Frank Alan Clark died in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday, June 19, 2010.
Frank was born on Oct. 1, 1949, to Richard and Rachel Clark of Meredosia.
He graduated from Meredosia-Chambersburg High School in 1967, where he played on the football team and played drums in the band. Frank attended Western Illinois University in pursuit of an engineering degree, but the government intervened in his education in 1969 when he was sent to serve in Vietnam in the 173rd Airborne Brigade. After leaving the Army in 1971, Frank married Rebecca Coleman and had three children, Jeff, Chris and Nicole.
Frank's love for engineering began with the training he received from the Operating Engineers Local 965. This allowed him to pursue his career with John Deere in the Construction and Forestry Division and for the past 30 years he has traveled the world over in this endeavor. He was also a Lay member of the Society of the Divine Savior and a Freemason.
In 2003, Frank married Sharon Rasmussen and relocated to Phoenix. Frank and Sharon ultimately settled in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2006.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon Clark of Laveen, Ariz.; mother, Rachel Clark of Meredosia; siblings, Ted Clark (Nancy) of Springfield, Lenora Fischer of Peoria and Reba Cloyd (Monty) of New Berlin; children, Jeff Clark (Heather) of Smyrna, Ga., Chris Clark of Davenport Iowa, and Nicole Rod (Michael) of Littleton, Colo.; stepson, Wesley Rasmussen of Phoenix; and grandchildren, Braden Clark and Molly Rod.
Services will be held 6 p.m. Monday at the Buchannan & Cody Funeral Home in Meredosia. A reception will follow the service at the Church of Christ Fellowship Hall in Meredosia. All family and friends are welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Frank Clark, SDS Memorial Fund, c/o Fr. Thomas Tureman, SDS, 4033 Bacopa Place, Lexington, KY 40509-9045. Donations will assist the needy in the Salvatorian Mission of Tanzania. The online memorial book may be signed at www.buchanancody.com.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on July 8, 2010