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Gary Phillip Starlin, age 73, of Vestaburg, passed away Monday, October 10, 2016 at MidMichigan Medical Center in Alma.  The son of Elzy & Elizabeth Adelle (Fraser) Starlin, he was born on January 10, 1943 in Lake City. A proud Army veteran, he served his country during the Vietnam War.

On June 30, 1968, in Fremont, he married Crystal Frances Hewitt and together they enjoyed nearly forty-seven years of marriage and had three daughters.  Gary was a skilled carpenter and was a self-employed craftsman for over 20 years. 

He was preceded in death by his parents;  his beloved wife, Crystal Starlin on April 23, 2015; a daughter, Camille Rae Starlin; three brothers; and two sisters.  Surviving are two daughters, Niki & Wesley Barron of Columbus, North Carolina, and D.J. & Louis Piña of Vestaburg;  five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; three brothers; two sisters; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be a Memorial Thanksgiving Potluck held on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Cedar Lake Elementary School Gym (7195 N. Academy Rd., Cedar Lake, MI).  We want to give thanks for the life he led and the lives he touched.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Gary's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.



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  1. Beverly & Steve Button on October 12, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Gary was so sweet and kind to us, always there with a hug. He will be in our hearts forever.

  2. Daniel Starlin on October 12, 2016 at 12:00 am

    I will greatly miss my Uncle Gary. I have many fond memories of him. He may have been the happiest person I’ve ever met. Just being around him would brighten my spirits. I hoped for him to have many more years. He and Aunt Crystal were important role models for me through out my life. I always felt a great deal of love from them. I admired his faith in God and the way he showed it and shared it in his life. I feel blessed to have known him. I offer my deepest condolences to my cousins and their families. I’m sure the loss I feel can’t compare to the loss they feel. I look forward to the day I can see him again with all of the other people waiting in Heaven.
    Dan Starlin

  3. Jan Pyke Nash on October 12, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Our love, thoughts and prayers are with the family. When we pastored Fremont church we had the opportunity to get better acquainted with Gary. At that time he was a colporteur. I already knew Crys as we were at Cedar Lake Academy together. We lost contact after we moved away from Fremont, but we thought of Crys and Gary a lot. Was glad to reconnect through Facebook. We miss them both and look forward to the resurrection day. May it come soon!!!

  4. Ruby Lavin on October 12, 2016 at 12:00 am

    So sorry for your loss. He was a special man. I will always remember his smile and his love for his family.

  5. the Groesser's (tim and rachel from frankfort church) on October 12, 2016 at 12:00 am

  6. Lyndon Greeley on October 12, 2016 at 12:00 am

    My deepest condolences to Gary’s family. I roomed with Gary at Cedar Lake and one year at Andrews. Gary also stayed with my family one winter and we went to church school in Marion, Mi
    Enjoyed his companionship during those times as we both had a love for our ‘Fords’.
    May God Bless.

  7. Chattanooga, TN on October 13, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Praising the Lord for Gary’s life! He was a good friend to many in our family. We will miss him–especially Ken! Praying for our Father to hold each family member up with comfort and strength!

  8. Bryce Caleb Alyssa and Grayson on October 13, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Uncle Gary will be truly missed. He was always ready to tell a story and lend a ear if you needed to talk. Lots of fond memorys of his good cooking. Love you uncle Gary

  9. Kimberly Starlin Hrobsky on October 14, 2016 at 12:00 am

  10. Pastor Ron and Linda Davis on October 14, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Our hearts cry with you. It was so nice to see him this summer at Rutherfordton. Will keep you girls in our prayers. Jesus come soon

  11. Dee Collins on October 16, 2016 at 12:00 am

    My condolences to the Starlin family, the bible describes a God of comfort, “who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God.” ( 2 Corinthians 1:3,4) May God comfort you during this difficult time and may you find comfort in his promise of a resurrection. (John 5:28,29).

  12. Joanna and Harry Schultz on October 16, 2016 at 12:00 am

    In memory of my little brother, but not for long. You soon outgrew me and needed to be my youngest brother. Well do I remember the day you was born I sat in my little rocker and held you, rocking and signing to you. Other memories, going after cows to bring them from the pasture. Often taking pails in the fall to pick huckelberries. Crossing the river as the cows often went there to eat. Playing big bad WOLF after dark,trying to see who could scare the other the most. The time you tried on my new skirt ma had made me. After Vietnam you came to live with us . Always remember your hearty laugh and how red you got in the face. See you when JESUS comes. Love sis

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