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Gilbert Joseph Starr


Gilbert Joseph Starr, “Mush-Ka-Waush”, which means “Strong Wind”, 73, of Cass Lake, MN, passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at the Cass Lake Hospital. He was born on April 18, 1939 in Cass Lake, MN the son of Albert Sr. and Rose (Kickum) Starr.

Gilbert really enjoyed horseshoes often participating in leagues. He has attended several state competitions and has gone to the World Horseshoe Pitching Championships. Whenever he would attend Gilbert would always succeed in placing in his category. He was well known and respected by all who knew him and always approached with a warm welcome. In his younger years Gilbert bowled and was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved being in the outdoors. Gilbert was fluent in the Ojibwe language. Gilbert was employed for the Leech Lake Reservation for 40 plus years working in many different positions. Gilbert was very kind and never had a bad word to say about anyone. He was always there for anyone who needed help. Gilbert was very dedicated to his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also enjoyed going to the casinos where often times he would visit with friends. He also loved listening to old country music.

Gilbert was preceded in death by his parents; Albert and Rose Starr, brothers; Albert Jr., and Leonard "Pete" Starr, grandson; Byron Northbird, one son in-law; Louis “Acey” Northbird, aunts; Susan and Catherine and one uncle Dan.

He is survived by his wife; Marilyn Littlewolf, sons; Marvin Littlewolf and Gilbert (Lena) Littlewolf, Jr., daughters; Sandra Littlewolf, Sharon (Russell, Sr.) Northbird and Cathy (Mike) Northbird, brother; James Starr, sister; Anna Mae Starr all of Cass Lake, grandchildren; Brandon, Brittany, Kevin, Ashton, Erik, Russell, Jr., Kristie, Ashley, Nicole, Nichelle, Gilbert, Jr. and Deelia, two great grandchildren Scott, Jr. and Haylee. Very special sister in-law Mary Bellanger, many other friends and relatives.

A wake service for Gilbert will begin at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, November 29, 2012 and continue until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service, on Saturday, December 1, 2012 all at the Veteran’s Memorial Building at Cass Lake, MN. Pallbearers for Gilbert will be; Dave Wittner, Rick Lego, Wilfred Korpela, Pete Raish, Jr., Fred McDougall, Jacob Fuller, and Ray Jenkins, Sr. Alternates will be, Larry Starr, Michael Howard and Russell Northbird, Sr. Honorary pallbearers will be, Mert Lego, Richard Burnett, Earl Erion, Rich Robinson, Jr., Jim Jones, Sr., Alfred “Tig” Pemberton, Joseph “Joe” Holstein, Fred Teal, Roger Teal, Dave Yates, Mel Stoa, Ira Johnson, Al Robinson, Dave “Chief’ Morgan, Wayne LaDuke, James Whipple, Donald “Mick” Finn, Hildi Bogda, Weedy Masten, Sue Robinson, Judy Harper and Suzanne Erion. Interment will be held at the Chippewa Bible Church Cemetery rural Cass Lake, MN.

Arrangements entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be given at


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