Born at Winamac, Ind., June 18, 1901 the son of William and Pearl Starr, Lewis attended Indiana State Teachers' College at Terre Haute and Valparaiso University. With his wife Esther, and their family, Mr. Starr came to Lowell in 1939 to accept a teaching position at Schiller school in Hanover township, a position he retained until stricken by a heart attack while teaching class last Thursday. He was taken to Gary Mercy hospital, where he passed early Sunday. He had not been ill previously and had recently completed construction of a new home on south Fremont street beside the home of his son. Mr. Starr had been a teacher for 32 years.
Hanover township schools closed at noon Wednesday and teachers and pupils attended memorial services in a tribute of final respect. Rites were held at 2 p.m. in the First Methodist church with the Rev. Harold Hotchkiss officiating, and interment was made in the Lowell cemetery. Arrangements were in charge of Sheets Funeral Home.
Surviving with his wife, Esther, are a son and daughter, Lewis D. Starr of Lowell and Mrs. J. Russell (Charlotte) Misenhimer of Pasadena, Calif.; also two brothers, Wallace Starr of Culver, Ind., and George Starr of Kewanna, Ind.; four sisters, Mrs. Lorena Sheridan, Mrs. Mildred Mason, Mrs. Catherine Hubeny and Mrs. Alta Miller, all of Kewanna, and two grandchildren, Mark and Rebecca Starr of Lowell, besides a host of bereaved friends, pupils, school and church associates.
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