George Clark

George O. Clark Jr.

George O. Clark Jr. was born on August 12, 1929 in Battle Creek, Michigan to George O. Clark, Sr. and Chanda Kirby Clark. He has many brothers and sisters: Jo Ellen Upston of Tekonsha, Michigan; Marda Lou Boston of Coldwater, Michigan; James D. Clark of Battle Creek, Michigan; Juanita Prater of Oklahoma (deceased) and Kenneth Clark of Tekonsha, Michigan (deceased). George Clark passed from this life on October 26, 2013 at his home in Burlington, Michigan from a long illness, with his wife Ilah and son David at his bedside.

After graduating in 1948 from Tekonsha high school, George served in the Navy, and then returned to Michigan. Not long after, he met and married his first wife, Mary Lou Grotbo. He received his B.A. and later a Master of Arts from Western Michigan University. George and Mary Lou had four children: Debra Parkhurst of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Brenda Jellies of Mattawan, Michigan, David Clark of Burlington, Michigan and Tim Clark of Battle Creek, Michigan (deceased). Some time after the death of Mary Lou, George married Ilah Dollins of Clio, MI. In addition to his siblings, wife, and children, George is survived by his grandchildren: Bryan Mayes of Battle Creek, Michigan; Maggie Pezzullo of Elk Rapids, Michigan; Lucas Clark of Torch Lake, Michigan and Madeline Clark of Kewadin, Michigan. He also has three great-grandchildren.

George was an art teacher in the Battle Creek Public School system serving first at Northwestern Junior High and then at Central High School. He was a member and minister in the Community of Christ church (a.k.a. Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) and attended the Battle Creek and Coldwater congregations. In his later years he also attended the Burlington Church of God. He was an avid outdoorsman his entire life, and loved hunting deer and turkey as well as fishing.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 Monday, November 4 at Lighthouse Funeral 634 Mendon Rd, Union City Michigan. There will be a private interment at Fort Custer. Donations are requested in lieu of flowers to Oaklawn Hospice at or the Parkinson's Disease Foundation at

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Oct. 30, 2013