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Ronald Roscoe Starcher

May 15, 1933 November 17, 2018
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Ronald Roscoe Starcher, Ph. D. passed away peacefully at Marietta Memorial Hospital on Saturday, November 17, 2018.
Ronald was born in LeRoy, West Virginia on May 15, 1933 to the late Orville and Edra Smith Starcher. The family moved to Parkersburg, WV, where they lived in the Happy Valley neighborhood. Ronald
attended Parkersburg schools. They moved to Dart, Ohio, where the family purchased a small farm and Ronald graduated from Lawrence High School in 1951.

Following graduation, Ronald pursued his education at Marietta College, Marietta, OH, where he graduated in 1955 with a major in chemistry and a minor in physics. In order to support his education, he worked part time for Broughton’s Dairy, as a church custodian, ambulance driver and as a control
chemist for Union Carbide Company.

Following graduation from Marietta College he served as a Radar/Electronics Technician for the US army station in Karlsruhe, Germany.

After his army tour he worked as a development chemist for American Cyanamid Company of Bound Brook, N. J., at their Willow Island, WV plant.

On August 7, 1960, he married Kathryn, “Kay” Briggs in the First Congregational Church, Marietta, Ohio. They moved to Tucson, Arizona, where both entered graduate school at the University of Arizona.

Ronald received his master’s degree in 1964 followed by his Ph. D. in 1971. During this time he worked as a Jr. High Science teacher, Sr. High Chemistry teacher and Science Department Head at Canyon del Oro Jr.-Sr. High School located in the Amphitheater Public School District and as a principal at Suffolk Hills Catholic High School in Tucson.

In 1971 he assumed the position of Superintendent for Antelope Union High School District #5, Wellton, AZ. In 1975 he became the Superintendent for Santa Cruz Valley Union High School District #840, Eloy, AZ. In 1984 he moved to Safford, AZ, where he became the Superintendent for Safford United School District #1, from which he retired in 1988.

He was a member of the Adjunct Staff of the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University, where he taught undergraduate, graduate courses and supervised student teachers. From 1991 to 1994 he served as Superintendent for the Diocese of Tucson with responsibility for 21 schools in the Diocese of Tucson.

Ronald was interested in many things and had a very inquiring mind. He obtained his private pilots license in 1973, his commercial and instrument License in 1974. He enjoyed many years of flying his private P35 Bonanza Airplane throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. He became interested in painting and completed several oil paintings for his home and for friends.

He served as president of the Central Arizona College Governing Board, Past Deputy District Governor of Arizona District 21 – B Lions International, team chairperson of numerous North Central Association visitation teams, member and past President, Chapter 30 U of A Phi Delta Kappa, Senior Mission Pilot-SQD 103 Safford Civil Air Patrol, past president of the Safford Regional Airport Authority, member of the Safford High School Education and Scholarship Foundation, past president of both the Antelope Rotary Club and the Safford Rotary Club, a member of the American Chemical society, a 50 year member of Harmar Lodge No. 390 F.&A.M., Aircraft owner and Pilots Association, American Bonanza Society, Wally Byam Caravan Club (Airstream owners Caravan Club) in which he served a a local and regional president.

Ronald was a member of the First Congregational Church in Marietta, where he served as a past member of the Board of Deacons, a member of the Pioneer Antique Auto Club and the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, Inc.

He was an accomplished writer with several articles appearing in the Trailer Life and the Airstream Blue Beret magazines. He was also a skilled photographer having his own photograph studio “Ron Star Photography”.

Ronald is survived by his wife Kathryn of 58 years; brother, James (Hanna) of Marshallville, OH; niece, Vanetta (Rich) Ellerbrock and their two children, Austin and Violet of Marshallville, OH.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Edee Starcher and uncle, Roger Smith.

A private graveside service will be held at Mound Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Donations in his memory may be made to the Immaculate Heart High School, 625 Magee Road, Tucson, AZ 85704; First Congregational Church Memorial Fund, 318 Front St. Marietta, OH 45750; or to the Safford High School Scholarship and Educational Foundation, Inc, 734 11th St., Safford, AZ 85546.

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