Funeral Services for William P. (Bill) Starks of Owasso, formally Cushing, have been entrusted to the Palmer Marler Funeral Home, Cushing, OK and will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 9, 2009 in the Palmer Marler Funeral Home in Cushing. Interment will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Cushing, by the side of his beloved wife Aline. Mr. Starks died March 3, 2009 in Tulsa, OK at the age of 88 years.

Bill was born Dec. 14, 1920 in Cushing, the son of Arthur P. Starks and Margaret (Cramer) Starks. He left Cushing at an early age, graduating from Capitol Hill High School in Oklahoma City in 1938. He attended O.U., and was Outstanding O.U. Freshman Bandsman 1938-1939. He joined the Oklahoma National Guard on June 3, 1940 and served overseas in Europe until Sept. 1945. He returned to O.U. in Jan. 1946 where he met Aline. In 1946 he was elected President of the O.U. Band and Vice President of Kappa Kappa Psi, an Honor Band Fraternity. He married Aline Aug. 11, 1946 in Oklahoma City. They moved to Cushing in 1952. In 1964 he purchased Starks Electric from his father. He belonged to Cushing Lodge #111 and O.E.S. #157.

He is survived by a son, Michael Starks Sr., his four grandsons, two granddaughters, several great-grand children, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

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