September 10, 1936 – April 6, 2019
Donald E. Stark, 82, of Overland Park, KS, passed away on April 6, 2019. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 12, at the McGilley & Hoge Chapel, 8024 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS 66204; graveside services will follow the funeral at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, Olathe, KS. Visitation will be 5 -7 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, at the McGilley & Hoge Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donation checks may be made payable to: Ducks Unlimited and mailed to the funeral home.
Don was born September 10, 1936 in Kansas City, KS. He graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1954, where he was on the basketball team. He was employed with Simmons Gun Specialties for almost 60 years. In his young adult years, he was active with the Shriners. Later, he became active with, and was a big supporter of Ducks Unlimited. Don was an avid duck hunter and he loved to be in the duck blind. He recently celebrated 40 years of sobriety in AA, with the help and love of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. During those years, he inspired, encouraged and mentored many men and women, and they returned his love and support, and helped save his life. He was a committed, kind, caring and generous man, who had a feisty spirit and a wonderful, unforgettable laugh. He was a blessing in this life and his spirit will live on in the hearts of everyone whose lives he touched.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Janet; daughter, Betty; and 3 grandchildren. He is survived by 3 daughters and their husbands, Bemby and Charlie Yocum, Dot and Tim Hoyt and Merry and Cal McBride; the mother of his children, Carole Faris; 7 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 3 sister-in-laws and their husbands, and numerous nieces and nephews. We will miss him and his big heart and his sweet smile.
- Bemby Yocum and her husband, Charlie, Daughter
- Dot Hoyt and her husband, Tim, Daughter
- Merry McBride and her husband, Cal, Daughter
- Carole Faris, Mother of His Children
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Janet; daughter, Betty; and 3 grandchildren.
He is survived by 7 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 3 sister-in-laws and their husbands, and numerous nieces and nephews.
We will miss him and his big heart and his sweet smile.
- Charlie Yocum
- Cal McBride
- Tim Hoyt
- Russ Yocum
- Gregory Pender
- Larry Braddy
- Ducks Unlimited
- Visitation Thursday, April 11, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, April 12, 2019
- Interment Friday, April 12, 2019
April 12, 2019
You touched so many, especially the stubborn. My favorite memories were enjoying weekend morning with you at the 80th Street fellowship.
Ernie Simmons III
April 11, 2019
Don fell in love with Carole Simmons in high school and they married after their graduation in 1954. Carole had just won the Junior Ladies National Skeet Shooting Championship…the family was serious about shooting skeet. Their union brought Don into the Simmons family business. Don and Carole had 4 beautiful daughters, who adored them both.
He soon realized that he could have any gun he liked, as well as a trunk full of ammo. Growing up a Simmons myself included hunting or shooting skeet on most weekends. Pop, Dad, Don, Billy and I were often hunting quail…quail was the main focus until Pop bought some bottom land in LaCygne, KS, next to the State Waterfowl Reserve. After that, quail were out…we built lakes, blinds and a skeet field, set up the decoys and the rest is history. Don was hooked forever. Don and the rest of us started hunting coyotes and one morning when Don and I were hunting, we saw a coyote several yards away, but missed him. So we watched where he ran to and as we turned the corner section we saw our coyote jump up on the porch to his owner!
We hunted antelope, deer, doves and ducks with many friends like Joe Spalitto, Danny Bray, Jack Rudnay, Ed Smith, Chuck Kreiser and many others. Oh, and there were some days where we consumed a beer or two with the boys. My Dad, Don and I were pretty good at that. We all moved on from those times.
Don met Janet and it was a lasting love that rescued him from that life style and his friends at AA changed his life.
In his later years, he kept hunting with his friend Kenny Watts and his son-in-law Calvin, who made it possible for him to hunt in his poor health.
When Janet passed away, I spoke with Don and he said had a peace about her passing because he knew that she loved the Lord and was in Heaven, and that he knew when his time came, he would join her there also.
I really loved Don and he was one of the few people who still called me Butch.
April 11, 2019
On behalf of my wife, Sharon and myself, I wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy to all of the family and friends of Don Stark. Don was a magnificent human being. Don's faith, humility, kindness, unselfishness, sincerity, and even sense of humor and warm laughter, were evident to those around him. Don and I went to dinner a few months after he lost his beloved wife Jan. He was in mourning, yet prayerful, caring, sharing, humble and unselfishly thinking of others, just like the same Don I've known for many years. Don always made me feel like I was sitting with a great Spiritual advisor as well as a true friend whenever we were together because of his grasp of the things in life that really matter. Don was a man who told the truth and he was able to help many people and he was willing to share with others in many ways. Don truly was "the real deal" and was always truthful, humble and kind. Don was a giant of a man in many ways. Don set an example of how a spiritual life can be well lived. He is out of his grief now and has joined his Lord and Savior as well as his beloved Jan, family and many friends who went before him. Godspeed, my dear friend Don. We will miss you a lot.
April 10, 2019
Don and a group of us shot skeet at the Winchester Gun Club around 1966-1970 and it was a blast. We always had fun and enjoyed each other’s comradari and I feel fortunate to have been a part of Don's life during those years. The world needs more people like Don.
He will be missed.
April 9, 2019
Once Don asked me for my birthday (not natal). He was going to write my name in on that day in his daily affirmation book, and say an extra prayer for me that day. We all kind of believed he had a direct line to God when he prayed. We will be the less for the lack of his presence AND his prayers.
April 9, 2019
I will always remember Don's quiet nature and contagious laugh! He loved and took great care of my best friend, Janet, until she passed away in August 2017. I will miss them both but they are resting together now.