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James K. Stark, 60

March 30, 2018
Dysart Reporter

James Kenneth Stark, 60, of Cedar Rapids died Monday, March 19, 2018 at Evergreen Estates in Cedar Rapids. Services: 1 p.m., Friday at Cedar Hills Community Church by Pastor Kent Landhuis. Burial: Buckingham Cemetery, Traer. Friends may visit with the family on Friday after 12 p.m., at the church. Teahen Funeral Home is serving the family.

Jim is survived by his mother, Joan Stark Laughrige of Cedar Rapids; two sisters, Dr. Jennifer (Kevin) Johnson of Orlando FL, and Carrie (Keith) Douglas of Cumming, GA; a brother, John Stark of Phoenix, AZ; two step-sisters, Dana (Harold) Pherigo of Ottumwa, and Darla (Paul) Bastron of Kenosha, WI; five nieces and nephews; two great-nephews; three step-nieces and nephews; four great-step nieces and nephews; and special friends, Dave and Joann Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Craig D. Stark, and step-father, Robert J. Laughrige.

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James was born on June 28, 1957 in Dayton, OH at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base, the son of Dr. Craig and Joan Diel Stark and graduated in 1975 from North Tama County Community High School, in Traer. Jim completed three years at Iowa State University in 1978 with a major in Animal Science and in 1988 received his A.S., Laser/Electro-Optics Technology at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa. Jim worked for Spectra-Physics in Mountain View, CA from 1988 to 1990. In 1990, Jim began working for SMR, Inc. in Santa Clara, CA and later moved to Plymouth, MI where he worked for Rofin Sinar as a Laser Technical Engineer. Jim enjoyed NASCAR, watching college sports, music, fishing and hunting. He was an active participant at Cedar Hills Community Church in Cedar Rapids. He always had a great attitude and was a beautiful person inside.

Special thanks to Evergreen Estates who he also considered his family.

Instead of flowers, memorials may be directed to Cedar Hills Community Church, 6455 E Avenue NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405.

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