Robert Clark

Robert H. "Bob" Clark

Battle Creek

Robert H. "Bob" Clark, 90, of Battle Creek, died Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility.

He was born October 15, 1923 in Port Huron to James R. and Esther H. (Semrau) Clark.

He graduated from Lakeview High School in 1941 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1941-1946; he was commissioned an Ensign and piloted seaplanes in World War II

Bob owned and operated Bob Clark Builders for many years, building and maintaining many Battle Creek homes over the years.  Most notably, he built and maintained the homes of Robert B. Miller which is now the headquarters of the Miller Foundation and the Miller Manor.

Bob was very active in Boy Scouts and was a past Scout Master of Troop 355 at Minges Brook School.  During his tenure from 1975-1987 he guided and mentored 75 Scouts to the rank of Eagle, the most of any troop in Southwest Michigan.  A firm believer in the camping experience, Clark's scouts logged more than 25 days a year encamped; only 10 days are required each year.  Clark once argued that the job of Scoutmaster is far too important for a volunteer and should legitimately be a paid position. 

Bob married Frankie T. Thompson in 1981, she died in June 2007.

Surviving are sons, Kim R. (Susan) Clark of Redlands, California and Lance R. (Pamela) Clark of Savannah, TN; step-daughter, Barbara Ann (Micheal) O'Leary of Alta, N.M.; six grandchildren; and sister, Ruth H. Peck of Kalamazoo.  He was preceded in death by his sister, Rosalyn H. Ricketson.

A private family interment is planned for the Spring.

 Memorials may be made to Boy Scouts of America.

The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home.

Funeral Home

Shaw Funeral Homes
2838 Capital Ave Sw Battle Creek, MI 49015
(269) 979-3838

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Apr. 6, 2014