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James Stark

September 05, 2019

James H Stark, age 89, of Norwalk, passed away peacefully Thursday evening, September 5, 2019 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born March 19, 1930 in Norwalk to the late Marion M and Rachel (Smith) Stark. He was a 1948 graduate of Norwalk High School and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. He was a partner with his father and brother at the former Modern Market and founded Stark’s Sanitary Service in 1971, which continues as a family business now operated by his grandson, Ty Keefer. He enjoyed traveling extensively, over 46 states and 38 countries including the Arctic and Antarctica. He was an avid collector of clocks, Norwalk memorabilia, antiques and restoring his 1930 Model A Ford pick-up. He was an advisory board member for 60 years at the Norwalk Salvation Army and was a member of the Elks and Eagles Clubs. He was also active with the Huron County Heritage board of directors, Shakespeare Club and morning coffee club at Berry’s.

He is survived by his wife to whom he married in 1997, Reta Stark of Norwalk; daughter, Linda Keefer of Norwalk; son, Jack (Mary) Stark of Oklahoma City, OK; step-daughters, Ann (Rob) Renau and Amy (Paul) Muska; step-son, Keith (Kirsten) Leimbach; grandchildren, Ty (Abby) Keefer, Kail (Mark) Shope, Travis (Ksenia) Stark, Kelsey (Michael) D’Emilio, Nathan Muska, Hannah Muska, Addison Renau, Luke Leimbach, Jack Leimbach and Sofia Leimbach; great-grandchildren, Alex (Maddi) Keefer, Ian Keefer, Zach Keefer, Greg Keefer, Eli Keefer, Haley Shope and Drew Shope; and his sister, Jane Hoffman of Norwalk.


He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Betty (Chapman) Stark in 1994; and his son-in-law, Greg Keefer in 2009; and brother, Bob Stark in 2018.

Friends may call on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. at the Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main Street, Norwalk. Also, Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 10:00 A.M. until time of service at 11:00 A.M. at the First Presbyterian Church, 21 Firelands Blvd, Norwalk with the Revs. Clair Brewer and James Hodsden officiating. Burial will follow at Hester Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Salvation Army, 55 Whittlesey Avenue Norwalk, OH 44857 or Answering the Call Together, Inc., P.O. Box 564, Norwalk, OH 44857 or Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.

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James H Stark, age 89, of Norwalk, passed away peacefully Thursday evening, September 5, 2019 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born March 19, 1930 in Norwalk to the late Marion M and Rachel (Smith) Stark. He was a 1948 graduate of Norwalk High School and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. He was a partner with his father and brother at the former Modern Market and founded Stark’s Sanitary Service in 1971, which continues as a family business now operated by his grandson, Ty Keefer. He enjoyed traveling extensively, over 46 states and 38 countries including the Arctic and Antarctica. He was an avid collector of clocks, Norwalk memorabilia, antiques and restoring his 1930 Model A Ford pick-up. He was an advisory board member for 60 years at the Norwalk Salvation Army and was a member of the Elks and Eagles Clubs. He was also active with the Huron County Heritage board of directors, Shakespeare Club and morning coffee club at Berry’s.

He is survived by his wife to whom he married in 1997, Reta Stark of Norwalk; daughter, Linda Keefer of Norwalk; son, Jack (Mary) Stark of Oklahoma City, OK; step-daughters, Ann (Rob) Renau and Amy (Paul) Muska; step-son, Keith (Kirsten) Leimbach; grandchildren, Ty (Abby) Keefer, Kail (Mark) Shope, Travis (Ksenia) Stark, Kelsey (Michael) D’Emilio, Nathan Muska, Hannah Muska, Addison Renau, Luke Leimbach, Jack Leimbach and Sofia Leimbach; great-grandchildren, Alex (Maddi) Keefer, Ian Keefer, Zach Keefer, Greg Keefer, Eli Keefer, Haley Shope and Drew Shope; and his sister, Jane Hoffman of Norwalk.


He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Betty (Chapman) Stark in 1994; and his son-in-law, Greg Keefer in 2009; and brother, Bob Stark in 2018.

Friends may call on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. at the Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main Street, Norwalk. Also, Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 10:00 A.M. until time of service at 11:00 A.M. at the First Presbyterian Church, 21 Firelands Blvd, Norwalk with the Revs. Clair Brewer and James Hodsden officiating. Burial will follow at Hester Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Salvation Army, 55 Whittlesey Avenue Norwalk, OH 44857 or Answering the Call Together, Inc., P.O. Box 564, Norwalk, OH 44857 or Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.

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Brian and Maria Renau Perusek

Seven Hills, OH, USA
September 09, 2019

Dearest Reta and Family, We enjoyed all of the family holidays and gatherings we had together. Our thoughts are with you and we are so sorry for your loss. Maria and Brian

Ralph Vogel

Norwalk, OH, United States
September 08, 2019

Please accept my condolences.

Fred and Sue Boose

September 07, 2019

Thinking of you and sending our condolences.

Jason Barnett

Avon Lake, OH, United States
September 07, 2019

He was an outstanding man. He taught me so much in life. He was an excellent role model in the community, and steward of Christ. God Bless his family in this time of reflection.

Jeannie and Brian Snay and Jeanette Adelman

Arcadia, IN, United States
September 07, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss. Jim was a good man. Our prayers go out to all of his family and friends.

Megan Carr

Indianapolis, IN
September 06, 2019

Reta,
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Much love.

Bernie Kessler

New Washington, OH, United States
September 06, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. He touched so many lives, including ours, more than you realize.
Bernie, Nancy and Tom Kessler

Capt Denise Martin

Indiana, PA, USA
September 06, 2019

Rita, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. May You feel God’s comforting arms around you!

Phillis and Dean Hales

Norwalk, OH, USA
September 06, 2019

So sorry for for loss..our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.