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Obituary: Starr, Jerry R.

STARR, Jerry R. (Age 71) Suffered a heart attack and passed away on January 29, 2013. Jerry will be greatly missed by his wife Margie; sister Kathryn Hammond; aunt Patricia Kingsbury; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Jerry’s passing was preceded by his mother Mary Merle Johnson, brother Cameron Johnson, stepfather Charles Johnson and grandparents Merle and Ruth Starr. Jerry attended elementary and secondary schools in Colville where he graduated in 1959. He was well known and respected by his classmates for his talent in sports, music, and extracurricular activities. Jerry was active in sports and was instrumental in taking Colville to the 1959 State Basketball Tournament. He also played trumpet in Mr. Field’s high school band, knocking the socks off an astounded concert audience by playing “Trumpeter’s Holiday” duet. Jerry’s extracurricular activities weren’t known to all, but many knew his legendary ‘57 Chevy and prowess at the makeshift drag strip by the old graveyard. Jerry loved to fly, on the ground and in the air. His passion for flying was realized as he became a pilot, instructor, and eventually a key part of Spokane Airways. Following retirement from flying, Jerry resumed his passion for classic fast cars, by restoring vintage Corvettes. He was also a great friend to his dogs. Jerry will be missed by many. An opportunity to join together in his memory is being planned and will be announced at a future date.