A. John Startz

April 21, 1924April 2, 2010

A. John Startz, 85, of Groves passed away on Friday, April 2, 2010, at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas.

John was born on April 20, 1924, in Liberty, Kansas to John and Martha Startz. After serving in the US Army 14th Armored Division in World War II, he graduated from the University of Kansas in 1948 and came to the area where he started his over 30-year career as a Chemical Engineer with Texaco Research in Port Arthur. John supported youth baseball leagues and was known for his “Eye like a hawk” cheer. He also enjoyed watching sports—especially KU basketball—and spending time on his farm, using his 1950s Ford Golden Jubilee tractor that he restored. John was also active in his community and his church, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Groves.

A gathering of friends and family will take place from 4:00 p.m., until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, April 4, 2010, at Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home with a rosary at 7:00 p.m... A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 5, 2010, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Groves with Msgr. Don Golasinski serving as the Celebrant. Entombment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves.

John was survived by his wife of over 55years, Alfa Lee Courville Startz of Groves; sons, John David Startz and James Edward Startz both of Houston; brothers, Elmer Startz and his wife Colleen of Midland, Texas and James Startz of Kansas City, Missouri; sister-in-law Tillie Armstrong of Seguin; grandchildren, Marion Startz and William Startz; step-grandchild, Artem Musiychenko; and several nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents: son, Robert Michael Startz; sister, Connie Dolenz; and brothers, Clarence Startz and Raymond Startz.


  • Funeral Service Monday, April 5, 2010
  • Visitation Sunday, April 4, 2010
  • Vigil Rosary Service Sunday, April 4, 2010

A. John Startz

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Bud Foucher

April 9, 2010

I knew John from my visits to Texaco Research lab from Beacon. He was friendly, professional and a pleasure to have known.

April 8, 2010

John was a dear friend and one of the greatest men to work under---always picky for details, but totally fair and objective. Bill Shepherd Poughkeepsie, NY

Bobby Munlin

April 5, 2010

Johnny was one , if not the nicest person I have ever known.He always treated everyone the same, no matter if you were a technician or engineer. I will always remember his smile and humor.He will be missed on Gods Earth but Heaven will welcome his smile.

April 5, 2010

I was at KU in 1960 when I first met John. He was the Texaco interviewer and I immediately liked him. I got to know him as a wonderful person and fine engineer during my year at the Port Arthur Plant. I still have fond memories of him and send condolences to his family.
Peter Dorn, LaGangeville, NY

John Mastrovich

April 5, 2010

I was sorry to hear about the loss of John. He was a great individual to work for and always seemed to enjoy life. I will always remember his laugh. May God bless you as only He can during this time of loss.

Dudley Letbetter

April 5, 2010

Alpha, Melba & I were shocked to hear of your loss. I just took Melba to League City Friday to be with her "boys" & I returned to Beaumont Sunday too late to be with you in person. I trust that you know that our prayers & thoughts are with you at this time of great sadness. John was a great guy who we both liked immensely & will miss greatly. Dudley Letbetter

Fred Gonzalez

April 4, 2010

I worked at Texaco Research in Port Arthur from 1961-1987. John was always a source of encouragement and a role model for his honesty and work ethic.
I remember him fondly.
I am sorry for your loss. God Bless!