Dr. Lycurgus M. "Curg" Starkey

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March 13, 1928 - May 8, 2019
Born in Kansas City, MO
Resided in St. Charles, MO

  • Memorial Service: Kirkwood United Methodist Church
    • Tuesday May 14, 2019 2:30pm

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Dr. Lycurgus M. "Curg" Starkey of Saint Charles, Missouri, passed away at the age of 91 on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Loving husband of the late LaVena Starkey; beloved son of the late Lycurgus Monroe Sr. and Lois Elise Starkey; devoted father of Christopher D. Starkey and L. Mark Starkey; treasured grandfather of Ginae (Jake) O’Neill and Rolla James Starkey; and dear brother of David E. (Alice) Starkey.

Curg received his bachelor’s degree from Central Methodist University and a Master of Theology degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. He then continued his education in New York to acquire his PhD at Union Theological Seminary – Columbia University, where he studied under Reinhold Niebuhr.

Dr. Starkey began his career teaching at St. Paul School of Theology and at Swope Park UMC in Kansas City. He then spent time in Muncie, Indiana at First United Methodist Church before moving to Fort Wayne, Indiana where he merged two United Methodist Churches into one. He spent the next 15 years pastoring at Kirkwood United Methodist Church in Missouri. He then transferred to Missouri United Methodist in Columbia, Missouri before going on to become a district superintendent for the Missouri South District. After a total of 45 years in ministry, Dr. Starkey then retired in St. Louis.

Curg loved classical music and cherished attending the symphony. The outdoors held a special place in his heart and he looked forward to hiking, especially in the Colorado Rockies, where he spent time with his sons at the YMCA Camp of the Rockies in Estes Park. He hiked just about every mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park, as well as Long's Peak. He also enjoyed going to St. Louis Botanical Gardens.

Curg was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 2:30 PM at Kirkwood United Methodist Church, 201 West Adams, Kirkwood, MO 63122.

Memorial contributions may be made in Dr. Starkey’s name to Barnes-Jewish Hospital of St. Louis or to Washington University School of Medicine.

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  1. LJ May 10, 2019 at 9:25 am - Reply

    The years of our life are fleeting. Without intervention, we would all say goodbye to those we love, or they would say goodbye to us. Wonderfully, God has promised to intervene. “With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3, 4) God will destroy death and remove the pain it has caused by restoring those who have died back to life. Yes, it will be like he wiped the tears from our eyes, when we are reunited with those we love. I am very sorry for your loss.

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