Alvie ‘Al’ Starkey, 56, of Herreid, S.D.
Al was born July 11, 1956, in Concordia, Kan., the son of Walter and Norma (McKellips) Starkey. He was raised and educated in Clyde, Kan. Al graduated from high school in Clyde. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during Vietnam. Al came to the Herreid area as a custom combiner in 1978.
He met Marlene Kay Kost and they were married on Aug. 4, 1979, in Mound City, S.D. Following their marriage, they lived in Herreid where he was a well known chef/cook. They owned and operated the Cattlemen’s Grill in Herreid for six years. Al also worked as a cook at other restaurants in the area. Since 2007 they have traveled between Minneapolis, Minn., and Herreid.
Al was a member of the Herreid Volunteer Fire department and First Reformed Church. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking, gardening, Facebook and spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Marlene, Herreid; one son, Travis Starkey and special friend, Lakota, Herreid; three daughters and sons-in-law, Faith and Jay Freshour, Loretto, Minn., Heather and Chad Bidwell, Blaine, Minn., and Kimberly Starkey and Scott Williams, St. Louis Park, Minn.; seven grandchildren, Aalyiah, Meadow and River Freshour, Riley and Samuel Bidwell, Rhys Starkey and Noah Williams; his mother, Norma (Roland) Crays, Tobias, Neb.; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Maggie and Bruce Graham, Tobias, Pam and Brian Lauritsen, Munden, Kan., and Mary Snavely, Concordia, Kan., mother-inlaw, Irene Kost, Herreid and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Walter; brother, Samuel Starkey; stepmother, Jean Starkey; his grandparents; his father-in-law, Adam Kost and a niece, Sandy.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at First Reformed Church, Herreid, with the Rev. Jimmy Hall officiating. Organist was Sonja Anderson. Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art.”
Casketbearers were Clinton Kost, Rick Delzer, Mike Lacher, Jack Lacher, Dale Deibert, Riley Bidwell, Pius Lacher Jr. and David Schumacher.
Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at the Myers Funeral Home website, www.myersfh.com