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December 2, 2013

Clarence Melvin Starbuck

Clarence Melvin Starbuck, 85, Indianapolis, passed away with his family by his bedside Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Indianapolis. He was born Aug. 19, 1928, in Burrows, to Clarence Starbuck and wife Myrtle (Gibson).

He was one of nine children. He attended school in Camden and joined the army in 1946 and served one year in Korea. After serving his country, he came home and married his sweetheart Helen Joan Pearson on June 5, 1948. Clarence and Joan had four children. Clarence was a supervisor at Brown Rubber and then employed with Wolf Construction for more than 40 years. He also was a member of the Laborers Union for more than 50 years. Clarence loved to fix anything that was broken. After retiring he helped local farmers and construction companies. He also helped his sons build their homes.

For 15 years, Clarence and Helen spent their winters around Kissimmee, Fla. He spent his days playing euchre, shuffle board and horseshoes. He also spent time riding his bike. While down in Florida he picked up golf at the age of 72. Anything Clarence did he did to perfection. He became a champion at horseshoes, shuffle board and in his golf league. He also enjoyed looking after the love of his life no matter where their journey took them.

During the last year, Clarence moved into the Neal home. He enjoyed his time spent here. While living at the Neal home Clarence took part in field trips, playing cards and socializing. He also participated in what he called “old people” exercises.

Clarence was a kind and gentle person. Everyone he met knew what a wonderful and selfless person he was upon meeting him. While he may not be with us physically, here on earth, he continues to be an inspiration to his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Joan; daughter, Nancy Fazzino and husband Frank; sons, Ed Starbuck and wife Mary, Jeffery Starbuck and wife Ann, and Tom Starbuck and wife Terri; four sisters, Viola Simmons, Sara Lane, Helen Van Lanningham and Beverly Bartunek; brother, Jim Starbuck; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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