OREGON CITY — Robert Stark, 85, a member of St. Ignatius Parish, died of complications related to Parkinson’s Disease Jan. 8. There will be a funeral Mass this summer.

Mr. Stark was born Oct. 21, 1935, in Portland to William and Madaline Stark.

Friends and family say that all who knew Mr. Stark will remember his ever-present smile, warm and caring heart, and generous spirit. They say he was a humble man with a great sense of humor who will leave a big hole in the hearts of his family and friends.

In his struggle with progressing Parkinson’s, in his last seven years, upon being asked how he was, Mr. Stark always reassured that he was “just fine.” He was a courageous example not only in life, but death.

He lived a full and rich life. Mr. Stark loved hunting, fishing and travel, but more important to him was his devotion to his Catholic faith. Mr. Stark was a member of St. Ignatius Parish in Southeast Portland for 64 years. During that time he was inspired by the dream of making Catholic education available for children regardless of their financial situation. That was the beginning of the St. Ignatius School Foundation, of which he was the first president. When he retired, a plaque was presented by the board to him for outstanding leadership, from 1984 to 1988. Mr. Stark attended daily Mass his entire life and loved presiding at Communion services weekly. He was a catechist and with Dories Weenink, introduced the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program to St. Ignatius. He also loved singing and was a member of the original St. Ignatius folk music group. H volunteered for the St. Vincent de Paul Society after retirement from the Oregonian newspaper. He was a past president of the mayor’s prayer breakfast as well as serving God and his fellow man in countless other more hidden ways.

Mr. Stark is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Marilyn Stark; sister, Margaret Thom, and brother-in-law Merlen Thom as well as many nieces and nephews.

There will be a private burial at Gethsemane Cemetery.

Donations can be made to St. Ignatius School Foundation.