Thornhill Valley Chapel

1400 S Pines Rd, Spokane Valley, WA


Raymond Victor Starling

December 21, 1935September 30, 2019

Starling, Raymond V.

December 21, 1935 – September 30, 2019

Ray peacefully passed away at the age 83 from a long illness in his Spokane Valley Home with loved ones at his side.

He was born on December 21, 1935 in Eureka, Montana to LaVerne & Cathleen Starling. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, younger brother, Robert, and great-grandson, Porter Blasberg.

Ray met his wife, Peggy Becquart, at Lincoln County High School. They married on February 12, 1953. They had six children by 1959; twins Vickie & Verna, Roxanna, Cathleen, Christopher, & Carol. Thirteen grandchildren were added to the family; Sam, Becky, Caleb (Vickie & Alan), Monica (Verna & Bob), Justin & Nathan (Roxie & John), Katrina & Sean (Cathy), Kira, Dawn, & Danae (Chris & Kristine), Rose & Nicholas (Carol). The Starling family continued to grow with the birth of 22 great grandchildren.

Ray held various jobs throughout his life. Early in his married life, he worked for Great Northern Railroad and Leighty's Sawmill in Troy, Montana. He ventured out and opened Ray's Grocery in Eureka, Montana in the early 1960s. In the late 1960s he moved his family to Spokane, Washington, and while living there he worked for Royal Typewriter, Spokane Presto-log, Powis Painting, and R. A. Hansen. Once again he formed his own business and started his own painting company. He ended his working career in the tree business. Ray developed Starling's Christmas Tree Farm, a successful enterprise which employed many family members during the Christmas season.

Humor was one of Ray's greatest characteristics. He always had a great story or funny joke to share. He loved to use his artistic abilities when working with wood. Ray had a broad knowledge on many topics and enjoyed in engaging in conversation with others. He was an honest man with high integrity.

Funeral services will be held at Thornhill Chapel, 1400 S. Pines Rd, Spokane Valley on Oct 9 at 11:00. Viewing will be held Oct 8 from 4:00 - 7:00 and Oct 9 from 10:00 - 10:45. There will be a graveside prayer service at 1:00 pm at Pleasant Prairie Cemetery, 9303 E. Morgan Rd, Spokane. A luncheon will follow at 1:30 pm at Valley Bible Church, 3021 S. Sullivan Rd, Spokane Valley. All are welcomed.


  • Chris Starling
  • Caleb Foster
  • Sam Foster
  • John Kappen
  • Justin Kappen
  • Nathan Kappen
  • Kristine Starling, Honorary


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 9, 2019


Raymond Victor Starling

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Kira B

October 2, 2019

Kira B

October 2, 2019

Love my GPA. Loved his jokes even when I didn't get them cause I was slow on the uptake. Loved his stories. Loved watching he and my oldest tell jokes together. Or my oldest do card tricks for him. Loved watching him smile at and interact with my 2 youngest especially in the last year or so. Always remembered bdays and important things and always treated my hubby just like another grandson. Always wanted to know how we were doing and the latest and greatest and sincerely cared! I remember once he was out and about and bought my oldest a back scratcher when he was little since he was so fascinated with his :) I love my memories of going to the tree farm he worked so hard on, of him holding my hand and always letting me always give him a hug goodbye and a big kiss on his forehead and the back and forth witty bantering between he and I always in good nature and hed always laugh a big laugh or give a huge smile. He had a great smile. He made us several things from his own hands that are cherished and he was really creative. Will miss my GPA tremendously! Love you gpa!