Kenneth Paul Clark, 85, of Granite City, Ill., born on Aug. 28, 1927, in St. Francisville, Ill., passed away on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, in Punta Gorda, Fla., where he spent his winters with his wife Mavis, nee Tyler, Clark.
On Nov. 28, 1948, Kenneth married Mavis Tyler, the love of his life. He served in the Merchant Marines on the SS Marine Swallow in 1947 and served in the Army
from 1949 until 1952. Richard attended SIU in Edwardsville, Ill. He retired from the Illinois American Water Company as a chemist, after many years of service. He enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, camping, hunting and gardening; his greatest love was sailing. Kenneth was a man of many talents, one of which was being an accomplished gunsmith.
Kenneth, the youngest of ten children, was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Dora Clark; his son, Michael Clark and his brothers and sisters.
Surviving Kenneth are his loving wife, Mavis Clark; loving nieces and nephews, Danny (Tina) Tyler, Diane (Mike) McManamy, Darrell (Dawne) Tyler; great-nieces, great-nephews and his darling dog, Molly.
Kenneth was always called Uncle Pauli by his nieces and nephews, he will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Memorial donations may be given to the Boys Scouts of America and will be accepted at the funeral chapel. www.irwinchapel.com
Visitation: Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Rd. Granite City, Ill.
Funeral: In celebration of his life, a funeral service will be held at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 at the funeral chapel with the Rev. Charles West officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, Ill.
IRWIN CHAPEL, Granite City, Ill.