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Douglas F. Clarke

Posted 2020-09-13 by Pat R
Wickenburg Sun (Wickenburg, Arizona)
Wednesday, July 29, 2020, p. A-5

Douglas F. Clarke, 90, passed away peacefully at his residence in Mishawaka, Ind., on the morning of Monday, June 29, 2020. Douglas was born on Sept. 13, 1929 in Vancouver, British Columbia, to the late Fremont and Jean (Williams) Clarke.

Douglas graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology before obtaining a position as a mechanical engineer at Bendix--Allied Signal. There Douglas met his wife, Barbara, and they were united in marriage on Oct. 3, 1953. Douglas went on to serve over 40 years as a mechanical engineer, retiring from Bendix in 1991. From 1954 to 1956, Douglas proudly served in the United States Army.

Douglas was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and a remote-controlled airplane enthusiast. He had many friends at his winter home in Wickenburg, and enjoyed his walks through the desert. Douglas never met a stranger and was lovingly called "Mr. Friendly" by his family. He was a devoted husband and father, loving grandfather and great-grandfather, and a cherished brother, uncle, cousin and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his loving wife of 66 years, Barbara M. (Montague) Clarke, Douglas is survived by his children, Stephen D. (Ruth) Clarke of Painesville, Ohio; Michael R. Clarke of Mobile, Ala.; James F. (Kimberly) Clarke of Middlebury, Ind.; and Laura J. (Ben) Broadstreet of Osceola, Ind.; seven grandchildren, Patrick, Michelle, Kara, Jeremy, Tyler, Ryan and Zachary; five great-grandchildren, Ian, Landon, Aubrey, Natalia and Miles; sister, Peg Verdery of Park City, Utah; as well as a host of extended family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Douglas was preceded in death by a sister, Cathryn Bissell, and a granddaughter, Kristin Clarke.

Funeral services for Mr. Douglas F. Clarke was held Friday, July 3, 2020 at 1 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1501 Cleveland Road, South Bend, Ind. Mr. David Abbott officiated. Friends called on the family for visitation from 5 - 8 p.m., Thursday, July 2, at Palmer Funeral Homes--Welsheimer Chapel North, 17033 Cleveland Road, South Bend, with additional visitation from noon-1 p.m. on Friday at the church prior to the service. The family requested that all funeral and visitation attendees abide by St. Joseph County social distancing requirements and wear a mask or facial covering. Graveside services and burial followed at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park in Granger, Ind.

Contributions in memory of Douglas may be donated to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 150 Cleveland Road, South Bend, IN 46628.

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