Orris H. Stark, 96, attorney, marketing executive, antique car expert

Orris H. Stark, 96 of Ridgefield, an attorney and later marketing executive died at his residence on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.

He was the husband of the late Mary Elizabeth Wright.

Mr. Stark was born in Clinton, Indiana, May 7, 1916, son of the late Ewell and Sara Margaret (Griffith) Stark. He attended Indiana schools, Indiana University and graduated from Indiana Law School with his Juris Doctorate degree.

A practicing attorney in New York City, he represented several marketing firms and as a result became interested in a new career; marketing.

He joined the marketing firm of Synder, Black and Schlagel in 1960 and rose through the ranks to a marketing executive position.

A resident of Ridgefield since 1969 coming from New Canaan, Mr. Stark was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Classic Car Club of America, the Horseless Carriage Club of America. Over the years of driving on tours with these clubs, he commented that he once went to see the cars, but more recently, it was to see the many friends he made through this hobby.

His love of cars harked back to his boyhood in Indiana. His first car was a Model T he bought for six dollars. As time went on, he became enamored of Cadillac vehicles and stayed with them.

He is survived by a son, Robert H. Stark and his wife, Brenda of Wayland, MA; a daughter, Betty Stark-Kerekes and her husband, Stephen of Redding; his dear friend and caregiver, Bette Gollrad of Wilton; two grandchildren, Luke and Margaret Stark and a great grandchild, Ford Stark.

Interment will take place in Friendly Grove Cemetery, Lewis, Indiana.

A Celebration of Life service will be announced.

Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield is in charge of arrangements.