Pastor Alfred Starr

July 2, 1946-Sept. 2, 2020

Pastor Alfred Starr, 74,

Minot, passed away on

Wednesday, September 2,

2020, at Trinity Hospital

in Minot.

Alfred Phillip Starr was

born on July 2, 1946, a

son of Walter and Rebecca

(Coleman) Starr in Mor-

ton, Washington, at the

foot of Peterman Hill. He

loved his Lord, his wife,

his family and the love of

those Cascade Mountains

that he was born in never

left his heart. He was a

mountain man by nature.

He graduated from Mon-

roe Union High School, in

Monroe, Oregon, in 1964.

That summer, he was un-

ited in marriage to Erna

Linn Gose on August 12,

1964 at Reno, Nevada.

Theirs was truly a love

story; and together they

built a family of six chil-

dren. They would live in

five states and countless

towns across the West,

especially after Alfred be-

came a passionate church


Alfred Starr was a

logger, butcher, general

contractor, county ad-

ministrator but most of all

he was a minister of the

gospel. He started

churches in four different

states. His pursuit of the

kingdom sent him from

Oregon to Alaska. He was

a lover of God. He wanted

to see people know the

truth about the Acts 2:38


Places he established

churches included Coff-

man Cove Alaska; Palmer,

Alaska; Woodburn, Ore-

gon; Molalla, Oregon;

Vancouver, Washington

and Caldwell, Idaho.

His final church plant

before moving to Minot,

North Dakota, had been

Canby, Oregon. He began

pastoring in 1978 and

continued until 2015. He

also pastored the Morton,

Washington, church that

his dad had pastored two

different times.

He loved people, was

passionate about truth,

was never bought or

bribed and had a relent-

less determination to

make it to heaven. His last

message to the church

was a challenge to remain

unintimidated and fear-

less in the wake of Co-

vid-19 or anything else

that life presented. It was

a challenge that above all

else heaven should be the

ultimate pursuit.

At the time of his pass-

ing, he was an active

member of the Apostolic

Faith Church of Minot,

mentoring, jail ministry,

preaching or teaching

when asked. He was also

a volunteer grandpa or

elder or dad. A shoulder

to cry on, someone to

share a laugh with. Al-

ways good for a story. He

will be missed.

Besides his love for

hunting, fishing or the

great out of doors, he

liked to travel. He liked to

experience good food,

especially ice cream.

His loving family in-

cludes: his wife of 56

years, Erna (Gose) Starr;

children: Jesse (Ruth)

Starr, Alfred (Beth) Starr,

Jayson (Melinda) Starr,

Cora (Brian) Huffman,

Walter (Rachel) Starr, and

Anthony (Candice) Starr;

grandchildren: Jared

(Grace) Starr, Jonathan

(Taneil) Starr, Jessica

Starr, Caleb (Hannah)

Starr, Destini Starr, Chan-

try Starr, Delani Starr,

Justin Flores, Summer

Starr, Orrin (Adis) Starr,

Andrew Huffman, Antho-

ny Huffman, Austin Huff-

man, Ashley Huffman,

Emily Starr, Seth Starr,

Amelia Starr, Luke Starr,

Callie Starr, Talon Starr,

Kaitlyn Starr, Nolan Starr,

Natalie Starr, Olivia Starr,

and Judah Starr; and

several nieces, nephews

and cousins.

Alfred was preceded in

death by: his parents,

Walter and Rebecca Starr;

siblings, Floyd Starr,

Charlotte Starr, Walter

Starr, Jr., Peter Starr, Esth-

er Zapalac, Mary

Chambers, Joanna Rose

and a host of fellow sol-

diers in the gospel.

But I would not have

you to be ignorant,

brethren, concerning

them which are asleep,

that ye sorrow not, even

as others which have no

hope. 14 For if we believe

that Jesus died and rose

again, even so them also

which sleep in Jesus will

God bring with him. 15

For this we say unto you

by the word of the Lord,

that we which are alive

and remain unto the com-

ing of the Lord shall not

prevent them which are

asleep. 16 For the Lord

himself shall descend

from heaven with a shout,

with the voice of the ar-

changel, and with the

trump of God: and the

dead in Christ shall rise

first: 17 Then we which

are alive and remain shall

be caught up together

with them in the clouds,

to meet the Lord in the

air: and so shall we ever

be with the Lord. 18

Wherefore comfort one

another with these words.

(1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

Visitation: Thursday,

September 17, 2020, from

6-8 pm at the Apostolic

Faith Church, Minot, ND.

We will be observing CO-

VID-19 guidelines.

Funeral: Friday, Sep-

tember 18, 2020, at 1:00

p.m. at the Apostolic

Faith Church in Minot,


The service will be

livestreamed for the pub-

lic to view and may be ac-

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Burial: Sunset Memori-

al Gardens, Minot, ND.

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