James Stark

Posted 5/20/20

KANSAS — James Robert Stark, 91, of Kansas, passed away at 8 a.m. Monday, May 18, 2020, at the family farm where he was born. He was a retired farmer.

Private burial is in Pleasant Hill …

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James Stark

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KANSAS — James Robert Stark, 91, of Kansas, passed away at 8 a.m. Monday, May 18, 2020, at the family farm where he was born. He was a retired farmer.

Private burial is in Pleasant Hill Cemetery and a public memorial service will be announced at a later date. Templeton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Stark was born Nov. 1, 1928, at Kansas, the son of the late Robert Summerhill and Irene Pinnell Stark. He married Clara Gibbons June 5, 1954, at Chandler, Ariz., and she preceded him in death Nov. 22, 2003.

Survivors include three daughters, Melinda (Scott) Tillinghast of San Diego, Calif., Judy Stark of Kansas and Lisa Stark (Trisha Ramirez) of Tempe, Ariz.; seven grandchildren, Scott Tillinghast and James (Susana) Tillinghast both of San Diego, Lesley (Anthony) Arambula of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Angela (Rob) Rarrick, Anthony Vere, David Stark and Kevin Stark all of Phoenix, Ariz.; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Stark; and a sister, Anne Morris.

Mr. Stark was a graduate of Kansas High School. A talented and competitive athlete, he was proud of having played on the Kansas basketball team that defeated Paris High School’s 1947 State Championship team.

After high school, he played minor league baseball, turning down two offers from the Chicago Cubs in order to enlist in the Korean War era U.S. Air Force. He was a member of Kansas Christian Church, Kansas Lodge #280 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, AASR Valley of Danville, Kansas Order of the Eastern Star and American Legion Coral Hall Post #539.

Memorial donations may be made to Pleasant Hill Christian Church.

Online condolences at www.templetonfuneralhome.com.