OBITUARY

Michael J. Stark Sr.

August 17, 1950November 11, 2020
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Michael J. Stark Sr., 70, of New Albany, Indiana passed away November 11, 2020 at Baptist Health Floyd. He was born on August 17, 1950 in Louisville, Kentucky to the late John William and Lucille Bishop Stark. He was a United States Army Veteran and retired from Paradise Foods. He was a bourbon connoisseur, member of Friends of the Trace and Makers Mark.

In addition to his parents, John and Lucille Stark as well as Earl Hack and Rita Hack Curtsinger he is preceded in death by a brother, Donald Thornton.

Michael is survived by his wife, Paula Flint Stark; children, Michael Stark Jr., Emily Stark and Lindsay Matthews; grandchildren, Brooklynn, Liam, Ella and Mia Stark and Brecken Matthews; siblings, Jerry (Kathy) Thornton, Bobby (Leta) Hack, Doug Hack, Denise Buskill, Cyndi (Robert) McCullough and Brenda (John) Parker; and a host of nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.

Public visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at Kraft Funeral Service, 2776 Charlestown Road. Funeral Services will be private but will be livestreamed on Facebook Live at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, November 16, 2020 at www.facebook.com/kraftfuneral. Entombment will follow in Kraft Graceland Memorial Park.

Expressions of sympathy are suggested to Floyd County Animal Rescue League.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 15, 2020

  • Live Stream Funeral Service

    Monday, November 16, 2020

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OTHER SERVICES:

  • Entombment

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Phil Duvall

November 16, 2020

Paula, Mike Jr., Emily, Lindsey, extended family, and the Roadie brotherhood,

Mike was a dear friend and brother. Nobody embraced the brotherhood we all had more passionately than Mike. He will be remembered as a father, brother, friend and all around great guy. His love of music, as was the case with many of the Roadies, was a big part of his life and it bound many of us together for all these years. May he rest in peace and watch over us. He will not be forgotten.

Darlene Arcuri (former Curlee)

November 15, 2020

Paula, the children and all family. It is always hard to find words to give comfort or to sooth such grief for you and your family at this sad time from the loss of Mike. I hope that in time your loving memories of Mike will help to sustain you.

I remember he loved to play guitar. My interaction came later in his life's time-line - after I married Gary Curlee. A time when your circle of friends gathered during the summer and the men played softball. While I was a relative outsider because of my later entry, I observed great friendship among the men and there spouses or partners. On one occasion, everyone gathered at a park for a picnic and Mike and several others played guitars. Mike seemed to be in his element. It was a wonderful jam session.

Carollynn Hall

November 15, 2020

Once upon a time Mike and Little Luke spent a lot of Sunday’s watching football with us on Hollywood Blvd. I also had the pleasure of working with him at Paradise. One thing I can say for sure…Mike knew his pizza sauce. I’m inserting a photo of one of Mike’s other favorite hangouts from the past. He did love his music. I recall singing Hotel California with him one day. We both knew all the words. It was cool. I miss Mike Stark. May he now be lifted on eagle’s wings to the peace only God can deliver.

Alyssa Smith

November 15, 2020

Paula, Michael, Emily, and Lindsay-
I will always remember Mike for his love of classic rock music, a great drink in hand, and his love for all of you.
He always acknowledged me when I saw him, and had a smile on his face.
I pray for you, and send you lots of hugs.

Love,
Alyssa

Julie Hack

November 15, 2020

Too many memories to mention. Some of the best included good friends, cold beer and great music and fun! One of the best was seeing Greg Allman at Toy Tiger with Mike and Doug sitting about 5 feet from him. Awesome! I hold those memories close to my heart. I know this loss is awful but God has relieved him from his suffering. Keeping you Paula and the kids in my thoughts and prayers. Love you guys, Julie

Malcolm Lacy

November 14, 2020

Mike loved the Allman Brothers Band and he really took one of their songs to heart: "Wasted Words"....he truly wasted none....of course with my loud mouth, he didn't have much of an opportunity to say a whole lot. I and a bunch of his friends, and of course his family have lost a truly unique and compassionate person, and so to reference another ABB song, I hope to see him one of these days up there in that "Blue Sky".
So long " Luke", and prayers for you and your family.

Margie Milligan

November 14, 2020

So sorry for your loss. With sincerest sympathy and all our love.

Mark&Margie

Phil Milliner

November 13, 2020

Mike, never had to guess what was on your mind, which is a great trait to have!! Say hello to couple other Roadies for us. Praying for you and family, you will be missed my friend!!

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