Eugene Allen Starr, 83, of Fort Wayne, Indiana passed away at home on Thursday, January 28, 2021.
Allen was born in Steubenville, Ohio, on February 14, 1937, to Mary Agnes (Ferguson) and Oscar Howard Starr, both deceased.
He grew up in very modest circumstances and, as the oldest of five children, worked supplemental jobs with his father to support the family. Always a passionate athlete, he lettered in football, wrestling, and baseball for Steubenville Big Red. Upon graduation he was awarded the Dr. C. W. Lightizer baseball scholarship for Mount Union College where he was catcher for four years of varsity play and captained the team his senior year. In his late forties he was again behind the plate playing competitive fastpitch softball with his sons.
Allen won his college's Ray McLean scholarship for business administration majors as well as a postgraduate grant at Kent State University with the National Science Foundation. After five years of coaching and teaching math at the high school level, he launched his lifelong career managing steel production and finishing plants and automotive companies in OH, PA, TX, UT, AL and MI. He retired as a consultant for General Motors.
Allen leaves his wife, Sonja; children, Scott (Tina) Starr of Wilsonville, OR, Kerry (Bob) Burke of Mullica Hill, NJ, Mindy (Jonathan) Grubbs of Anderson, IN and Dan (Abbe) Starr of Fort Wayne; siblings, John (Becky) Starr of Crown Point, IN, Guy (Shirley) Starr of Canal Fulton, OH; Mary Gail (Jim) Larkin of Front Royal, VA and Barbara Starr of Virginia Beach, VA.
He is also survived by his thirteen grandchildren: Samuel Starr, Kelsey Berger, Kayleah Carmichael, Robby Burke, Andy Burke, Danny Burke, Gabrielle Grubbs, Rachel Boyer, Hannah Grubbs-Oechsle, Charis Grubbs-Ray, Noah Starr, Jacob Starr, and Tucker Starr as well as two great great-grandchildren: Logan Berger and Piper Starr.
Allen's funeral service will be Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 at 11:00 am in Grace Point Church of the Nazarene, 8611 Mayhew Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Due to state mandate, guests must wear nose and mouth covering masks at all times, maintain social distancing, and refrain from contact to keep everyone safe while participating in Allen's funeral service.
He will be laid to rest in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp, Ohio.
Memorials may be mailed directly to Grace Point Church of the Nazarene 8611 Mayhew Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46835
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Flowers and other tributes may be delivered directly to the church on Thursday from 9 am to 10 am.
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