Dennis was born on Feb. 14, 1946 to Eldon and Lois Burt Starling in Davenport. He married Sally Van Daele on Feb. 6, 1982 in Lost Nation.
He is survived by his wife Sally; mother Lois; half brothers Dr. David (Judy) Starling of Boone and Darrell (Janet) Starling of Independence; half sisters Danita (Marvin) Berghammer of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, Darlis (Dean) Gulick of South Greenfield, Missouri, Dawn Long of Monett, Missouri, and Luanne Hillock of Davenport; sister Derise Rawls of Milan, Illinois; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father Eldon, stepfather Godfred “Bill” Will and brother Larry.
Dennis was a decorated Marine Veteran serving in Vietnam and receiving the purple heart. He was a member of the Lost Nation American Legion Post 381 for 52 years and was a Clinton County supervisor for four years. In 2003, he was inducted into the Iowa Auctioneer Hall of Fame. He was member of the Iowa and National Auctioneer Associations. He served on the Board of Directors, Board Chairman, and was Past President. He was a Senior appraiser for National Independent Fee Appraisers and wrote the teaching manual for agricultural farm appraising.
Chapman Funeral Home has Dennis and his family in their care. Memories and condolences may be left at www.chapmanfh.com.