George David Stark
July 9, 1936 – July 18, 2019
G. David Stark “Dave”, died peacefully at North Kansas City Hospital surrounded by his family on July 18th, 2019.
Visitation will be at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Gladstone, Missouri on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:30 AM.
Dave was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 9th, 1936 to George F. and Eunice (Thomas) Stark. The family moved to Kansas City in 1940 where Dave graduated from North Kansas City High School in 1954, and later graduated from Rockhurst College in 1958. He was an Army veteran stationed in France. His career was spent primarily in book sales and manufacturing at Interstate Book Manufacturing Company. He married Mary Ann Rush in May 1959, and they remained devoted to each other for over sixty years. Dave was a solid example of a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife Mary Ann, his five children and spouses: Paul, Steve (Patti), John (Jeana), Matthew (Kathleen) Stark, and daughter Christine Fuss (Bill), and his six grandchildren who will miss him dearly: Melissa Harper (Jason), Caroline, Sarahjane, and Joseph Fuss, Julie Stark, and David Stark, and great grand-son Jaxon Harper. He leaves behind his sisters: Janet DeMayo and Joyce (Bill) Federhofer. His retirement years were busy with his hobbies which included gardening, attending garage sales, collecting antiques, running his antique booth in the River Market, traveling, and family get-togethers. He volunteered at the Food Pantry at Saint Charles, and enjoyed his time volunteering with Youth Friends for over fifteen years where he tutored elementary students, and shared his love of books.
The family kindly requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Bishop Sullivan Center or Saint Charles Borromeo Church.
- Mary Ann Stark, Wife
- Paul Stark, Son
- Steve (Patti) Stark, Son
- John (Jeana) Stark, Son
- Matthew (Kathleen) Stark, Son
- Christine (Bill) Fuss, Daughter
- Melissa (Jason) Harper, Granddaughter
- Caroline Fuss, Granddaughter
- Sarahjane Fuss, Granddaughter
- Joseph Fuss, Grandson
- Julie Stark, Granddaughter
- David Stark, Grandson
- Jaxon Harper, Great Grandson
- Janet DeMayo, Sister
- Joyce (Bill) Federhofer, Sister
- Bishop Sullivan Center
- Saint Charles Borromeo Church
- Visitation Wednesday, July 24, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, July 24, 2019
- Committal Service Wednesday, July 24, 2019
George David Stark
Simon, Inge, Thijmen and Tibbe Schoonen
July 22, 2019
Yesterday we received John's call about his father passing away.
When I was 15 (33 years ago) I spent a year at John and Jeana' home and always I was welcomed at Dave and Mary-Ann's family home. Always with humor, always full if stories. Years ago Inge and I were lucky to spend an evening in Nijmegen with Dave and Mary-Ann when they were travelling on a river cruise in Europe. They were always willing to learn about other cultures.
Our condoleances go out to all of you having to deal with the hole he will be leaving behind. I am greatful for the open mind they have been teaching to their family and am proud to have been and be part of your family. Although that has been way back in 1989 I still feel very connected to the Starks.
A big hug from The Netherlands for you Mary-Ann!
Simon, Inge and our two sons Thijmen and Tibbe.
Anna Kopriva Lopez
July 21, 2019
We were so blessed to have known Mr. Stark. Starting kindergarten was difficult for my oldest boy, and Mr. Stark would go to the cafeteria and visit him. This (and the fruit snacks he gave him) brought a great deal of comfort to my boy. I know they made a strong connection because every July 9th my boy would say, “Today is Mr. Stark’s birthday”. He was a bright shining light at school and always did God’s good work with genuine kindness. I send my condolences to the family for their loss and pray “Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen”.
July 19, 2019
Mr. Stark was a wonderful Youth Friend. He and I worked together for many years at Chapel Hill, and he stayed with me when I moved to Clardy Elementary this year. My students and I looked forward to seeing him each week. He always shared a kind smile and positive, caring attitude that carried many students through difficult situations. I appreciated his willingness to try anything—even working with small groups of kindergartners! He touched many lives, young and old, through his commitment to volunteering at school. I am blessed to have known him.