Saturday, October 22, 2016

Obituary -- John "Johnny Starr" Santee 1924-2016

On October 9, 2016 "Johnny Starr" left to play his last dance job. John was born on March 8, 1924 in Hawarden, IA to James and Nina (Wolfe) Santee. On March 12, 1945, John married Ruby "Connie" Cross and lived in Shenandoah, IA where they owned and operated "Mom and Pops CafĂ©." 

In the early 50's John and Connie moved to Fort Dodge, IA where they formed together "Johnny Starr and the All Stars," entertaining at various venues throughout Iowa and many other states. They also had their own local country music radio and television show. 

In the mid 60's they opened their own restaurant and lounge in Fort Dodge. In 1969 they moved to Bedford where they operated and managed the Taylor House Country Club. In 1973 they renovated a vintage building in downtown Bedford "Starlite Restaurant and lounge" where they entertained and played with many Nashville recording artists.

In 1980 they moved to Loveland CO where they operated a local motel until his wife passed away. John then worked with his son Jim as a carpenter until he retired.

John is survived by his daughter Judy Caulkins of Loveland, CO; son Jerry Santee (Debbie) of Sutherland, NE; daughter-in-law Vicky Santee of Denver, CO; one Grandson; five granddaughters; and 12 great grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Connie and son Jimmy John.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM First Christian Church, Hopkins, Saturday October 15, 2016. Interment was held in Hopkins Cemetery. A visitation occurred one hour 9:00 am-10:00 am prior to the service. In lieu of flowers please make donations to your local ALS Foundation. Go to www.price funeral home for on-line condolences.

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