Richard "Rick" Starkweather

August 29, 1954 ~ June 30, 2019 (age 64)


SPARLAND – Richard “Rick” R. Starkweather Sr, 64, of Sparland, IL, passed to his heavenly home on Sunday, June 30th, 2019, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, IL.

Rick was born on August 29, 1954 to Rollen and Marie Foster  Starkweather. He was raised in Princeville, IL and was a 1972 graduate of Princeville High School.

Rick is survived by his wife, Terrell Starkweather of Sparland; 2 children, Christie Starkweather of Texas and Richard Starkweather Jr. of Peoria; and 1 grand daughter, Hailey Crombey. He is also survived by one sister Julie Mecham of Glasford, IL and two brothers Kim Starkweather of Peoria, IL and Gary Starkweather of Pennsylvania.

Rick was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was a devout Christian and loved sharing his faith with others. Rick also enjoyed working on computers, creating music, and taking his cocker spaniel, Sophie, for car rides.  He was well known in the area for his publication of a children’s book called “The Griznich”, a dedication to Dr. Seuss and his whimsical writings.

At the wishes of Rick, cremation rites have been accorded. The family will host a celebration of life event at the home of Rick and Terrell Starkweather on Saturday, July 20, 2019 between the hours of 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM. Please contact 309-306-2249 for additional details. To share a memory for Rick’s family, visit


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