Richard "Dick" Clark, 81, of Edwardsville, joined his fellow angels in heaven on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.
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He was the son of the late Claude and Ada Clark. He was employed by Matheson Warehouse, Forty Fort, for 47 years, and Newcomb Brothers prior to that.
Known affectionately as "Poppa Bear," Dick was genuine, selfless, compassionate and kindhearted, and always put others first, never giving up when things got tough. Through it all, he'd tell you he "felt like a million bucks," as he had a zest for life like no other. All who knew him knew of his incredible optimism and love for family, friends and life, which were evident every time he said his famous and sincere words, "God bless you" and "God bless America." He had said that all good things don't live forever, but what he didn't realize is how extraordinary of a man he truly was, leaving the world a better place, and leaving a legacy of love and generosity in those whose lives he's touched.
He was one of the grandest of men to have lived on this earth. He built a family of trust, love and hope, right from birth. He was man of great dignity, honor and strength; his merits were noble, and of admirable length. He was far greater as far as men go; he was "dad," "pop," mentor, friend and hero.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Doris, Betty Jane, Lola, Mary Helen, Virginia, Fran; and his brothers, Robert, Donald, Ronald, Kenneth and Glen.
He will be greatly missed by his wife of 59 years, Terry; with whom he celebrated 59 years of marriage Nov. 6, 2013; daughters, Michelle and her husband, Phillip Weaver; Diane and her husband, Joseph Sabach; and son, Richard J. Clark and his wife, Carol; grandchildren, Jennifer Mutchler Jacobs, Jeffrey Mutchler, Christine and Stacey Clark, Heather and Lindsay Migliacco. He is also survived by sisters, Ruth Ann and Norma Jean; and brother, Paul; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the entire staff at Geisinger Henry Cancer Center and River Street Manor, Wilkes Barre.
The funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday from Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, with the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, Kingston. Interment will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery.
Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
For information or to send the family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website at hughbhughes.com.
Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc.
1044 Wyoming Ave
Forty Fort, PA 18704
Published in Citizens' Voice on Nov. 11, 2013