Gary L. Starks

November 22, 1944March 18, 2014
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Gary L. Starks

69, passed away peacefully at home on March 18, 2014.Gary was born in Beech Grove, Indiana on November 22, 1944. He graduated from Beech Grove High School in 1962 and went on to graduate from Purdue University in 1968. He married the love of his life Pamela Kay on January 27, 1968. Gary taught and coached at New Palestine High School for 37 years. He loved coin collecting, antiquing, taking pictures and videos, gardening, coaching and watching his grandchildren play sports, He loved watching his Boilermakers play football, Nascar and Indy Car Racing. Gary was a member of Indian Creek Christian Church in Indianapolis and sat on the Board of Directors for the Olivet Foundation. One of gary's greatest loves was Camp Olivet.

Gary is survived by his wife Pam, Children; Dee Dee (Ryan) Horen, Donna (Jim) Kelly, Curtis Starks and his fianc'ee Bethany. He was Papaw to Jessica, Cameron, Brenna, Emily, Nathan, Zachary and Rylan. He is also survived by his mother, Lucille Starks-Dennis and brother, David Alan Starks. He was preceded in death by his father, Orion Lee Starks.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 23, 2014 from 2:00 - 6:00 Little and Sons funeral home Stop 11 chapel. Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 24, 2014 at Indian Creek Christian Church in Indianapolis at 10:30 a.m. with visitation at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

In leiu of flowers, please make donations to the Olivet Foundation. Checks can be made out to: Olivet Foundation Inc. C/O Roger Walter 7935 Farina Way Indianapolis, IN. 46259

Arrangements under the direction of Little & Sons Funeral Home, Indianapolis, IN.


  • Visitation Sunday, March 23, 2014
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 24, 2014

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Ronald smock

May 11, 2014

My deepest condolences to Curtis and family smocks.

Jeff Ramsey

April 15, 2014

Mr. Starks was one of my favorite teachers at NPHS. He could relate to the students but also acted as a mentor and a very caring person. I hated to hear about his passing. A wonderful person.

Jeff Ramsey Class of 84

Mark Highsmith

April 10, 2014

My memories of Gary are quite colorfull. I remember at a sock hop one Friday he caught me with a girl from another school in a car in the parking lot. To say the least I wasn't to happy about it but I was probably 15 or 16 years old so he did me a favor. I remember him standing on one end of the football sled and having to push it in a compete circle (called a 360) He was not a small man and I had the weakest guy on my team helping me so he thought it was funny and really worked us hard. I took power mechanics and drafting from him and he taught us that it was a good path to being a success working with your hands instead of pushing papers behind a desk. I valued my time with him and can only say that it brings a smile to my face to think of ( Mr. Starks) Class of 1979

Jeremy Large

March 29, 2014

Great memories teaching with Gary! I always checked my schedule in August to see if I would have lunch with Gary. If I didn't have lunch with him, I tried to get it changed... Hanging out with Gary just made your day better. So many stories, jokes and laughs. Gary was a friend and a mentor. His legacy lives on in all those he touched as a Husband, Father, Grandfather, Teacher and Coach. That's what a great life is all about.

Eddie Acree

March 29, 2014

The loss of your beloved husband is a loss to literally thousands of students Gary had over the many years he taught at New Pal. I remember at one of our class reunions he told me he had kept some small item I had made in one of his classes. He even told me what it was. It made me realize how much his students meant to him.

Jan Lynam

March 28, 2014

Dear Starks Family,
Mr. Starks was a favorite teacher at New Pal. He was always cheerful and encouraging with his words. I remember calling him "Gentle Ben" when the girls were born-we considered them his cubs. A great person in so many ways. Peace be with you.


March 28, 2014

I learned of Gary's passing through a relative of mine who lives in Indianapolis. I used to babysit your daughters when you lived next door to us on Hickory Road in Wanamaker. I can remember his smile to this day! Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Sandy (Morgan - maiden name)

Matthew Lanham

March 28, 2014

Mrs. Starks and family,
I was able to be a student of Mr. Starks from 1990-1994, He was a great teacher that made sure class was fun yet educational...... I am very sorry for your loss of a Great Man.

Della Suits

March 27, 2014

I had the pleasure to work with Gary as the ISTEP Instructional tutor. He was always a wonderful role model for the students. My deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time. May God bless you all. Della Suits

Mike Coons

March 26, 2014

Pam & Family - So sorry we could not make it to the showing or funeral. But Gary has been in our thoughts and prayers. We will always remember him for his quick smile, laugh and gentle manner. Our prayers will continue for you all, and our hope that God wraps you in His loving arms and you find comfort there.
Mike & Janet Coons and family