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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. 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).

  2. 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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