YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – At almost 91 years of age, Robert H. Clark, Jr. passed away peacefully on Monday, July 25 surrounded by his family.
Bob was born August 10, 1925 in Jeanette, Pennsylvania to Josephine (Earnest) Clark and Robert H. Clark, Sr.
He was the eldest of three children. His family moved to Youngstown in 1941, where “Buddy” as his mother affectionately called him, completed his education early in 1942, during his 11th grade year at South High School so that he could immediately enlist in the U.S. Marines Corps. Sergeant Clark proudly served his country during World War II between February 1943 and April 1946 in The Nighthawks, United States Marine Corps Night Fighter Squadron VMF(N)543.
Following WWII Bob met Phyllis V. (Mellinger) Akelson. Bob writes “I fell head over heels in love with Phyl … she was my only love.” They were married August 27, 1949 at the Woodland Lutheran Church in Youngstown.
During the early years on the west side in Mill Creek Park with 2 small children, Bob managed to attend and graduate from Youngstown College with a degree of Mechanical Engineer in June 1952. In May 1969 the Clark Clan, now with 7 children, moved to enjoy the simple country life in Canfield. Children eight and nine, the twins were born July 14, 1970 on Phyl’s 41st birthday.
Throughout his life, Bob served his family, his Lord and his country with commitment, devotion and unconditional love. He attended church every week and watched Jeopardy every night. Bob was known as a man of utmost integrity… he believed that your handshake was your word. Bob also believed that peanut butter was a condiment for hot dogs and hamburgers. Bob raised his family strong in faith, truth and compassion. Family vacations were the perfect combination of beach fun, camping chaos and American history. Along the way Bob was happy to share whatever he had on his table or in his pocket with someone in need. Robert Frost, one of Bob’s favorite poet, writes “The best way out is through”. Through it all Bob retired June 1980 after 27 years with Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. Then in August 1992 Bob retired for the last time from FDM Corporation, formerly ForDees Corp.
In addition to his wife and parents, Bob joins in heaven his children Richard D. Clark, Susan E. Clark, Frank B. Clark, Sr. all of Youngstown, Sarah M. Brooks of Canfield; and his sister Catherine M. Karger of Beaver, Pennsylvania.
He will be loved in memory by his surviving children Robert H. Clark, III of Salem, Gina M. (Siciliano) Clark of Youngstown, Jonathan S. Clark of Youngstown, Margaret E.J. “Molly” Clark of Pahrump, Nevada, Rebekah A. Clark of Boardman, David R. Brooks of Canfield, Christian W. Clark of Youngstown; and his sister JoAnn Ripple of Canfield, 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Friends are invited to attend the “Celebration of Life” in Bob’s honor at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Canfield, on Saturday August 27, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.
Bob will be laid to rest with Phyl, his wife of 55 years, on Monday, August 29 during a private U.S. Military salute at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Youngstown.
The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Briarfield Manor in Austintown who took wonderful care of their father.
Also they ask that material tributes be made in Bob’s memory to his beloved church Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 550 N Broad St, Canfield, OH 44406.
Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.
A television tribute will air Friday, August 19 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV, 8:41 a.m. MyYTV, 9:58 a.m. on FOX, 12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX.