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Rod Stark

Rodney Gene Stark, son of Dale E & Helen (Van Dyke) Stark, was born May 1, 1945 at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola, Iowa.

In 1963, Rod graduated from Grand Valley Community School in Kellerton, Iowa. He furthered his education at the Universal Trade School in Omaha, Nebraska. Rod was an auto body repairman for 52 years; working for Harvey Brothers and then Glendenning Motor Company. Rod was also an active member of the Mount Ayr Volunteer Fire Dept for 47 years.

On September 11, 1964, Rod was united in marriage to Patty Grout at the Tingley United Methodist Church.

Rod enjoyed fishing, woodworking (to which he was a perfectionist) and attending his grandkids many events. He also loved the Christmas season and picking out the perfect gifts for his grandkids.

In his younger years, Rod was an avid racecar driver and fan. In his later years, he enjoyed helping Donnie with his racecar.

Rod passed away June 16, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Joyce Dahlin; and brothers-in-law Ivan Grout and Lynn Grout.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Patty, of Mount Ayr; 3 children Donnie (Kim) Stark of Mount Ayr, Dee (Mike) Sobotka of Tingley, and Darrell (Kelly) Stark of Osceola; grandchildren Maddilyn (Jake) Bennett, Bailea Stark, Rachel Sobotka, Eva Sobotka, Kolton Stark, Darian Stark, Kenzie Stark; step-grandchildren Sarah (Tyler) Christian, Seth (Kristin) Williams, Luke Williams (Emily Hunt); great grandchild Kennedy Bennett; step-great grandchildren Eli Williams and Trace Williams; parents-in-law Donald and Helen Grout; brothers-in-law Michael Dahlin (Monika), Glenn Grout (Debra); Ralph Grout (Cindy) , sisters-in-law Mary Adams (Harold), Billie Jo Greene (Curt); aunt and uncle Ray and Carmi VanDyke; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Services: 10:00 am - Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at the United Methodist Church-Mount Ayr

Officiant: Rev. Melvin Ammon

Open Viewing: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Tues, June 19

Family Present: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Tues, June 19, all at Armstrong Funeral Home - Mount Ayr

Burial: Tingley Cemetery - Tingley, Iowa

Memorials: Mount Ayr Fire Dept and Mount Ayr United Methodist Church

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We are sorry to learn of Rod's death. We look forward to seeing him alive again in the resurrection. Jesus promised, "Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out to a resurrection." John 5:28, 29

Jim & Donna Adams Jun 20 2018 12:00 AM

Patty and family, sorry to hear about Rod. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We have so many memories to cherish. Don and Sharon

Don and Sharon Irelan Jun 19 2018 12:00 AM

We appreciate your Family. The memories we treasure always .

Henry. & Merna. Baker Jun 19 2018 12:00 AM

Patty, Donnie, Dee and Darrell. I am so sorry to hear of Rod's passing. I will keep you all in my prayers. Chris Padgitt

Chris Padgitt Jun 18 2018 12:00 AM

Patty, so sorry for your loss. We all had such good times years ago. God comfort you and your family. Carolyn

Carolyn And Harold Jun 17 2018 12:00 AM

Patty & family...so sorry to see this. Always enjoyed seeing you guys at the reunions. Keep your memories flowing. You were fortunate to have so many years together!

Donna Jones Jun 17 2018 12:00 AM

Patty and family, we are sorry to hear of Rod's passing. Lyle enjoyed talking to Rod when working for Glendenning's and when having coffee with him. I enjoyed getting to know Rod when he was a Board Member of the Ringgold Co. Senior Citizens Activity Center. He was always pleasant to be around and we knew we could count on him for help when needed. He was a member with thoughtful insight which was always appreciated. Rely on your wonderful memories and each other. Let us know if any of you need help with anything.

Lyle & Janet Hogue Jun 16 2018 12:00 AM

Rod was really a great man. He will be missed greatly. Condolences to Patty and her family. Prayers are sent your way

Mary Swank Jun 16 2018 12:00 AM