Walter Starr

Died: Mon., Nov. 19, 2018


Visitation

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Sat., Nov. 24, 2018
Location: First United Methodist Church


Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Nov. 24, 2018
Location: First United Methodist Church


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The Honorable Judge Walter R. Starr, 64 of Lewisville, Ohio passed away Monday, November 19, 2018, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia. He was born in Akron, Ohio, July 4, 1954, son of the late Leo Starr and Violet Scarpellini Starr.

As a young child, Walter and his family spent summers working many hard, yet enjoyable hours in the oil fields of Monroe County. Later he graduated from Akron University and then Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law. In 1979, he returned to Monroe County as a partner in the law firm of Yoss & Starr and served as an active member in UNOGAS supporting the local oil and gas industry. Appointed Monroe County Common Pleas Judge of the Probate Juvenile Division in 1991, Walter dedicated his life to helping the families of Monroe County.

His passion for helping young people continued until his retirement in 2012, due to muscular dystrophy, and then carried over to teaching his grandchildren. In them, he strived to instill the strong work ethic by which he lived. From his many years in the oil fields to his strong devotion serving his church, the First United Methodist Church of Woodsfield, and community, Judge Starr had a positive, powerful influence on many lives.

Walter is survived by his wife Lois Williamson Starr of Lewisville, step daughters Amy Ludwig Figel and Beth Ludwig (Jay) Rohal both of Caldwell, Ohio, brothers Leo David Starr of Tallmadge, Ohio, and Chris (Christine) Starr of Selineville, Ohio, and sister Rita (Richard) Young of Diamond, Ohio. He was “Grandpa Walter” to Justin, Cody, Laken, Jordan, Luke, Joseph, and Grady.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church of Woodsfield, 136 N. Main Street, Woodsfield, Ohio with Rev. David Cottrell officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Woodsfield, Ohio.

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Sharon Yoss
   Posted Mon November 19, 2018
Lois and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed talking with Walter when he first moved here. He was a nice person. Prayers for all of you.

Melissa Clemens (Gant)
   Posted Mon November 19, 2018
My condolences to the family of this wonderful man. Judge Starr helped to change my life by being an instrument of reason and good. He upheld the law with morals and justice. I can not say enough good about him. I am so sad to learn of his passing. Over the last several months I have been trying to locate him, so that I might be able to say "Thank You" for the life changing decisions he made on my behalf. Rest In Peace, Judge Starr..

Barbara Reischman
   Posted Mon November 19, 2018
My deepest sympathy to Walter's family. He was a man who embodied the very definition of integrity and honor. The world is dimmer without the light of his presence. Sending prayers for comfort to you all.

Robert Bolen
   Posted Tue November 20, 2018
My deepest condolences to Walter's family! Whether being an attorney or Judge, I always considered Walter a friend. I will miss Walter.

Penny (Ferguson) Elliott
   Posted Tue November 20, 2018
Sending our sincere sympathy to the entire family. May the peace of our Lord comfort you during this very difficult time.

kay hupp
   Posted Tue November 20, 2018
to family so sorry for your loss

John Ogden
   Posted Tue November 20, 2018
Lois and family, I was so sorry to hear of Walter's passing. He was a remarkable man, and he touched many lives. He leaves a significant legacy and will be long remembered. Please accept my condolences and sincere sympathy.

Steve and Kathy Bishop
   Posted Tue November 20, 2018
So very sorry. Thoughts and prayers.

Kerri Ogden Stollar
   Posted Tue November 20, 2018
Lois and family - I was so sorry to hear about Walter, he touched so many lives, he had such a sense of humor, may god wrap his arms around all of you and bring comfort at this difficult time - Rest In Peace Judge - you will be missed!

Richard & Barbara Ogden
   Posted Tue November 20, 2018
Lois and family - please accept our sincere condolences - You will be in our prayers at this difficult time.

Karen Elliott
   Posted Tue November 20, 2018
Lois and family -
What a blessing to have gotten to know Walter - his caring and thoughtful demeanor, his wisdom and sense of humor. "I am confident that neither death nor life . . . will separate us from the love of God." (Romans 8)
Peace to all,
Karen

Bob Icenhour
   Posted Tue November 20, 2018
Walter was a fine Gentleman and will missed by many, thoughts and prayers for your family

Trudy And Sherman Pyles
   Posted Tue November 20, 2018
Lois and family; Please accept our heartfelt condolences. May God provide comfort and strength. Judge Starr was an outstanding man. Rest In Peace.

Jeff and Valerie Casto
   Posted Tue November 20, 2018
Lois and family- I am so sorry to learn of Walter’s passing. Walter was my best friend in High School and College. Since I am also a lawyer, I will assert the attorney/client privilege on his behalf with respect to the high jinx and escapades of youth ( of which there were many ) !!!

We have lost a good and decent man, but will always retain the memories of his quick wit, zest for life and his love of both friends and family. Godspeed my old friend. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Mary eppley
   Posted Tue November 20, 2018
He was a good man he help me and my children he's a loving caring man gone to be missed

Deborah and Richard DeVitid
   Posted Tue November 20, 2018
Lois and family, we were sorry to hear of Walter's passing. He was a great mentor, a fair and compassionate man of whom many learned life long lessons. Prayers for you all.

Cheryl (Cherie Stover) Fellner
   Posted Wed November 21, 2018
Lois and Family: I want to let you all know how sorry I am to hear of your loss. Walter was a very important, loving part of your life! I know he did a lot to help the people of Monroe County, but he also did a lot to help your family! He was so easy to talk to and taught so much just through conversation! His life was full and he will always be remembered by family, friends, and the residents of Monroe County! I wish that I could be there with you all to celebrate his life and comfort you in your time of loss....please know I am there in spirit.

Dr. Terry A. Wallace
   Posted Wed November 21, 2018
It was always my privilege and pleasure to know, work with and learn from Walter Starr in the limited time we collaborated. His wisdom, advice and support were always welcome and certainly enlarged my life. I am a better person for having known him and find that I have patterned much of my life after his.

Donna Drum Parr
   Posted Wed November 21, 2018
Dear Lois and Family,
So sorry for the loss of your best friend. Sending you prayers to help heal your broke hearts. May God Bless you

James and Barbara Swisher
   Posted Wed November 21, 2018
Lois and family, Deepest sympathy in the loss of Walter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time!

William Yurgen
   Posted Thu November 22, 2018
My sincerest condolences to Walter's family and friends who count as many.

Looking back at my childhood and early adulthood, some of the best moments I remember included Walter. As adults - distance, family and work obligations prevented us from constant contact but our friendship was as true as ever each time we spoke. He never failed to make me laugh or feel his deep friendship. The world has become a little less graceful and less wise with his passing and I will miss him deeply.

To Walter - Thanks for all the laughter and joy, the good times and the times we leaned on each other. God bless you buddy.

Bill Yurgen

Mike, Julie and Corey Jones
   Posted Thu November 22, 2018
Lois and Family,

Please accept our most sincere sympathy in the passing of Walter. He was so well liked and appreciated. Our many thoughts and prayers are with you.

Helen Kay and Marc Ring
   Posted Fri November 23, 2018
Lois and Family, Please accept our heartfelt thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Walter was true to his profession and cared deeply for everyone who came before his court. He touched many lives and will be missed.

Baker & Sons Equipment Co. - John Baker
   Posted Fri November 23, 2018
Walter will be dearly missed by everyone. Those who have given of themselves will live forever in each heart they have touched. Our deepest sympathy goes out to your family in this difficult time.

Dan & Joyce Weiss
   Posted Sat November 24, 2018
Please accept out heartfelt sympathy. During this time of great loss, love, memories and prayer will comfort your hearts.

Jennifer A Sprague
   Posted Sat November 24, 2018
It was an honor and privilege caring for Walter over these years. I have never grown so close to a patient and his wife. May there be comfort in knowing that someone so special as Walter will never be forgotten and live on in all our hearts.

Sandy Dougherty Bach
   Posted Sun December 02, 2018
Lois, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. I wish you peace to bring you comfort and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

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