Notes on Victor Starcher



Victor Carl Starcher was born October 30, 1915 at the home on Daniels Run.

An image of his birth record is available AT THIS LINK

He married Rose McKeehan Smith of Grantsville WV. Rose was born September 21, 1917, the daugher of Harry and Nannie Kelley Smith.

Victor attended public schools in Calhoun County, and went to college at West Virginia Tech, playing football there.

He was an Army Medic in Europe in World War II, having enlisted April 24, 1944.

After the war, he moved to Sistersville WV where he ran a successful furniture business. Victor died June 7, 1994.

Children of Victor and Rose Starcher:

Seva Deloris Starcher, b. August 22, 1939 in Grantsville WV.
Nannie Mae Starcher, b. July 16, 1944
Martha Jean Starcher, b. February 2, 1948
Philip Starcher, b. 1955

Victor often assumed the role of "family organizer." He hosted Starcher family reunions for several years at his farm in Tyler County. Found in the personal effects of Viola Starcher Cogar is a newspaper clipping detailing the first such reunion in 1964, reproduced below:




Obiturary of Victor C. Starcher

Victor Carl Starcher, 78, of Sistersville died Tuesday, June 7, 1994 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born in Calhoun County, a son of the late Allen B. and Icie M. Duvall Starcher. He was a longtime civic leader and former member of Sistersville City Council. He was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps, Richwood, a graduate of West Virginia Tech, and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served with the 128th Evacuation Hospital in Europe. He owned the former Starcher Hardware and Furniture Co. and was a long-time director of Wheeling National Bank. He was a member of ShauRobinson Herbold VFW Post #6327, Grantsville Masonic Lodge and was a charter member of Sistersville Lions Club. He attended Sistersville First Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Rose M. Smith Starcher; one son, Philip C. Starcher of Cartersville, Ga.; three daughters, Seva D. Hickman of Summersville, Nannie Mae Archer of Sistersville and Martha Jean Wall of Scott Depot; four brothers, Melvin H. of Millstone, Delbert H. of Barberton, Ohio, Richard S. of Charlotte, N.C. and Denver R. of Sistersville; four sisters, Opal E. Nitz of Medina, Ohio, a Beulah V. Burdon of West Salem, Ohio, Nina M. Boatright of Norton, Ohio, and D. Justine Miller of Slpencer; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services were held Friday at Cooper Funeral Home, Sistersville, with Rev. Garold Hopkins officiating. Burial was in Green-wood Cemetery, Sistersville, with military rites by the VFW and American Legion.
Obituary of Rose McKeehan Starcher

Rose McKeehan Starcher, 93, of Sistersville, W.Va., passed away Nov. 12, 2010, at the Sistersville Center.

Rose was born Sept. 21, 1917, in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Harry and Nannie Kelley Smith.

She was a former librarian at Calhoun County High School and a member of First Baptist Church in Sistersville. Rose graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College. She was a member of the Martha Washington Chapter 22 OES, VFW Auxiliary, Ilex Twig, Red Hatters and was a VBS teacher.

In addition to her parents, Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Victor C. Starcher who passed away in 1994; and her brother, George Smith.

Survivors include daughters, Seva (Joe) Hickman of Summersville, Nannie Mae (Don) Archer of Sistersville and Martha Jean (David) Wall of Scott Depot, W.Va.; son, Philip C. Starcher of Cartersville, Ga.; nine grandchildren; and 18 great- grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Myers Funeral Home, 600 Main St., Sistersville. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Sistersville. Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.







Victor Starcher, believed to be a high school photo


Rose Starcher, photo dated 1944

Victor, Nannie May, Rose, Martha, and Seva
circa 1949


November 11, 1918 - WW I Victory Parade
Left to right: Lenna Wigner Marshall, Scotty Kelley, Nannie Kelley Smith Harold Marshall and Rose Smith in Carriages
(Photo Courtesy of Frank Marshall, from the HurHerald


Uncle Vic and Aunt Rose


Found in the personal effects of Victor's Aunt Viola Starcher Cogar



Videotaped interview with Victor Starcher

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