Gerald Starr was born Oct. 20, 1943, in Garden City, Kansas. His parents were Jack and Glendon (Hebbe) Starr. He graduated from Lawrence (Kansas) High School in 1961 and attended the University of Oklahoma. In 1967 he married Linda Kay Sparks. He received a degree in Accounting and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. He worked as a professor of political science, as a Certified Public Accountant, and served within the Oklahoma Office of Public Management and the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department.

Gerald and Linda had three children: Laura, of Pflugerville, Texas; Jeffrey, of Orem, Utah; and Bradley who died as a newborn. His parents and wife preceded him in death. He is survived by his brother David, sister Jean, his children Laura and Jeffrey, son-in-law Daniel, and granddaughter Madeleine.

In retirement, Gerald pursued his love of classic cars. He owned a prize-winning 1931 Model A Coupe, a 1956 Studebaker, was rebuilding a 1926 Star Car, and owned and traded many more vehicles. He was the Stude Flyer newsletter editor and was active in several car clubs. He died March 9, 2016, while traveling in Atlanta of cardiac arrest caused by a pulmonary embolism.

Visitation will be 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, at Havenbrook Funeral Home.

Services will be at 11 a.m, Wednesday, March 16, at Wesley United Methodist Church 302 E. Independence St., Shawnee .

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