Roger William Clarke August 3, 1944 - May 18, 2013 A devoted son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather and deeply-committed Christian, Roger Clarke is survived by his wife Debra, son Kenneth, daughter Allison, daughter-in-law Laura Biddle Clarke, son-in-law William Headlee, grandson David Headlee, granddaughters Kacy Clarke and Piper Headlee, sister Janice Clark and mother-in-law, Jeanne Sohn.Born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Reba and William Clarke, Roger earned a BA from Baldwin Wallace College and a MBA from Kent State University, where he met his wife of 43 years on a blind date. Roger spent many years of his career with the General Electric Company, including positions in Minnesota, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Maine, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. He retired from BAE Systems in 2008.A lover of art, libraries, country music, Hilton Head Island, and his dog Walker, Roger's family ancestry traces back to the first American colony of Jamestown, VA. A service will be held at Six Oaks Cemetery, Hilton Head Island, on Thursday, May 23 at 10:00 a.m. A memorial service will be held in Fort Wayne, Indiana in the coming weeks.In lieu of flowers, donations should be given in Roger's memory to The Church of the Holy Spirit, 587 Baird St, Akron, OH, 44311, Inasmuch at www.broadwaychristian.org/outreach or the Pritzker Military Library at www.pritzkermilitarylibrary.org. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. www.theislandfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Island Packet from May 21 to June 21, 2013