Michael Reed Stark
Date of Birth: January 17, 1963
Date of Death: May 10, 2020
Michael Reed Stark, 57 of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Huntington, WV died suddenly on Sunday, May 10, 2020. A private graveside service will be held at Woodmere Memorial Park. Mike was born January 17, 1963 in Huntington, WV, son of Karen Stark that raised him who he fondly called “mom” and the late Gary Reed Stark. In addition to his dad, he is preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Violet Stark. And by his uncle, Ronnie Stark. He was a member of the Gates Fourth United Methodist Church of Columbus. In addition to his “mom”, Karen Stark, he is survived by his aunt, Judy (Tom) Conard of Huntington; a brother, Andy Stark; Cousins: Stacey (Dan) Gracey of Huntington and their children, Hunter and Brooke; Tony, Ronnie and Dusty Stark; and two special friends, Mike Tolle and Larry Short of Columbus, OH. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to Gates Fourth United Methodist Church, 119 E. Gates St., Columbus, OH 43206.
From: cherry egidi May 13 2020 2:07PM My sincere condolences for Micheals family..
He contributed so much time and energy to Gates and Fourth UMC.
Micheal was always happy and greeted everyone with warmth and respect.
A really A very nice person.
He will be missed by all of us at Gates.
From: Vickie Easterday May 13 2020 2:08PM Dearest Michael I have not been able to process your passing. My heart is so deeply grieved that I will never again see your face , hear your infectious laugh or receive check-in texts. I love you and you will be so greatly missed, my friend.
Larry and Mike, my heart goes out to the both of you?? You both meant a great deal to Michael. I pray that God wraps his arms around you and blankets you with the comfort that only He can.
Rest in Heaven, Michael.....
From: Shenley Neely May 13 2020 5:16PM Karen and Judy- I am sending you my love and prayers. Mike loved you all so much and talked about you all the time. He has been a great friend to me for many years. I will always remember him as being full of life and laughter. I miss him and will cherish the memories. Our hearts are broken. From: Carol Bandy Brown May 13 2020 7:22PM So sorry for your loss. Did not know him but it sounds like a life well lived but definitely gone too soon. To Judy and Karen, my thoughts are with you as you go through this time of grief and loss. From: Nikki Smith May 13 2020 7:50PM Michael was a beautiful bright light that brought joy and love to everyone lucky enough to meet him. His energy filled the room. I loved singing with him in church and hope one day we can sing together again in a heavenly choir. All my love and condolences to everyone missing him now and always. From: Patti Harwood May 13 2020 10:26PM Sweet Mike, my heart breaks that I will not be exchanging our long distant words, My heart soars knowing you’re with Heavenly Father, until we meet again ?? From: David & Carolyn Plants May 14 2020 12:47AM Karen, Judy, and family, Michael’s ready smile, twinkle in his eyes, and love for his wonderful family are a never-ending legacy for you to cherish. We are sure his loving grandparents were waiting with open arms for his arrival to our Lord’s house, and Michael has joined the heavenly choir with his angelic voice. With our deepest condolences, Dave & Carolyn From: Laura Wiles May 14 2020 6:20AM Ah Michael, you will be so very missed. Your enthusiasm and joy de vrie were boundless as was your service to your church and church family. Your example of how to be a Christian is one I can only continue to aspire to. You would raise your voice in powerful songs for us on occasion and I will remember those moments as so special.
Michael spoke often of his loved ones in West Virginia. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends. His passing leaves us bereft, with the comfort of knowing he is with the Lord he loved. Godspeed, Michael.
From: Jill Underdonk Stevenson May 14 2020 11:50AM Karen and family, I am so sorry to hear this news. Mike was one of the funniest and kindest people I have ever known. Although I haven’t talked to him in years, there was never a time when his name was brought up, that we didn’t smile. I was blessed to have Mike in my circle of friends. God bless all of you and I’m just so sorry. Jill From: Lee Ann Rask May 14 2020 3:19PM So very sorry to hear this news. Michael was a high school friend and even though it’s been many years since we have seen one another- I remember his wonderful laugh, sweet smile and the twinkle in his eye. Sending prayers of comfort and peace to his family and all that loved him. From: Donna Short May 14 2020 6:06PM I have had the privilege of knowing Michael for the last 20+ years. He was just like a son. I cherish last 20+ years he was with my son partner best friend. You are always be in my heart I love you mama Donna short rest in peace Larry’s mother!!?????? From: Mike Johnson May 14 2020 6:13PM I had the great opportunity to meet Michael about 20+ years ago. He was my partner at the time Larry short my brother. I will miss his infectious laugh and that crazy accent. You will be deeply missed Michael rest in peace my brother till we meet again.?????? From: Larry Short May 14 2020 8:00PM My heart is deeply broken. Micheal was a beautiful person full of energy and life. For many years he has been my rock through troubling times always their with an understanding ear and just pure honest love and understanding. He was a proud West Virginia boy and a faithful hurdsman. My deepest condolences to family and friends that were privileged enough to have him as a part of their lives. My god welcome you with open arms and give you comfort and peace. Always my love is with you. From: John Collins May 14 2020 8:24PM It was a great honor and pleasure knowing Michael for the time that I did. Although we weren’t as close as some he always treated me like family. His smile and care free spirit could light up the room. He could always make you smile and laugh even on your worst day. I still can’t believe your gone. Michael you were truly a gift from above and hope you rest easy my friend. You shall never be forgotten. From: JP Smith May 14 2020 9:57PM My sincere condolences for michael’s entire family , i am sorry for your loss . larry, and Mike i am so sorry for your loss. Michael. You will be truly missed but never forgotten , you always made me smile and laugh i will especially miss hearing your voice call me that special name you gave me . RIP XOXO From: Carmon Mills May 15 2020 5:30PM Dearest Michael...Remember circa 1978 when we all danced at Marshall University to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy? Only 4 of us finished the 24 Marathon. You raised the most money. Thank you for being a part of such a wonderful time in our lives. I will not forget you. I pray God comforts you to his chest and sends peace to your loved ones at this difficult time. P.S. You were the best Dancer. ?? From: Mary Lou & Tammy Leonard May 17 2020 6:01PM We have never heard anyone sing "The Old Rugged Cross" as beautifully as Michael. He was a very special, talented young man. He will surely be missed. Our deepest sympathy to his friends and family. Michael was truly one of a kind. From: Ronda Meehling May 22 2020 9:15AM I was so sad to hear of Mike's passing, he was a great and funny guy at HHS. My thoughts and prayers for his family.