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Rod Stark

May 1, 1945 - June 16, 2018

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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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.