Matthew Starcher

Matthew Starcher, 52, of Parkersburg, passed away Sept. 21, 2013, at the St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, W.Va.

He was born in Plattsburgh, N.Y., the son of the late Chief Master Sergeant Stephen Denzil Starcher and Laura Elena Williams Starcher.

He attended Nash School, Washington Jr. High School, and graduated from Parkersburg High School and received his B.S. and M.S. from Marshall University.

Matt taught at several Wood County Schools including Washington Jr. High and Hamilton Jr. High, where he helped coach football and Blennerhasset Middle School. Matt’s keen interest in W.Va. History was contagious. He was an avid music lover and played the guitar and mandolin, and was an avid Rock and Roll historian. He performed and supported the various benefits for The Children’s Home Society of WV. He was a Patrol Leader of The Bob White Patrol in the storied Troop 3 of the B.S.A. He loved and practiced his skills of camping, canoeing and scouting and many wonderful sunny days were spent with childhood friends on the banks of the Ohio and Hughes River. Matt succinctly stated his belief, ” We are all put on this earth to help each other.” Matt demonstrated this as he provided love and daily attention to his parents. Matt was the youngest of four sons and was his mother’s “baby” and “rascal” and was the apple of her eye. He was raised in the Baptist church.

He is survived by his brothers, John Starcher (Brenda) of Suffolk, Va., David Starcher (Susan) of Dayton, Ohio, and Mark Starcher (Trisha) of Bakersfield, Calif.; his nieces and nephews, Amy Turner (Stephen), John Matthew Starcher (Rhonda), Jessica Irving (Aaron), Deborah Starcher and Ora Starcher; and his great-nieces and nephews, Aaron Starcher, Riley Starcher, Mia Starcher, Sarah Turner, Ruby Starcher and Anna Starcher. He was preceded by his father, Stephen Denzil Starcher, on April 9, 2010, and his mother, Laura Elena Williams Starcher, on April 4, 2011.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg. Burial will be in the Dobson Cemetery on Crane’s Nest Road in Wirt County. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Home Society of WV, P.O. Box 763 Parkersburg, WV 26102.

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Matthew Starcher

Matthew Starcher, 52, of Parkersburg, passed away Sept. 21, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital, Charleston, W.Va.

Arrangements are pending at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.