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
To submit your Ringgold County obituaries, contact Sharon R. Becker at
Please include the word "Ringgold" in the subject line. Thank you.
A - B OBITUARIES INDEX
C OBITUARIES INDEX
D OBITUARIES INDEX
E - F - G OBITUARIES INDEX
H - I - J OBITUARIES INDEX
K - L OBITUARIES INDEX
M OBITUARIES INDEX
N - O - P OBITUARIES INDEX
Q - R OBITUARIES INDEX
S - T OBITUARIES INDEX
U - V - W OBITUARIES INDEX
X - Y - Z OBITUARIES INDEX