Keith Conrad Starkey, 87, of Bradenton, Fla., passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
Keith was born March 29, 1927, in Tiffin, to Melvin R. and Herma M. (Conrad) Starkey. He moved to Bradenton in 1970, coming from Tiffin where he worked as a farmer for many years.
His memberships include First Baptist Church of Bradenton where he was active in Sunday School and mission ministry. He also was a former member of Men for Missions and OMS, and was honored to be named a Kentucky Colonel.
Keith and his wife, Clara, founded Agape Flights in October 1980. Agape Flights operated out of the Sarasota Airport for many years before moving to Venice in 2006. Through his work at Agape Flights, they have been able to carry all types of supplies, mail and cargo for many of the missionaries working in the Caribbean Islands with weekly flights there. They even provided humanitarian aid following the natural disasters that have hit the islands over the years.
Keith was predeceased in death by his sister, Helen Widmer, and is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Clara of Bradenton; daughter, Nancy Snow of Bradenton; three sons, Bruce (Deb) Geary of Bloomville, Lee Geary of New Riegel and Don (Lynne) Geary of Tiffin; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many extended brothers and sisters in Christ.
A celebration of Keith's life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014, in the main sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Bradenton, 1306 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Agape Flights Endowment Fund, 100 Airport Ave. Venice, FL 34285 or online at www.agapeflights.com, or to TideWell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238, in his memory.
Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.