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Donald Starzinger

Funeral service for Donald Lloyd “Don” Starzinger of Jackson, was held Friday, April 2, 2021, at 11 a.m. at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. The Rev. Jason Shaw officiated. Interment followed in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson, with full military honors.

Don, 87, passed away Monday, March 29, 2021, at his home. He was born June 22, 1933, on a farm near Oriole, in Cape Girardeau County, son of Frederick Ernst and Alma Johanna Steinhoff Starzinger. He and Judith M. “Judy” Schrumpf were married July 13, 1957, at the United Methodist Church in Perryville, by the Rev. O.D. Van Horn.

Don was baptized at home on Jan. 19, 1934. His sponsors were Fred Koeppel and Ida Huber. His confirmation was at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson on March 30, 1947.

He honorably served in the United States Army from June, 1953 to May, 1955. For 25 years, he was a member of Laborers’ Local 282, and then was employed by the City of Jackson as park foreman, until retirement in 1997.

Don was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 158 in Jackson, a life member of Disabled American Veterans in Cape Girardeau, NRA, and a former member of Jackson Park Board and the Jackson City Council.

In addition to his wife of 63 years, Judy Starzinger, loving survivors include his children, Terri (Ronald) Dobey of Rocheport, Donna (Michael) Parnell of Jackson, Carole Starzinger of Decatur, IL, and Scott (Peggy) Starzinger of Jackson; 10 grandchildren, Brandi Starzinger of Jackson, Jordan (Jessica) Baker of Decatur, Haley Baker of St. Louis, Katherine (Wyatt) Williams of Portland, OR, Courtney Baker of Decatur, John Dobey of Rocheport, 2nd Lt. Colin Dobey of Enid, OK, Shelby Starzinger of Columbia, Jacob Starzinger of Cape Girardeau and Luke Starzinger of Jackson, two step-grandchildren, Clayton Davis of Cape Girardeau and Weston Sherrill of Columbia. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, two sisters and a grandson, D.J. Baker.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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