Charles Newman Starke, Sr.

Tuesday March 23, 2021, Charles Newman Starke Sr., beloved husband, dad, grandpa, son, uncle and friend passed away at the age of 61.  Newman was born on August 1, 1959 to Charles and Zella Starke.  On September 2, 1978, Newman married Karen.

Newman graduated with an Associates of Science Pre-Engineering Degree in 2010 from Lincoln University.  He went on to gain an Associates of Applied Science Drafting Technology Degree and a Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering Technology Degree in 2015 also from Lincoln University. Newman worked for the City of Columbia as a Drafter and he loved his work.

Newman had a heart of gold. He loved to make others smile, spend time with his family, reading and always loved finding a good tv series.  Newman was a jack of all trades and was always helping someone or fixing something for someone.  Newman was and always will be a superhero to his family.

Newman is survived by his wife Karen Starke; mother Zella Starke; son Charles N. “JR” (Stephanie) Starke of Palm Coast, Florida; Samantha (Brent) Cannon of Daytona Beach, Florida; Erin Starke of Jefferson City, Missouri; Shannon (Scott) Porting of Hartsburg, Missouri; three brothers: Steve (Debbie) Dupree; George (Kathy) Starke; David Starke; 8 granddaughters, 10 grandsons and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  Newman was preceded in death by his son Michael A. Starke, father Charles B. Starke and brother Scott L. Dupree.


  1. Kim McCulloch on March 26, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    To the family of Newman,

    My sincere condolences to your family. I worked with Newman in the Public Works department until I retired a year ago. Newman was one of the nicest people I knew. He was always so kind and helpful, and really lit up when he talked about his grandchildren.

    Newman touched so many lives and will be greatly missed.

  2. Dr. Nazmul Hussain, Engineer on March 26, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    I still can not believe Newman is no longer with us. I miss him everyday at work. We were the members of the design team and submitted plans on or before the deadline. Newman was very dedicated about his responsibilities. He was a person with big heart. Always smiley face, always. Our condolence for his loving family members, mainly his grandchildren, who were always in his heart. I pray for his departed soul. I will miss you rest of my life.

  3. Toni Messina on March 26, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    A very fine person and fellow City employee. I can only imagine how much all of you will miss him. My condolences.

  4. Gary Kinnecom on March 26, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    My condolences to the Stark family. Newman was a wonderful coworker and friend. He always had a smile and a kind word. It won’t be the same around Public Works without him.

  5. Alex Zagorac on March 27, 2021 at 9:58 am

    I’m sorry for your loss. I know for a fact he was loved beyond words by everyone in the family. My prayers are with all of you.

  6. Dale and MaryAnn Larison on March 27, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Our hearts go out to Karen, all the family, and friends of Newman. He was a great Christian man and one of those people that always lit up a room when he came in. His smile was always there to make your day. God Bless and Comfort You All. We will miss him greatly, but we will see him again in glory!

  7. Amanda, Shaun, Jillian, and Kole Smith on March 27, 2021 at 10:24 am

    Our heartfelt condolences go out to Karen and the kids. Newman’s presence will be deeply missed, he was a truly lovable and kind man. We pray that you find some peace and comfort in this difficult time and in the days to follow.

  8. Roseanna Ridnour on March 27, 2021 at 10:38 am

    Karen and Kids, you all have been in my thoughts and prayers!

  9. LizzyBeth and family on March 27, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    To all the family, your SW MO.shirttail family is praying for you. Sending love, comfort, and strength to you all.

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