Born: October 01, 1949
Died: June 19, 2010
Frank Alan Clark died in Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday, June 19 2010.
Frank was born on October 1, 1949, to Richard and Rachel Clark of Meredosia, IL. 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, AZ. Frank and Sharon ultimately settled in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2006.
Survivors include: wife, Sharon Clark of Laveen, AZ; mother Rachel Clark of Meredosia; siblings Ted Clark (Nancy) of Springfield, Lenora Fischer of Peoria, Reba Cloyd (Monty) of New Berlin; children Jeff Clark (Heather) of Smyrna, GA, Chris Clark of Davenport IA, Nicole Rod (Michael) of Littleton, CO; stepson Wesley Rasmussen of Phoenix, AZ; and grandchildren Braden Clark and Molly Rod.
Services will be held 6:00 pm Monday, July 12, 2010, 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.