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Obituary for Robert E. Clark

Robert E. Clark
Robert “Bob” Clark, 90, passed away on May 20, 2015 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, AZ.

Bob was born on March 16, 1925 in Watervliet, MI, the third son of Archie J. and Lula May Clark. In 1943 he graduated from Grayling High School and joined the army. He served in WWII as a Private First Class in Company K, 405th Infantry, 102nd Division of the US Army during the “Rhineland Campaign.” His unit suffered nearly 400% casualties as they were part of the final invasion into Germany focused on destroying the Ruhr industrial region. He was wounded on November 29, 1945 and was hospitalized until June 15, 1945. He received both the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

Bob met his wife, Joyce Conklin, at Michigan State where he received a MS in Electrical Engineering. They had two children, Mark Clark and Barbara (Clark) Aschettino. Bob joined General Electric after graduating and worked for GE his entire career starting as an Engineer and was later promoted to Engineering Management. In 1958, GE transferred Bob to Phoenix, Arizona where the family made their home. He was honored in 1966 as a GE Inventor with a patent registered in his name.

During Bob’s retirement he continued to pursue his interest in science and used his talents to help others including serving on the City of Phoenix Library Advisory Board and designing a safe “Rocket Launching System” for the Arcadia Amature Rocket Club. He also enjoyed trailering with Joyce and over the years they visited every state except Alaska. He loved visiting family and friends on their travels and hosting them at their home in Phoenix.

Bob is survived by his wife, Joyce, his daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Alfred Aschettino, his adult step-grandchildren: Lori and Trevor Fetterman and Andrew and Erin Aschettino, his five great-grandchildren, and close family: Jack and Mary Clark, Jay Clark, Janice Oltham, April and Chris Stout, Terry and Kay Clark, Mike Clark, Scott and Jenny Clark, Betty Clark, Julie (Clark) DeSanto, Caryn (Clark) Helmer, Robert McNaughton, Tim and Dar McNaughton, Brian and Cindy McNaughton, Sue and Marc Kagan, Ann and Johnny Aqurkis.

A graveside Veteran’s Memorial Service will be held on July 25, 2015, at 11 a.m., at the Knauss Cemetery, 49036 Copeland Road, Coldwater, MI. Immediately after, a luncheon and “Celebration of Bob’s Life” will be held.

In lieu of flowers contributions to the Salvation Army would be appreciated.
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