo man through and through. He was an excellent team roper, calf roper, and pickup man. He won nine saddles in all, his first at age 11. He also won numerous buckles and awards. As long as he had a rope in his hand, he was happy. He almost always had a smile on his face and he never knew a stranger. If you wanted to know what your calf or steer was going to do, all you had to do was ask him. He was a member of the Iowa High School Rodeo Association, the IRCA, USTRC, KPRA, NIRA, IRA, and the Dodge City College Rodeo Team.

Survivors include his parents, Doug and Cindy STARK of Lovilia, Iowa; sisters, Katie STARK and friend, Chad HARRIS of Kinsley, Kan. and Courtney STARK and friend, Jesse HINKLE of Lovilia; little brother, John YOUNG of Orient, Iowa; his girlfriend, Levi MUNTZ of Argyle, Iowa; grandparents, Mary Alice and Jerry BICKFORD, Sr. of Selma, Iowa and Rosemary and Ron STARK of Grand River, Iowa; great-grandmother, Alice STEELE of Fairfield, Iowa; aunts, uncles, and cousins, Deb and Ken WATERHOUSE and Kacee and Jamie of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Dan and Jo SWAIM and Sam and Mathew of Altoona, Iowa, Jerry BICKFORD, Jr. and Alison of Selma, Iowa; Denny STARK and Patrick, Paige, and Alyssa of Grand River; Sheila and Jamie MILLARD and Taylor, Austin, and Derek of Calera, Okla.; his dog, Hooch; his horses, Dillon, Slick, and Tex; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at the Leon Rodeo Arena at the Decatur County Fairgrounds in Leon, Iowa at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, with Denny LAWYER and Jeff METCALF officiating.

Visitation is at the Slade – O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Iowa on Thursday, Oct. 2 beginning at noon, the family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday evening.

Burial will be in the Grand River Cemetery, Grand River, Iowa. Arrangements are through the Slade – O’Donnell Funeral Home of Leon and Lamoni, Iowa. Memorials may be given to the Iowa High School Rodeo Association in Curtis' name.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010

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