Arvil G. Starnes, 92, of Peoria, passed away at 8:36 pm Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 in the Emergency Room at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
He was born Aug. 21, 1924 in Granite Falls, NC, son of Walter and Bulah Miller Starnes.
At the age of 15 he worked at a C.C.C. Camp in North Carolina as a forest ranger. He arrived in Peoria at age 16 with $8.00 in his pocket and a paper bag with a change of underwear and a toothbrush. On Nov. 29, 1941 at the age of 17 he married Margery A. Adami in Kahoka, MO.
He was drafted into the Army in 1943 during WWII and was sent to Germany. Near the Elms River he was wounded in a mine field by German machine gun fire and was evacuated to Belgium, then Scotland, then to Battle Creek, MI. Discharged after months of recuperation he returned to Peoria and received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He worked at Allied Mills in Bartonville, then Nutrena Feed Mill, and Caterpillar Inc. He went to Barber School and barbered for 40 years. During this 40 years he built 5 new houses, and renovated 15. He built Marvil Plaza (now Avanti's). After retiring from barbering he worked at Avanti's for 15 years as maintenance chief.
His favorite pastimes were gardening and giving away tomatoes. He enjoyed country music and telling stories about early Peoria days.
Surviving are 2 sons, Floyd (and Shiela) of Dunlap, Mike (and Neva) of Peoria; 5 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Boyce and Floyd; and 3 sisters, Verna, Sue and Judy. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; brother, Hugh; and sister, Pauline.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate or South Side Mission.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.