Greenwood Memorial Park & Funeral Home

350 Monroe Ave Ne, Renton, WA


Joseph Dennis Starkovich

September 30, 1934July 10, 2020

Our beloved husband, brother, uncle and friend, Joseph Dennis Starkovich, 85, was called home to heaven on July 10, 2020, after a valiant fight to remain here with his loved ones, friends and beloved Husky football team.

Joe was the center of his wife, Loretta’s world. Married for 60 years, they were glued at the hip and were each other’s everything. Joe and Loretta were the ultimate Husky fans/Tyee Club members and were well known for their entire purple attire, home and at one time, purple car. They loved their adventures traveling for away games with friends and never missed a game until recent months. Even though Joe attended Puyallup High School (graduating in 1954) and was a proud Viking, he was a loyal supporter of Renton High School and the Friends of Renton High School. Renton was his home! Joe took such pleasure in the small things like a big bag of snacks, grocery shopping, tacos at Toreros, a cold beer, digging around in the garden, talking to his sister every day, teasing his many nieces and nephews, and of course, tailgating before a Husky game.

Joe was born in Puyallup, Washington, September 30, 1934, to Joseph & Margaret Starkovich. Joe served in the US Navy. He met the love of his life, Loretta, at the famous Spanish Castle Ballroom. A year later, they married at St. Anthony’s in Renton. Joe grew up on a farm with his siblings Donna Hall and Dave Starkovich and still liked to get his hands in the dirt. He worked as a truck driver his entire career and work at Boeing for several decades. He absolutely loved to drive. His sense of humor and teasing brought all that loved him so much joy, laughter and sometimes torment!

Along with his wife Loretta, his sister Donna (Lloyd) and his brother Dave (Colleen), he is survived by his sister-in-law Dolores McGuire (Chuck), nieces and nephews: Chuck McGuire, Mark Hall (Renee), Debra Flewelling (Keith), Denise Weitz (Rick), Marty Starkovich (Danielle), Carol Lubahn (Rick), Steve Morse and many great- and great-great nieces and nephews. Joe joins his heavenly family Parents-Joe & Margaret Starkovich, Mother-in-law-Angie DeLaurenti, Brother-in-law-Lloyd Hall and Niece-Lisa Morse. We would like to extend a special thank you to his caretakers, but especially Catherine (happy), Keesha and Veronica. Veronica, aka: Bodyguard, you will always have a special place in our hearts for the love and friendship you showed Joe. We especially appreciate you sparring with him and treating him how he wanted to be treated.

A viewing and rosary will be held Tuesday, July 21 from 2:00 to 6:00 at Greenwood Memorial in Renton. A funeral service will be held at St. Anthony’s Parish in Renton. Due to COVID-19, we request that you call Denise at 206-276-1910 for more information about the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Friends of Renton High School are greatly appreciated. Friends of Renton High School P.O. Box 1094 Renton, WA 98057


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Linda Thompson

July 22, 2020

A dear friend of our family for over 50 years! Both Joe and Loretta were at our children's weddings, and parents funerals! Joe, you had the kindest heart and I enjoyed meeting you and Loretta for lunch to keep our wonderful friendship going (Maplewood)! I will miss you dear friend! My heart is sad but I plan to continue meeting Loretta, Joe! Rest in peace and save us all a spot there in Heaven for a grand reunion!!

Sharon Badure

July 21, 2020

I was a neighbor of Joe and Loretta for 21 years. Joe had a green thumb when it came to his Roses, they were beautiful!!
Whenever I see oatmeal cookies and hot chocolate I'll think
of Joe.. Rest In Peace Joe!

Geri & Bush

July 20, 2020

I remember years ago, probably about the mid-1970s , sitting behind Joe and Loretta at church services at St Anthony's and thinking what a "cute little couple" they made. I'm so glad we were able to get to know you both better through Friends of Renton High School; especially serving at the RHS tailgating parties for the students in the Fall and then serving at the RHS Graduation Lunches for the Seniors in the Spring . We could always count on you both to help where ever we needed it. Lots of good memories, for sure!
May you rest in peace, Joe


July 20, 2020

Every time I saw Joe anywhere he would cause me to smile. He brings happiness with him wherever he is, Heaven has gathered another magical soul. I look forward to seeing him again.

Keith Flewelling

July 20, 2020

Laku noc uncle Joe❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️