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passed away on Nov. 19, 2013 at Trinity Hospital Twin City surrounded by three generations of his family. Bob would have been 88 years old on
Nov. 24. Born near Stillwater, Tuscarawas County, Ohio; Bob was the eldest son of the late Dallas L. and Anna Copeland Clarke and a lifelong dairy farmer in Rush Township. Bob was a World War II Army veteran, having served in the Pacific. In 1945, Bob was headed for the invasion of Japan and was just off the coast of Japan when Truman dropped the atomic bomb that stopped the invasion. Bob was part of the disarmament of Japan and served there until the fall of 1946 where he achieved the rank of Technical Sergeant. On Dec. 4, 1943 Bob married his childhood sweetheart, Helen L. Edwards who survives and to which he was looking forward to celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary this year. Bob was a 1943 graduate of Uhrichsville High School. Soon after his discharge from the army, in 1947, Bob and Helen moved to their present day dairy farm in Rush Township and work rigorously to leave a legacy for their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and future generations to follow. He was a member of the Tuscarawas County Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Board which he served as Chairman. He was very instrumental in forming and developing the 4-H Dairy Product Sale to support the dairy program at the Tuscarawas County Fair, which he considered as one of his greatest achievements. He was also instrumental in the building of the Dairy Bar at the fairgrounds. He served as chairman of the 4-H Dairy Product Sale for the first 10 years. He was recognized by the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce for Distinguished Service to Agriculture. He was honored by the National Dairy Producers Association production and was a past member of the Twin City Milk Producers, Akron Milk Producers and Dairy Farmers of America. He was a past member of the Norma Johnson Conservation Board and 10 year 4-H advisor and Tuscarawas County member of the Ohio State Advisory Board Bob spent the greater part of his life helping others and working in the church and community. Bob taught Sunday School at the Rush Nazarene Church for over 55 years and served on the church board for 40 years. He was honored by the church with the Distinguished Services Award and Second Mile Award. He served 17 years as treasurer of the Rush Township School Board and was active in the building of the Rush Township School which later became the Rush Christian School to which he serves as President of the school's board. He was a member of The Founders Club for the Mount Vernon Nazarene College. Bob was active in the formation of, and was a past fire chief, the Rush Township Volunteer Fire Department and continued to work on their fund raising activities. Bob also served on the Board of Directors of the Guernsey Muskingum Rural Electric Cooperative for 41 years and served as Secretary-Treasurer to the cooperative for 32 years. He served as Chairman of the Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives Association and served on the board of the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association and served a term as Chairman of the Board. In 1990, his family was recognized as the Great American Family for Tuscarawas County and he was listed as an Honored Professional in the National Register of Who's Who in 2000-2001. Bob also served as a trustee to and chairman of the board for Oak Grove Community Association in Trenton, Fla. and was currently serving as President of the Oak Grove Community Association.
In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by sister, Mary Irene Edwards of Mineral City; son, Rockne W. (Alison) Clarke of Dover; son, Ty E. (Sharon) Clarke of Campbell Hall, N.Y.; daughter, Jill (Steve) Henry of Uhrichsville; son, Craig A. (Mariann) Clarke of Zanesville; and daughter-in-law, Jackie Clarke of Gnadenhutten. A son, Robert Lee "Bobby" Clarke preceded Bob in death in 2008. In addition, Bob is survived by his grandchildren, Robert D. (Catherine) Clarke, Jodie (Dan) Miles, Julie Beach, Kirk (Misty) Henry, Brennen Clarke all of Uhrichsville, Kari (Jeremy) Klaserner and Amy Bremenkamp of Dover, Wendy (Eddie) Jones of New Philadelphia, Bethany (Charles) Lewis of Gnadenhutten, Kyle (Kristen) Henry and Amy (Rick) Hoover of Canton, Ty R. (Stephanie) Clarke of Campbell Hall, N.Y., Kristy (Mark) Trumbo of Syracuse, N.Y., Bryant Clarke of Philadelphia, Pa., Kayla (Zac) Bolitho of Raleigh N.C., Michael Clarke of Plymouth, Mass., Ashton Clarke, Couger Clarke and Aubrie Clarke of Zanesville, Ohio. In addition, Bob is survived by a sister-in-law, Lois Jarvis of Strasburg and brother-in-law, Harold (Ann) Edwards of Scio; 27 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and son, Bob was preceded in death by his sisters, Helen Jean Singree and Lois Mahaffey; brother, Fred Clarke; his father and mother-in-law, Daniel K. and Anna Edwards; along with numerous sisters-in-law and brothers-in- law.
Services for Bob will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 11 a.m. at the Rush Community Church of the Nazarene, 4941 Rush Church Road SE, Uhrichsville with friends invited to call one hour prior to the services where family will be present. The Pastor Ed Morrison and Pastor Brett Warkentine will officiate. There will be a Fireman's Final Salute following the services. Graveside services with military honors conducted by the Newcomerstown Honor Guard will follow at the Evergreen Burial Park in New Philadelphia. In addition, calling hours will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22 at the Uhrich-Hostettler English Funeral Home Inc. in Uhrichsville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Rush Christian School, c/o Myron Armstrong, 10306 Kennedy Hill Rd. SE, Uhrichsville, OH 44683; or to Rush Community Church of the Nazarene, 4941 Rush Church Road SE, Uhrichsville, OH 44683; or to Tuscarawas County 4-H Dairy Program, 419 16th Street SW, New Philadelphia, OH44663.
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Published in The Times Reporter on Nov. 22, 2013