OBITUARY

Franklin D. Starkweather, Sr.

August 26, 1935September 30, 2021
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Franklin D. Starkweather, Sr.,

86, of Indianapolis departed this life Thursday, September 30, 2021. Frank was born on August 26, 1935 in Warsaw, Indiana to the late Kenneth Starkweather & Mary Jane Jefferis (Starkweather). Frank was raised by his devoted mother and Charles (Peck) Jefferis. He joined the Indiana National Guard prior to graduating from high school. He served two years as a traditional Guardsman before going fulltime. After becoming a full-timer, he served in several different positions and locations, retiring after 42 years in uniform as a Chief Warrant Officer 4.

Frank was appointed a “Sagamore of the Wabash” by former Indiana Governor Evan Bayh, at the same time he was appointed by the Assistant Secretary of Defense to serve as a member of the Indiana Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for an additional six years.

He was an Advisor and Board Member for the Sagamore Federal Credit Union, a longtime member of Lion’s International, the American Legion and Elks Lodge. He was also a longtime and dedicated member of Abundant Harvest United Methodist Church. Frank was always first and foremost a family man, he never passed on an opportunity to be with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to make some memories. He and Carolyn often enjoyed playing golf in their retirement and helping at their church.

Frank was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Carolyn J. (Miller) Starkweather; sisters, Doris Mosher and Marilyn Blauser and brother, David Starkweather. He is survived by his devoted children, Cindy (Greg) McLochlin of Carmel, IN and Frank (Pamela) Starkweather, Jr. of Winona Lake, IN; dear grandchildren, Kristy (Stephen) Simpson of Indianapolis, Kyle (Natasha) Starkweather of Leesburg, IN, Matt (Abby Rondot) McLochlin of Denver, CO and Cory (Ashley) Starkweather of Warsaw, IN; beloved great-grandchildren, Breckin, Olivia, Rylan, Aleena and Zoey and sister, Dixie Starkweather.

Visitation will begin at 12:30 pm on Thursday, October 7th at Leppert Mortuary – Nora Chapel at 740 E. 86th Street in Indianapolis and conclude when services begin at 2:30 pm. Graveside services will begin at 12:00 noon on Friday, October 8th at Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw, IN. The family has requested that masks to be worn at the Leppert Nora Chapel. Masks will be available at the mortuary.

Memorial contributions are suggested in Frank’s name to Abundant Harvest United Methodist Church in Indianapolis or to Indianapolis Pike Township Lions Club. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.leppertmortuarynora.com for the Starkweather family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 7, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, October 7, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, October 8, 2021

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William Mohler

October 7, 2021

My thoughts and Prayers for the family. I had a ton of respect for Frank, he sure helped me out a lot when I was full time at division armory in Indy. Frank was a well respected man and Officer.

Ronald Warner

October 7, 2021

I have only fond memories of Frank and I will miss him so very much. We grew up together, were the best of friends since early childhood, and shared many experiences and adventures while growing up. Frank was as solid as a rock physically and mentally and was of impeccable character. He was kind hearted to the highest degree and would go the extra mile in helping friends and even people he didn't really even know that well in any way he could.

Through his career of service with the Indiana National Guard, his promotions through the ranks and finally as a Chief Warrant Officer, Frank touched the lives and gained the respect of thousands of fellow guardsmen over the years.

In short, Frank was one of the best and one of the greatest in so many ways.

So good bye for now dear friend, I look forward to seeing you again on the other side.

DAN & ROSEMARIE Warren

October 6, 2021

Cindy and Frank Jr. Our sympathy goes out to you and your families. Frank and Carolyn were a great couple. They will be missed by everyone.

Kristy Simpson

October 5, 2021

Karen Snyder

October 5, 2021

Always enjoyed being with Uncle Frank and will miss him a great deal! We always shared family memories, updates and he was not hesitant in letting us know his latest golf outings. Him and Aunt Carolyn spoiled us each time we visited. There love and devotion to family was a true blessing. We sincerely share our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family.

Love,
Steve, Karen & family

Paul Simpson

October 5, 2021

Grandpa Frank was a very special man and Jan and I felt so fortunate that out of Kristy’s relationship with Stephen our families bonded across two continents and we got to spend such special times with Frank and Carolyn. We were privileged to have hosted Frank and Carolyn in South Africa at Stephen and Kristy’s wedding and that he welcomed Stephen so readily into the American family made it all the easier for us to see him settle there and eventually for Frank to see him become an American citizen.
My road trips to Logansport with him are forever in my memories as we discovered a shared enjoyment of “Smelt” and journeyed quite far just for a lunch, although he never shared my taste for craft beers in quite the same way!
We are sad that we cannot be with you for the services but will be there in spirit and our thoughts are especially with Cindy, Frank Jnr and the family.
Love to all the family friends.
Paul and Jan
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Mindy Owens

October 5, 2021

I met Frank the years ago when I began cleaning for him and Carolyn I feel in love with them both and when Carolyn passed me and Frank became very close he was like a dad to me always giving advice to me going to eat and talking golf it seemed boring to me but he assured me it was the best. Frank was the definition of a great man if all were like him the world would be a better place I will miss Frank but I will treasure all our talks and our times together .

Harold Holen

October 4, 2021

I served many years with Frank as a fellow staff officer or as his commander.
Frank was the consummate professional soldier.
I have always appreciated being able to serve many years with Frank.

COL Harold R Holen AUS (Ret)

Terry Lamberson

October 3, 2021

I have known Frank for many years working together in the Indiana National Guard. Such a respected individual. Frank, you will truly be missed. Rest In Peace my friend.

Greg McLochlin

October 3, 2021

Frank’s first words to me ever, sternly: “You need a HAIRCUT.” I started out attempting to earn his respect, and followed that path for decades, and now looking back, I’m not sure when we became freinds…. I miss both Frank and Carolyn so much……

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Grandpa and Grandma great grandchildren Aleena, Olivia, Rylan and Breckin.

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Biography

Franklin D. Starkweather, Sr.,

86, of Indianapolis departed this life Thursday, September 30, 2021. Frank was born on August 26, 1935 in Warsaw, Indiana to the late Kenneth Starkweather & Mary Jane Jefferis (Starkweather). Frank was raised by his devoted mother and Charles (Peck) Jefferis. He joined the Indiana National Guard prior to graduating from high school. He served two years as a traditional Guardsman before going fulltime. After becoming a full-timer, he served in several different positions and locations, retiring after 42 years in uniform as a Chief Warrant Officer 4.

Frank was appointed a “Sagamore of the Wabash” by former Indiana Governor Evan Bayh, at the same time he was appointed by the Assistant Secretary of Defense to serve as a member of the Indiana Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for an additional six years.

He was an Advisor and Board Member for the Sagamore Federal Credit Union, a longtime member of Lion’s International, the American Legion and Elks Lodge. He was also a longtime and dedicated member of Abundant Harvest United Methodist Church. Frank was always first and foremost a family man, he never passed on an opportunity to be with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to make some memories. He and Carolyn often enjoyed playing golf in their retirement and helping at their church.

Frank was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Carolyn J. (Miller) Starkweather; sisters, Doris Mosher and Marilyn Blauser and brother, David Starkweather.

He is survived by his devoted children, Cindy (Greg) McLochlin of Carmel, IN and Frank (Pamela) Starkweather, Jr. of Winona Lake, IN; dear grandchildren, Kristy (Stephen) Simpson of Indianapolis, Kyle (Natasha) Starkweather of Leesburg, IN, Matt (Abby Rondot) McLochlin of Denver, CO and Cory (Ashley) Starkweather of Warsaw, IN; beloved great-grandchildren, Breckin, Olivia, Rylan, Aleena and Zoey and sister, Dixie Starkweather.

Visitation will begin at 12:30 pm on Thursday, October 7th at Leppert Mortuary – Nora Chapel at 740 E. 86th Street in Indianapolis and conclude when services begin at 2:30 pm. Graveside services will begin at 12:00 noon on Friday, October 8th at Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw, IN. The family has requested that masks to be worn at the Leppert Nora Chapel. Masks will be available at the mortuary.

Memorial contributions are suggested in Frank’s name to Abundant Harvest United Methodist Church in Indianapolis or to Indianapolis Pike Township Lions Club.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.leppertmortuarynora.com for the Starkweather family.