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Harry Charles Starkey, Jr.

December 12, 1946 — December 25, 2022


Harry Charles Starkey, Jr.


Harry Charles Starkey, Jr., age 76, died December 25, 2022, at Somerford Place in Hagerstown, Maryland. He was born on December 12, 1946, in Brattleboro, Vermont, the son of Harry C. Starkey, Sr., and Sarah Louise Taylor Starkey.

Harry graduated from Brattleboro Union High School in 1964. He attended Vermont Technical College and graduated in 1966.

Harry married Linda Storme Gale on April 28, 1968, at the Baptist Church in Brattleboro, Vermont. They were married for 54 years.

Harry worked for the State of Vermont in the Soils Lab and the IT Department for 18 years. He then worked at the Review & Herald Publishing Association in Hagerstown, Maryland from 1985 until his retirement on May 1, 2018. There he began his career in the IT Department and became the IT Director in January of 2002.

Harry was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church on May 5, 1980. He joined the SDA church in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania after moving to Hagerstown, Maryland in 1985. He served as a deacon and Treasurer/Assistant Treasurer over the years.

Harry served in the Vermont National Guard from 1967 to 1972. He also served in the Army Reserves in 1973.

Harry is survived by his wife, Linda Storme Gale Starkey; a son Christopher Todd Starkey and daughter-in-law Carrie Strider Starkey of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania; a daughter Rebecca Ann Highbarger and son-in-law Charles Leroy Highbarger, Jr., also of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania; a sister Ann Starkey Devine of Eufaula, Alabama; and a brother Robert Allen Starkey, Sr. of Elgin, South Carolina; two granddaughters: Makenzie Grace Highbarger of West Chester, Pennsylvania, and Kassidy Paige Higbarger of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania; and two grandsons: Nicholas Taylor Starkey and Samuel Cooper Starkey, both of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania; and several nieces and nephews.

Harry was a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox and New York Football Giants. He loved watching games with his son, Chris, and grandsons. Harry loved his family and treasured vacations to Walt Disney World and Bethany Beach. His family was his number one priority, and he was a wonderful husband, father and Pa.

May he rest in peace until the Second Coming of Jesus.

The funeral services for Harry will be held on Friday, December 30, 2022, at the Williamsport Seventh-day Adventist Church in Williamsport, Maryland at 11:00 a.m. A brief viewing will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Entombment will be at the Greenlawn Cemetery in Williamsport, Maryland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either the Lewy Body Dementia Association at 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Suite 202C, Lilburn, Georgia 30047;, or to the Children’s House at Johns Hopkins that provides residence to children and their families while receiving medical treatment. Harry was very thankful that this organization could help his grandson, Nicholas, and family during Nicholas’ successful surgery at Johns Hopkins back in 2012. Donations can be made to Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation, 6601 Frederick Rd., Catonsville, MD 21228;, 410-744-1032.

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