Trent — Dr. Johnie Dow Starkey, Professor Emeritus, Northern Illinois University went to join the Lord Thursday morning, Nov. 11, 2010. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Trent United Methodist Church, 226 N. Mesquite in Trent, TX, directed by Starbuck Funeral Home.
Born in Lockney, TX on June 12, 1921, he ranched and farmed with his family in Hart, then near Muleshoe. He attended college at Texas Tech University, majoring in agriculture where he met his wife, Roberta Nell Johnston. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1942, after graduation and married Roberta on Nov. 3, 1943, after officer training. After his discharge in 1946, he worked for his father in Clovis, New Mexico at the Starkey Packing House until moving to Lubbock, TX where Roberta received her Doctorate in Elementary Education while he taught elementary school. They then moved to Roswell, where he taught school and worked on his Masters degree from Eastern New Mexico University, then received his Doctorate in Educational Psychology at the Colorado State College in Greeley, Colorado. He and Roberta moved to Laramie, Wyoming and taught at the University of Wyoming, then to De Kalb, Illinois where he taught at Northern Illinois University until he retired from teaching at the age of 65. John and Roberta moved back to Roberta’s family home in the country and raised dairy cows until the last few years.
He is survived by Roberta, his wife of 67 years; three sisters, Eula Mullen of Idaho Falls, ID, Kathryn Williams of Farmington, NM and Nina Brewer of Robert Lee, TX; two sons, David Joe Starkey and wife Loretta F. of Abilene, TX and Bill Clarence Starkey of Trent, TX; a daughter, Marilyn Elaine Starkey of Trent, TX; three granddaughters, Kristina E. Leak and husband Corey of Sweetwater, TX, Jesse C. Starkey of Huntsville, TX and Sarah Starkey of Abilene, TX; and a great-grandson, Reese Leak of Sweetwater, TX.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John F. and Kathryn I. Starkey; three brothers, Robert J., James L. and Frank M. Starkey.
Memorials may be made to Trent United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 65, Trent, TX 79561.
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