Obituary: Robert Starkey |

Obituary: Robert Starkey

Robert James Starkey, 67, of Nevada City, died Monday, Feb. 11, at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

In accordance with his wishes, there will be no services.

Mr. Starkey was born on May 27, 1934, in Streeter, Ill., to Arthur and Helen Starkey. At age 8, he and his family moved to Downey, where he attended local schools and graduated before joining the U.S. Army, where he served in Germany.

After his discharge, Mr. Starkey attended business school. He married Marilyn Wherle in 1959, and they moved from Southern California to Las Vegas.

In 1980, he moved his construction company, Pioneer Construction, to Nevada County. Mr. Starkey worked for a short time for Terra Alta Real Estate in Nevada City before opening Nevada City Real Estate Co. He enjoyed fishing and camping, especially on their ranch in Truckee. He was a member of the Nevada City Elks Lodge No. 518.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Kimberly Starkey of Grass Valley; daughter, Mia Starkey of Grass Valley; and grandchildren Michael, Kristin and Dylan Starkey of Grass Valley.

Mr. Starkey was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Starkey, in 2000.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley 95945.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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