Service Schedule and Obituaries

JR Starnes, 50, President of Lexington Mews Association of Danbury, beloved husband of Marie (Costello) Starnes died on Wednesday morning, September 3, 2008 at Danbury Hospital.

JR was born in Detroit, Michigan, May 24, 1958, son of Jere D. and Jackie (Wynn) Starnes both of Chattanooga, TN. He attended Chattanooga schools and graduated from Lookout High School.

He entered the U.S. Army in 1977.  He served as with the Military Police, a Special Forces Weapons Sgt. and an Airborne Jump Master.  He was a recipient of the Bronze Star with Valor and Cluster, Unit Citation Presidential, ARCOM, Combat Infantry Badge, Jungle Training Insignia, Special Warfare Insignia, Purple Heart, Expert Badge with M-16 Bar, Hand Grenade Bar, .45 Pistol Bar, Special Weapons Bar and Airborne-Jump Master.

JR was assigned to the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment.  He was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant 5.

A resident of the area for the past 14 years coming from Massapequa, L.I., New York, he was a member of the U.S. Power Squadron, the N.R.A. and BASS Fishermen.

In addition to his wife of Danbury and parents of Chattanooga, he is survived by two brothers; Robert Starnes and Gary Starnes and his wife Carol, all of Chattanooga, as well as eight nieces and nephews; Danielle, Vincent and Joseph Riscica, Leslie, Christina, Bryan, Joshua and Jennifer Starnes.

He was predeceased by a niece; Jessica-Anna Starnes.

Funeral Services will take place on Monday at 10:30AM in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield, CT with the Rev. John Heeckt, Pastor of the Ridgebury Congregational Church, Ridgefield officiating.

Interment will follow in Wooster Cemetery, Danbury with military honors.

The family will receive friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield on Saturday from 7PM to 9PM and on Sunday from 2PM to 5PM.

The family expresses their sincere thanks to the Danbury Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services and in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Danbury Fire Department, Classroom Instructional Fund, % Chief Geoffrey Herald, 19 New Street, Danbury, CT 06810 or to Forgotten Child Fund, 906 Forrest Ave., #12 Fire Hall, Chattanooga, TN 37405. 


Send Your Condolences to the Family

Jowdy Kane and Kane Funeral Homes