Joseph Donald Starck
11-13-27 to 11-26-13
Joseph Donald Starck, age 86, passed away on November 26, 2013. He was the protector, confidant and companion of his wife Mary for 55 years.
He graduated from St Lawrence Grade School, Milwaukee; Marquette University High School, and received his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Marquette University College of Engineering. Mr. Starck received the Prep (Thespian) Player of Year, as a high School Student at MUHS, and became the only member of his family to attend college.
In 1946, after one year in college, Mr. Starck was drafted into the Army Medical Corps as a bacteriologist. After 20 months with the Army, he was discharged and returned to Marquette University, where he graduated in 1950 with a Bachelors degree in civil engineering. While attending college, Mr. Starck joined his father, Math, his brothers Paul and Matt, to create Math Starck and Sons, Inc, a general contracting firm, in 1947. Math Starck and Sons was a continuation of a family general contracting and construction business that originated in Milwaukee in 1869. The company was incorporated in 1951. Mr. Starck designed and built many unique residences throughout the greater Milwaukee area. His own home was featured in an article in the Milwaukee Journal. Math Starck and Sons built many notable structures throughout Wisconsin, including, the Tuckaway Country Club, The Pieces of Eight and Fox and Hounds restaurants, the Girl Scouts office building, the University Lake School, American Colony Apartments, Normandy Village Apartments, the Sister Bay Resort and Yacht Club in Sister Bay, Moraine Ridge Apartments in Green Bay, along with many other numerous churches, condominium projects, assisted living, and nursing homes. In 2000, he retired as president from Math Starck and Sons, Inc.
Mr. Starck was a well-regarded registered professional engineer in Wisconsin. He served as President of the Metropolitan Builders Association of Greater Milwaukee and on the board and as vice-chairman of the Building Trades United Pension Trust Fund for 30 years. He also acted as an expert witness for attorneys and was a licensed arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.
In the community he was a 60 year member St. Mary Hales Corners, serving as a member of the Parish Council and a lector; a member of the Hales Corners Lions Club, and an actor with the Hales Corners Players.
One of Mr. Starck’s greatest joys was traveling with his wife and family.
Mr. Starck is survived by his wife Mary, his five children and their spouses;
Mary Jo (James), William (Beatriz), John (Jennifer Dassow), Peter (Christina), Thomas (Amy) and grandchildren, Joseph (Krista) Bruckner, Jacob Bruckner, John Paul Bruckner, Abigail Starck, Bilito Starck, Noah Starck, Jacob Starck, Rebecca Starck, Samantha Dassow, Nicholas Dassow, Emily Starck, Laura Starck, Christopher Starck, Rachel Starck.
He was preceeded in death by his daughter-in-law, Laurie Uren Starck and his siblings, Marcella, Eleanor, Paul and Matt Starck.
In lieu of flowers donations are gratefully appreciated to:
4500 Xavier Driver
Franklin, WI 53132
Marquette University College of Engineering Scholars Fund
1250 W. Wisconsin Avenue
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
St. Mary Catholic Church
9553 W Edgerton Ave
Hales Corners, WI 53130