Edward John Starner
Edward John Starner was born Nov. 12, 1923 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, to William John and Gertrude Mary (Werner) Starner. He was a farm boy raised in a family with twelve brothers and sisters. His childhood was spent on the family farm with all of the children attending to the many chores.
At the close of his high school years, he was drafted into the Army to fight in WWII. His service focused on the South Pacific where he endured face-to-face combat in the Philippines. Wounded on May 17, 1945, he returned to the United States to recovery from his injury.
He married Gloria Faye Ross on Dec. 27, 1951 in Yuma, Ariz., and they settled in Southern California to raise their family. Having received his bachelor’s degree from Northrop Institute, he worked as a hydraulics engineer for Northrop for more than 30 years.
As their children became young adults, Ed and Gloria built their retirement dream house; a three story log home in the small community of Bear Valley Springs, Tehachapi.
They completed their home in 1985 and continued to live there happily until his dear wife Gloria passed away on Feb. 22, 2003. Ed stayed there in the years that followed until his daughter, Karen, brought him home with her in order to provide the love, companionship and assistance that he needed.
He passed away quietly surrounded by his family on Aug. 18, 2013. He is survived by his children and their spouses; Constance Starner (husband – Essa Allred), Karen (husband – Albert) Ramos, Colleen (husband – Sam) Allen, Curtis (wife – Terry) Starner, grandchildren; Ian, Alyssa, Kara, Jeffrey, Garrett, Mason, Faith, Zachary, great-grandchildren; Joshuah, Kylee, Trista, sisters; Helen, Grace, and brother Ralph.
Ed was an extraordinary husband and father. The family enjoyed many camping trips, reunions, and travel vacations, with horse camp and house boating for the grandchildren. He was a man of honor, compassion, loyalty and friendship, providing his wife and family with unconditional love.
Forever our guiding light, you will always be in our hearts.
“We’ll be looking at the moon, but we’ll be seeing you.”