Billy G. Starkey, 80, passed away on Jan. 16, 2018

Billy G. Starkey, 80, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018.
Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at the First Christian Church, led by Pastor Stan Seymour.  Burial will be in Eureka Cemetery in a private family service.
Billy was born on Sept. 24, 1937,  the son of Richard and Florence (Graham) Starkey in Eureka, Kansas. He graduated from Eureka High School Class of 1956 and was a member of the National Guard before serving in the U.S. Navy. He attended Emporia College for one year and retired from Coastal Refinery as an operator. Billy was an avid sports fan. He loved Jayhawk sports and was a referee for basketball and football and a baseball umpire 30+ years along with coaching for many years. Last Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, Billy was inducted into the El Dorado Baseball Hall of Fame.
His loving family includes: his daughter, Gina Butler; son, Scott Starkey (Angie Sader), all of El Dorado; siblings, Harold (Pat) Juby and Colleen (Jack) Sutter, all of Rosalia; grandchildren, Amber (Spencer) Stewart, Ty Butler, Mikayla, Gage, Gavin and Blake Starkey and Tyler Sader; 4 great-grandchildren.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents; 8 siblings, and a son-in-law, Tony Butler.
Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to the El Dorado Baseball Hall of Fame,  in care of Carlson Funeral Home, 200 S. Star Street, El Dorado, Kansas 67042. Please sign his online guest book and leave a memory of Billy at www.carlsoncolonial.com.