James Starks

James “Jim” D. Starks, 53 of Eau Claire passed away on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN.

Jim was born on December 1, 1961 to Mike and Katherine (Riedel) Starks in Eau Claire. He graduated from Memorial High School in 1980. He was married to Amy Johnson from March 8, 1995 to February 22, 2013. Jim worked at Sara Lee Baking Company for 22 years and later at Express Distribution as a truck driver for 9 years. Jim was a kind hearted, fun-loving person who enjoyed camping, boating, and fishing. He was an avid Packer fan.

Jim is survived by his son, Brandon Starks; his mother, Katherine Starks; three siblings, Jeff (Jodi) Starks, John Starks, and Julie Starks (Tito Gabilondo) ; his special friend, Jacqueline VonRuden; and several nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, Mike Starks; and his son, Matthew Starks.

A visitation will be held on Friday, November 13, 2015 from 12:30 to 3:30 pm at Smith Funeral Chapel, and a Celebration of Life to follow at 4:30 pm at the VFW on Starr Avenue. There will be a private family burial at a later date.


  1. We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Jim. It is with great sympathy that we extend our best wishes and prayers to your family. Jackie and I are very familiar with the pain associated with the loss of a beloved family member. We know that Mr. Starks also passed away too young. Our hearts go out to you all. Heaven has another Packer Fan to root on the team. May you all find comfort in the promises of our Lord Jesus Christ and may perpetual light shine apon Jim forever.

  2. I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of Jim. I always enjoyed his company at the Red Parrot. My prayers are with you during this time of sadness. Take comfort in knowing you will see him again.

  3. I am deeply saddened by the news of Jim passing. A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Please accept my condolence, he will not be forgotten.

  4. Jim was such a wonderful man, heart of gold, funny and polite. I will miss him dearly. I’ve been praying for him every day. We now have another angel to watch over us. May he R.I.P. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

  5. Sending love to the Starks family. Jim was a kind man with a gentle soul as well as a friend who will be missed. So glad we have many fun and happy memories we can hold in our hearts forever. Thinking of you all, hugs!

  6. Kitty our prayers are with you and your family God bless you all wish I could be there to give you a hugs and shoulder to cry on love ya

  7. So sorry to hear of your loss. Jim was always pleasant and a nice person. Prayers for your family.
    Karen and Jim Vobornik

  8. Dear Starks Family,

    We are saddened to hear about the loss of Jim. I remember how much fun we kids would have bumping around the East side of Eau Claire growing up. We would slide down those snow-covered hills bordering Fairway and Main streets. It didn’t matter if it was a Starks, Illgen, or Roach at the controls of the toboggan, all had fun. Jim was always a nice guy. So sorry we haven’t linked up in recent years. Our prayers and thoughts go out to you, Brandon, Katherine, Jeff, John & Julie.

    With Love,

    Jeff & Suzanne Roach

  9. Jim was such a great person. I personally will miss him dearly. I’m am do sorry to all of the people who Will miss him even remotely as much as I will. I can’t say we stayed real close in the recent years but that doesn’t change how much I will miss his sense of humor and how nice of a person he was to everyone. I’m so sorry to all the Starks family.

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