William C. "Billie" Morgan Starr, of Manawa, age 67, died unexpectedly on Thursday, April 19, 2012. He was born November 26, 1944 in Alhambra, CA, son of the late Charles William and Elizabeth (Cady) Starr. Bill moved to Wisconsin in 1945. Following the death of his mother in 1948 he was adopted by his Aunt and Uncle, Catherine and Clarence Morgan.
Bill grew up with family and friends on Fredrick St. in Menasha. He attended St. Patrick’s Grade School and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1963 where he was actively involved in sports. He even had a baseball try-out with the Milwaukee Braves in 1962.
Bill joined the Air Force in 1963 and was honorably discharged in 1967. He married Sherri Ham in 1966 and they had three children. Bill moved to Des Moines, IA in 1982, and worked as an Outside Sales Rep for Great Central Insurance Company. He met and married his present wife, Claudia Sherman on October 23, 1982, and they moved to Fort Madison, IA with his step-children, where he and Claudia owned and operated Kern Insurance. In 1997 they moved to Wisconsin to be closer to his family.
Bill worked at Alta Resources for years and then worked at West Business and part-time at Wal-Mart. He suffered a massive stroke on Dec. 15, 2009, and was able to go back to work in 2011 part-time at Wal-Mart as a greeter, which he loved.
Bill was loved by all his family and friends. Up till the time of his stroke he was an avid golfer, was an umpire for baseball and softball in Fort Madison, IA, and he also had his pilot’s license. Survivors include his wife, Claudia; five children: Stanna (Curt) Olinger, Matthew (Michelle) Starr, Billie Jo “BJ” (Travis) Beck Stephen Sherman, Stephanie (Ronnie) Durand; 13 grandchildren: Levi, Lexi, Linzi and Lane Olinger, Jaxon and Oliver Starr, Raegan and Landon Beck, Kayla Sherman, Julia and Landon Smith, Haleigh Durand, and Kyler Smith; his brothers and sisters: Kay (Wally) Vetter, Sue Peat, Gail (Larry) Howard, John (Judy) Morgan; and a sister-in-law, Darlene Morgan.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents: William Cady and Alice Blong; James and Nell Morgan; his aunt and uncle whom he loved so dearly and called “Mom and Dad”, Catherine Cady Morgan and Clarence Morgan; his brother, Todd Morgan; and two brothers-in-law, David Peat, Karl Hendricks.
The memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at Faith Community Church, N 2541 County Hwy K, Waupaca, with The Rev. Gary Strike officiating. The visitation will be held AT THE CHURCH from 9:00 a.m. until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers a memorial is being established in his name.