Terry J. Stark

July 17, 2015

Service Details

Terry Joseph Stark, age 68, of Urbandale, Iowa, passed peacefully into the presence of His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on July 17, 2015.

Terry was born April 27, 1947 to Joseph and Audrey (Helmick) Stark in Ottumwa, Iowa.

His unwavering love for the Lord was evident in his everyday life and guided him in all of his endeavors. Terry dedicated over 35 years serving at First Federated Church where he sang, taught, played guitar, served as a Deacon, Elder, and pastor. He served with Avant Ministries for 5 years. He did extensive Bible teaching and mentoring. His candor and care were known by the many whom he discipled. His contagious enthusiasm for missions took him around the world.

Terry was a skilled builder, project manager, and business owner. He started his career as owner of Starky’s Construction in Fairfield, Iowa and moved to Des Moines where he later became Owner/President of Pace Company. Early in his career, he worked for Fairfield Engineering & Manufacturing and Knudson, then Swanson Gentleman and R.G. Elder & Son. He spent over 30 years in General Construction and Development and 10 years in Manufacturing and Engineering. He owned and managed hotels, apartment complexes and restaurants. While growing up near Fairfield, Iowa, he worked on the Stark family farm. Throughout his work, he was known for his drive, determination and innovative problem-solving abilities.

Terry enjoyed reading, traveling the world, motorcycle riding and shooting at the Des Moines Rifle and Revolver Club. He was a long-time member of the Johnston Lions Club. He was a private single engine pilot, radio announcer, professional musician and vocal performer.

He will forever be remembered by his loving wife of 46 years, Mary; children, John (Jayne), Jennifer, James Stark and Joann (Jay) Nelson; grandchildren, Ean, Evan, Emma and a granddaughter due in September; mother, Audrey; sisters, Rebecca (George) Lodge and Martha Stark. Terry was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Stark.

The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 23, 2015 at First Federated Church, 4801 Franklin Ave in Des Moines. Visitation will be held 1-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines, with family present 5-8 p.m. Burial will follow the service at Hillcrest Cemetery in Brighton, Iowa at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed toward First Federated Church or the Iowa Lions Eye Bank. Online condolences may be expressed at www.hamiltonsfuneralhome.com