Martin Keith Starling 1949 - 2009 Manassas, Va.
Graveside services for Martin Keith Starling, 60, formerly of Shawnee, will be Saturday, Oct. 24, at De Soto Cemetery in De Soto.
Mr. Starling died Tuesday morning, Oct. 20, 2009, after a long battle with cancer near his home in Manassas Va.
He was born Oct. 10, 1949, in Denver, the son of Everett J. and Dorothy Starling. Mr. Starling was a 1966 graduate of Shawnee Mission North High School. He joined the U.S. Army shortly after graduation and specialized in helicopter maintenance while serving in Vietnam, beginning a long career in the field of aviation. He received an honorable discharge from the Army and attended Northrup Institute in California to study aircraft maintenance.
After graduation Mr. Starling relocated to Wichita to pursue a career building and maintaining aircraft. He lived in Wichita on and off for 25 years. Martin also lived and worked on various aircraft projects in Tulsa, Okla., Seattle, Wash., Greensboro, N.C., and Halifax, Nova Scotia. He had recently retired with 31 years of service to Boeing Aircraft Corp. but his career included working for various aircraft manufactures including Cessna Aircraft, Beechcraft, Northrup Gruman and Gates/Learjet. Most recently, Mr. Starling was employed as agent for the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, D. C.
Mr. Starling’s long career in aviation included working on the F-14 and F-18 fighter jets, the B-52 and Osprey helicopter/airplane, 767, 757, 787 passenger jets, as well as Air Force One.
He enjoyed caring for his youngest son, Peter, who is permanently disabled from cerebral palsy.
Mr. Starling was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 846, Overland Park.
Survivors include his sons, James, Anchorage, Alaska, Paul, Goddard, and Peter, Wichita, a grandson; longtime companion and caregiver Janet McLaughlin of Manassas, Va.; his mother, Dorothy Starling, Shawnee; a sister, Rita Barker, Centennial, Colo.; and four brothers Everett L., Overland Park, Thomas A., North Platte, Neb., John Q., Shawnee, and Daniel, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee.
The family requests donations to a trust fund set up to ensure care for Peter in the coming years, sent in care of the Peter Starling Irrevocable Trust, 2210 Sentry Drive, No. 2, Anchorage, AK 99507.