November 26, 1963 - February 24, 2014

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STARK, MASTER SGT. CURTIS MERLE, 50, U.S. Army/Vermont Army National Guard retired, of Graniteville, S.C., died February 24, at his home with his loving wife, Laura, at his bedside. Born Nov. 26, 1963, in Carmichael, Calif., he was the dear son of Thomas C. and Julia (North) Stark. He attended Mount St. Joseph Academy in Rutland and graduated from Lyndon Institute in Lyndonville in 1981. On Jan. 20, 2006, he married Laura Delrossi in Vergennes. Following their marriage, they made their home in Vergennes, moving to Graniteville, S.C., after his military retirement in 2011. Being a career military man, he served with the U.S. Army in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, and had been awarded two Bronze Service Stars, as well as several theater and meritorious and achievement ribbons. He later transferred to the Vermont Army National Guard, where he retired as a master sergeant after 23 years of dedicated service. He belonged to the American Legion in Vergennes and was an avid softball player and outdoor enthusiast. Curtis will always be remembered as a loving and dedicated son, husband, father, grandfather, friend and comrade in arms who will be greatly missed by his family and all whose lives he touched during the precious 50 years he spent on Earth. He shall live forever in the hearts and minds of his loved ones. Besides his wife, Laura, he leaves his mother, Julie, of Barre Town; stepsons William Vaughan, of Graniteville, S.C., and U.S. Air Force Capt. Jason Taylor and wife, Meg, of Belleview, Neb.; stepdaughter Jessica Greco, and husband, Chris, of Rutland; and grandchildren Joshua and Kaitlynn Taylor and Olivia Greco. Also surviving is his brother, Chris Stark, of Graniteville, Vt., and sister, Janis Stark, of Barre, and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Tom, in August of 2007.

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