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Michael E. Starkey
  • April 07, 1938
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  • January 19, 2021

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Michael (Mick, Mickey) Starkey 82, departed peacefully at home in Sarasota with his family on Jan 19. Born in Milan,IN to Margie and Elwood Starkey. He had two brothers, John and Richard (both deceased).
Mick graduated from Milan High and went into the Army where he served in Germany During the Vietnam War. He attended IU. Mick came to SRQ and met tne love of his life, Lillian Creech. They Married (57 yrs),had 2 sons, Michael,Jr. (deceased) and Christopher.
Mick was known as “the Dancer” to many because he taught ballroom dancing to hundreds at Fred Astaire ad Michael Ford’s Danc Studios. He danced around the world.
Mick could have been a stand up comedian but instead was a car salesman selling VW’s and Toyotas. Because he was a salesman’s salesman he also sold travel. He and Lil loved the perks of travel! They went to Hong Kong for Thanksgiving
Mick was an amazing person, a loving husband, father and a loyal friend to so many. He never met a stranger and never forgot a name.
His ashes will be laid to rest at Sarasota National Cemetery on February 4, 2021 at 130 PM.
Donations maybe made to Tidewell Hospice.


Sarasota National Cemetery

Date & Time:
February 4, 2021 at 1:30 PM

Sarasota National Cemetery
9810 State Rd 72, Sarasota, FL 34241
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  1. JERRY Bidwell BARNES says:
    04 Feb 2021
    When I think of Mike Starkey, "Unforgettable " dominates my mind. We met about 1984 at Marina Jack and became fast friends. We shared uncountable laughs over the years. And so many other meals & events. He was a veritable encyclopedia on so many subjects. I Never wanted to play Trivia with him ! He would remember as the dates and places in our lives . I will surely miss him. A special thanks is due to his son Chris, who came home to help him through therapy after the car accident. Chris was like a drill sargent in forcing him to recover. And with Lil's help, that gave him and us another 16 years . I will always smile when remembering him.

  2. robert levy says:
    31 Jan 2021
    i worked with "mike" at the old Bob Barkley toyota.what a crew!!mike was the funniest and most liked.he always had a smile and ab glad to see ya attitude.when i heard of "mike`s" passing it sadden me,but i know he will make the angels laugh.WHAT A GUY!!

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