Russell Jesse Starkey, 78, Jasper

Russell Jesse Starkey, 78, of Jasper, passed away Monday, December 27, 2021, at the Linda E. White Hospice House.

He was born July 1, 1943 in Evansville, to Jesse Alva and Joyce (Crowe) Starkey.

Russell graduated from North High School in 1961 and Ivy Tech. He started his career with Risley’s and Julian and retired in 2006 after 46 years at Kimball Electronics in Jasper. He was a member of Faith Community Church of the Nazarene in Huntingburg. Russell enjoyed working on, and restoring, wire recorders. He had a special knack for repairing televisions and old electronics.

Russell is survived by his wife, Priscilla (Wagner) Starkey; sons, David Starkey (Kim), Steven Starkey (Jennifer), and Robert Starkey (Kayla); grandchildren, who affectionately called him Sugar Pops, Anna, Adalyn, Sarah, Aubrey, Lauren, and Rohan Starkey; brother Ralph Starkey (Janice); nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Russell was preceded in death by his brother Richard Starkey and sister, Martha Jean Hasty.

Visitation is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, December 30, 2021, at Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel, 800 S. Hebron Ave., Evansville. The funeral service begins at 1 p.m. at the funeral home, with Reverend William Covey officiating.

Burial follows at Rose Hill Cemetery, Newburgh.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Community Church of the Nazarene, 406 E. 3rd St., Huntingburg, IN 47542.

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