OBITUARY

William J. Starrs Jr.

July 6, 1946September 23, 2020
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William J. Starrs, age 74, passed away on September 23, 2020. Beloved husband of Suzanne Rose Starrs; cherished father of Bill (Melissa) Starrs and Moni (Jason) Ledtke; proud grandfather of William Starrs, Andrew Starrs, Ace Ledtke and Sam Ledtke.

William was a talented tenor and sang in many choirs. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping, hiking, cycling, and cross country skiing. He was an engineer for General Motors for 35 years; supervising the materials laboratory. William was a proud alumnus of the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and the University of Detroit. He was a proud and dedicated father; spending time with his family and children was always his top priority. Throughout his battle with Alzheimer’s, he maintained his positive outlook and his constant smile.

The family will greet friends at Resurrection Funeral Home, 40800 Hayes Road, on Saturday, September 26th from 2:00pm until 9:00pm. Funeral mass Monday, September 28th at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 40501 Hayes Road, 9:00am instate, until the time of mass at 9:30am. William will be laid to rest at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Roseville, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in William’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Association.

In accordance with state and local mandates, social distancing and a face covering both inside and outside the funeral home is required. The funeral home will be open for visitation, with a limit of 10 people at a time. There will also be an area outside for guests to gather. We appreciate your compliance and understanding.

Due to COVID-19, a luncheon in William’s honor will not take place at this time. A celebration of life will take place at a future time and date. Again, of behalf of the family, we would like to thank you for your cooperation and compliance during this difficult time.

  • FAMILY

  • Suzanne Rose Starrs, Wife
  • Bill (Melissa) Starrs, Son
  • Moni (Jason) Ledtke, Daughter
  • William Starrs, Grandchild
  • Andrew Starrs, Grandchild
  • Ace Ledtke, Grandchild
  • Sam Ledtke, Grandchild

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Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, September 26, 2020

  • Instate

    Monday, September 28, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, September 28, 2020

  • Burial

    Monday, September 28, 2020

Memories

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Frank Brady

October 4, 2020

I was a classmate with Bill at U of D High and carpooled with Bill to the High. I saw Bill at our 50th reunion at the High in 2014. We miss our fellow Cubs !

Frank Brady
Class 1964

Enclosed is a picture of Pam and me selling papers for the Detroit Goodfellows in December 2019 at the Penobscot Building in Detroit.

Brian Downey

September 27, 2020

I never knew that Bill was a fellow Cub! He was an wonderful member of the St. Michael choir.

Carrie Orlando

September 26, 2020

I will always remember Bill’s kindness and perception. I hold close the memories of dinners and sharing vacation stories. His laughter betrayed how much he enjoyed life and how he saw it to be such a gift. We loved when he would stop by while riding his bike just to say, “hello”. His beautiful tenor voice was such a blessing to so many and we loved to hear him sing with the love of his life, Sue. His obvious devotion to and love of his family is an example to emulate. We have missed his presence as he slowly left us, but believe he stands before his God fully healed. Our prayers are with you all in this time of grief.

Elaine Schuster

September 26, 2020

Bill was a bright light in the world. His smile was precious. His voice was wonderful as he sang with us in choir at St. Michaels. He was kind and sweet and will be missed greatly.❤️

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1 Year Old

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At the Beach 1947

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Baby WJSJr

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Toddler

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Mother's Day 1948

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1 Year Old

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At the Beach 1947

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Baby WJSJr

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Toddler

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Mother's Day 1948

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Family with Sr. Carol

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August 22, 1969

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Playing chess with William

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50th Wedding Anniversary

Biography

William J. Starrs, age 74, passed away on September 23, 2020. Beloved husband of Suzanne Rose Starrs; cherished father of Bill (Melissa) Starrs and Moni (Jason) Ledtke; proud grandfather of William Starrs, Andrew Starrs, Ace Ledtke and Sam Ledtke.

William was a talented tenor and sang in many choirs. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping, hiking, cycling, and cross country skiing. He was an engineer for General Motors for 35 years; supervising the materials laboratory. William was a proud alumnus of the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and the University of Detroit. He was a proud and dedicated father; spending time with his family and children was always his top priority. Throughout his battle with Alzheimer’s, he maintained his positive outlook and his constant smile.

The family will greet friends at Resurrection Funeral Home, 40800 Hayes Road, on Saturday, September 26th from 2:00pm until 9:00pm. Funeral mass Monday, September 28th at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 40501 Hayes Road, 9:00am instate, until the time of mass at 9:30am. William will be laid to rest at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Roseville, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in William’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Association.

In accordance with state and local mandates, social distancing and a face covering both inside and outside the funeral home is required. The funeral home will be open for visitation, with a limit of 10 people at a time. There will also be an area outside for guests to gather. We appreciate your compliance and understanding.

Due to COVID-19, a luncheon in William’s honor will not take place at this time. A celebration of life will take place at a future time and date. Again, of behalf of the family, we would like to thank you for your cooperation and compliance during this difficult time.

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