Bill G. Starks was born January 23, 1931 on the family farm near Manchester, Oklahoma, son of Leonadis Frances Starks and Myrtle Marie (Pearson) Starks. He attended school at Ferguson and Victory country schools before finishing grade school at Lincoln School in Anthony. He graduated from Anthony High School in 1949. During high school Bill worked on the family farm and enjoyed playing billiards.
On July 12, 1949, Bill was united in marriage with Elizabeth “Betty Rae” Patterson at Freeport, Kansas. This union was blessed with four children: Katherine, David, Michael, and Patrick.
After marrying, Bill farmed, milked, fed calves and pigs, worked at the boiler plant, the service station car wash, as a seismograph shooter, cattle trader, car salesman, night policeman in Harper, sold dressed beef, and was a cattle order buyer. He eventually found his passion when he became a self-taught auctioneer. He worked at Livestock companies in Winfield, Medicine Lodge, Cherokee, Blackwell, Anthony, Harper, and Kiowa. He and Betty Rae worked together in the auction and real estate business selling land, machinery, furniture, and various other items at auction. They were the first to hold a land sell inside rather than on the ground.
Bill was a member of the Church of Christ in Anthony. He was a talented singer and sang all over the area with his karaoke equipment. He and Betty Rae sang many duets at church, funerals, and local events. He always enjoyed a game of horseshoes, golf, or bowling.
Bill was a man of great pride, dignity, and respect. Everything he did throughout his life he did to the best of his abilities. He was a loving and devoted husband and father, and a very proud grandpa, great-grandpa, and great-great grandpa.
On August 27, 2022, Bill passed away at Anthony Community Care Center at the age of 91. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Don and Lon; sister, Shirley Olivier; and great-granddaughter, Sarah Faith Schmidt.
Bill will be deeply missed by his wife of 73 years, Betty Rae Starks; his children: Katherine Westmoland and husband, Ron, David Starks, Mich Starks, and Patrick Starks and wife, Litha; two granddaughters: Laura Barkley and Barbie Schmidt; 7 great-grandchildren: Jason Brown, Zachary Brown and wife, Shelby, Casey Grimaldo and husband, Adan, Lanae Cupps and fiancé, Tyler Kaus, Leslie Brown, Donavan Jabara, Emma Grace Schmidt; 12 great-great grandchildren: Connor Brown, Bridget Brown, Cameron Brown, Kayne Foxworthy, Max Brown, Aurelius Brown, Azriela Grimaldo, Adan Grimaldo Jr., Tohias Grimaldo, Laila Rae Grimaldo, Trenton Jessup, and Adalyn Jessup; and a host of other relatives and many friends.
Funeral service was held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 1, 2022 at the Church of Christ in Anthony with Mr. John Hamm officiating. David Hodson served as song leader for congregational hymns “Heaven Came Down” and “I’ll Fly Away.”
Burial followed in Forest Park Cemetery, Anthony, Kansas. Casket bearers were David Starks, Mich Starks, Pat Starks, Ron Westmoland, Jason Brown, and Zachary Brown.
Memorials in memory of Bill may be made to the Church of Christ and can be sent in care of Prairie Rose Funeral Home, 602 E. Main St., Anthony, KS 67003.