RAPID RIVER - Benjamin F. Clark, 77, passed away Saturday evening, March 1, 2014, at his home in Rapid River.
Ben was born Jan. 22, 1937, in Piqua, Ohio, the son of Harold W. and Frances (Irwin) Clark. He was raised in Dayton, Ohio, and attended the Kaiser High School. At the age of 17, Ben went to work at Shannon Buick Dealership before enlisting in the United States Army where he served from 1957 to 1959. Following his discharge, Ben returned to Dayton where he gained employment at White-Allen Chevrolet. On March 11, 1961,
Ben was united in marriage to the former Linda Iiames, in Indiana, and together the couple made their home and raised their family in Dayton. Ben continued working for White-Allen Chevrolet, in the Parts and Service Department, until his retirement in 1995 following 38 years of employment.
Benjamin F. Clark
He and Linda then relocated to Rapid River where they have resided for the past 19 years. Ben had a great passion for fishing. In addition, he enjoyed camping and attending his daily "coffee clutch" at several restaurants in Rapid River. He will be deeply missed.
Ben is survived by his loving wife, Linda; son, Donald R. Clark of Evansville, Ind.; daughters, Theresa (Denny) Hunter of Rapid River, Robin Clark of Rapid River; sister, Nancy Turner of Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren, Craig (Karanda), Angie, and Kyle Hunter, and Andy Clark; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Skylor, Morgan, Gavin and Benjamin; sister-in-law, Carol Clark of Rapid River. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
His parents, Harold and Frances; brothers, Donald and Herman Clark; grandson, Jason Hunter; and brother-in-law, Bill Turner, preceded Ben in death.
Ben's family will receive friends on Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Escanaba.
Funeral services will follow visiting hours at 3 p.m. on Thursday at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church with Bishop Rayford Ray officiating. Luncheon will follow in St. Stephen's fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to OSF Hospice. Envelopes will be available throughout visitation or at the Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County. Ben will be laid to rest in the Rapid River Cemetery in the spring. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Clark family with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be offered online at www.skradskifuneralhomes.com.