Duane Keith Lark

August 24, 1936September 12, 2021

Duane Keith Lark, age 85, passed away Sunday, September 12, 2021. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jo Lark; parents Corvis and Evelyn Lark; and siblings Louise Woodruff, Alex Lark, Raymond Lark, and James Lark. He is survived by his children Jeff (Traci) Lark, Lauri (Doug) Belstra, Randy (Sonia) Lark, Ed Lark, Chuck (Ruth) Lark; grandchildren Corvis (Emilee), Holli (CJ), Travis (Rachel), Amber, Kami (Dan), Hunter, Spike, Brett (Chloe), Sarah (Chris), Kyle (Megan), Katie (Clint), Molly (Erik), Matt (Kendra); 16 great-grandchildren; sisters Iris (Bob) Ulrich, Barb (Weldon) Nordine; and many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Duane was a hunter who enjoyed hunting his entire life - especially at Lark’s Tree Farm for the past 30 years. He was known for his sense of humor. As a child, he survived polio, was hard working, and his grit and determination was an inspiration to his family and friends. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching his children's and grandchildren’s activities with his wife, Betty. One of his favorite pastimes was watching western movies and shows. He was beloved by his family and his many friends.

Per his wishes, cremation has taken place and no memorial services will be held. Duane will be laid to rest next to Betty at Grandville Cemetery. In memory of Duane and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at


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Mike Woodruff

September 16, 2021

Rest in peace, Uncle Duane—my much-admired uncle. You overcame life’s challenges, and inspired us to emulate you—to live our lives well. I remember your bout with polio and how you recovered, and I was proud to serve as ring-bearer in yours and Aunt Betty’s wedding party. You encouraged me throughout my early adulthood—when I was a young airman—and I’ll always treasure the conversation we had before my Iraq deployment. I pray that the Good Lord will allow us to meet again in His heavenly kingdom.

Jack Burley

September 15, 2021

Grew up with Dwayne
So many memories
He was in my wedding party
A great loss
Jack Burley

Karen Van Ham

September 14, 2021

May God give your family comfort to help you all through this sad time.Ray and I were neighbors of Duane and Betty for over 20 years, and we had many good times together .

Marv Fouty

September 14, 2021

The Lark house was really a neighborhood home to me and many many of my friends. Duane always asking how weightlifting was going and Betty always offering to feed you whatever was cooking. And it seemed like she was always cooking something. Mr. Lark was such an encourager to me. Even though he wasn't my dad, I always wanted to make him proud of me. I'm sending love and prayers to all of the Lark family for peace as you grieve the loss of your dad. He was truly a great man and your mom was the angel at his side.

Laurel Belstra

September 13, 2021

We were watching all those westerns & laughing how Great it would be to ride off into the sunset and you did Dad,so proud to be your Daughter,will miss those long talks lol ❤❤❤Love ya Dude eee!❤ ❤😘

Jim Smits

September 13, 2021

Sending prayers for Peace, Strength and Hope. I’m truly blessed to have the known Duane and the rest of the Lark family. Thanks for all the great memories-until we meet up again. Smitty

Dave and Dawn Feenstra

September 13, 2021

Dearest Lark family,
We are praying for peace and comfort for all of you at this difficult time. Words cannot express our gratitude for Duane and Betty's love and influence on our lives. We can honestly say, like many others, that Duane and Betty cared enough to change the path of our lives for the better. We spent countless hours in the Monte Carlo heading to MSU, CMU, and Ferris State to watch football and eat banquet chicken. We enjoyed many times at the tree farm hunting, playing cards, and laughing ourselves to tears.
We remember Christmas Eve at Lark's and singing the night away. As we gave thanks for the birth of Christ and the love we shared for each other.