Gerald A. (Jerry) Clark, 89, died peacefully at his home in Midland, on Saturday, April 12, 2014, with his loving wife, Cheryl by his side. This was made possible by the exceptional care provided by MidMichigan Hospice, Bayside Home Care and dear family friend, Andy Hopkins, to whom the family extends its gratitude.
Jerry was born in Thrift City (now Flint), Oct. 17, 1924, to the late Floyd and Alice (Seely) Clark. He graduated from Grand Blanc High School in 1942, and volunteered for the draft in 1943, serving as a Staff Sergeant radio operator in the Army's 257th Field Artillery Battalion during World War II
in the European theater, including the Battle of the Bulge. Jerry returned home in 1946 and attended Michigan State (College) on the GI Bill, receiving his Master of Science degree in 1951.
Jerry married Lila Mae Torrey in 1948. Into this union there were four children born, Christine, Barbara, David and Nancy. Following their divorce, Jerry married Cheryl (Babcock-Sanders) in 1975, becoming the stepfather of Robin and Derek Sanders.
Jerry worked for The Dow Chemical Co. from 1951 until 1982. While working in the Analytical Labs, he authored and co-authored 19 patents. He moved into production and then retired as a research manager in Pharmaceutical Pilot Plants.
Following his Dow career, Jerry helped to organize and held positions with Quantum Composites, vice president; Mantech International, vice president; Midland Engineering Limited, president; Professional Education Management, Inc., president; and Omni Tech International. In 2013, he retired as president of Professional Personnel Michigan, Inc., a company he co-owned with Glenn Blystone.
Hunting and fishing were second only to his beloved family. He held a 29-year Ducks Unlimited sponsorship in the Midland Chapter. Jerry's community service spans six decades. In the 50's and 60's, he was a charter member of the Midland Sportsmen's Club and the Midland Curling Club.
Jerry served on committees at the First United Methodist Church during their early construction years as well as in the 1990's. He was a member of the Midland Chamber of Commerce and The American Legion Post #165. Jerry was also a charter member, past president and lifetime member of Rotary Club
of Midland Morning, and was named a Paul Harris Fellow. He was also a 64-year member of the American Chemical Society. He also served as a charter member and past commodore of the AuGres Yacht Club.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 39 years, Cheryl (Babcock-Sanders) Clark of Midland; six children, Christine Molick (Heyward) Gayle of Irmo, S.C., Barbara (Marshall) Dietz of Cary, N.C., David (Cheryl) Clark of Irmo, S.C., Nancy (George) John of Irmo, S.C., Robin (T.J.) Koss of Midland, and Derek (Katie) Sanders of Midland; grandchildren, Jennifer (Joel) Collinson, Fuquay Varina, N.C., David (Kelly) Dietz, Holly Springs, N.C., Stephanie Molick, West Columbia, S.C., Nicole (Phil) Clark, Irmo S.C., Christina Clark (Marty Geiersbach), Bay City, Jay John, Irmo, S.C., Lauren Clark, Columbia, S.C., Timothy and James Koss, and Brendan and Nolan Sanders all of Midland; great-grandsons, Trevor and Austin Collinson, Fuquay Varina, N.C., and Caleb and Landon Clark, Irmo, S.C. Also surviving is a brother, James (Judy) Clark of East Tawas; and sister, Maxine (Robert) Torrey of Bruson, Calif.; as well as many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, Midland, Saturday, April 19 at 1 p.m. The family will receive friends at the Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler St., on Friday, April 18, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., as well as one hour before the service on Saturday, at First United Methodist Church.
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