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Eldon Starmer

Obituary for Eldon Starmer

July 19, 1950 - July 11, 2017
Creston, Iowa | Age 66


Eldon Starmer, 66, of Creston, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the Greater Regional Hospice House in Creston.

Celebration of Life Memorial Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Powers Funeral Home in Creston. Bill Armstrong will officiate.

Burial will be at Diagonal Cemetery in Diagonal. Full military honors will be conducted by the Diagonal American Legion Post #395.

Open visitation will be from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. with family receiving friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Powers Funeral Home in Creston.

Memorials can be given to the family for later designation. Online condolences can be given at

Eldon Lee Starmer was born on July 19, 1950 in Creston, a son to Elmer Alexander Starmer and Verna Grace (Fine) Starmer. He grew up on a farm southeast of Diagonal and in 1968, Eldon graduated from Diagonal Community High School. He furthered his education at Southwestern Community College in Creston in the Trades Program, graduating in 1969.

Eldon was united in marriage to Linda Mae Bohn on August 2, 1969 at the RLDS Church in Mt. Ayr. They were blessed with two sons, Chad and Matt.
Eldon enlisted in the United States Army in 1970 and served in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1971 and returned to Diagonal where he and Linda farmed for several years. He also did some side jobs remodeling and construction. In 1985, they moved to Tucson, Ariz. where Eldon was a project manager for Desert Builders Construction. They returned to Iowa in 1987 and Eldon worked as weatherization evaluator, inspector and coordinator for Matura Action Corporation until his retirement. He officially retired February of 2017.

Eldon was on the Diagonal School Board and a member of the American Legion Post #395 in Diagonal. He also was a former member of the Lions Club, volunteer fireman and on the City Council. Eldon was instrumental in the planning and construction of the Diagonal Community Center along with many other projects.

Eldon and Linda renewed their vows on June 6, 2017, at their home in Creston, with their family and friends present to witness. They were married for 47 years.
Eldon is survived by his wife Linda Starmer of Creston; son Matt (wife Melissa) Starmer of Audubon, Ia; two grandchildren, Mason and Maliha Starmer and sisters, Marilyn Bear of Mt. Ayr and Merill McCullough of Grande Cache, Alberta, Canada.

Eldon was preceded in death by his son Chad in 1986, grandson Maddox in 2013, parents Elmer & Verna Starmer, mother and father-in-law Bill & Viola Bohn and brothers-in-law, Bill Bohn, Jr., John Bohn, Richard Richardson, Gary Bear and Gary McCullough.



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