William Leo Clark
August 20, 1942 – July 24, 2020
William “Bill” Leo Clark August 20, 1942 – July 24th, 2020 (age 77)
Obituary William “Bill” Leo Clark, age 77 of Lombard, Il, passed away on Friday July 24th, 2020 at his home with his wife by his side. He was born on August 20th, 1942 in Wisconsin Rapids, WI, to the late Archie and Bernice (Roloff) Clark. Bill married Verna Lee Dierking on April 18th, 1964 in Des Plaines, IL. Bill worked in the trucking industry for 44 years until he retired in 2007. He was member of the Masonic Lodge for 50 years. He gave of his time to many charities and was a mentor to many young people. Bill was an excellent baseball player who passed along his love of the game to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He enjoyed playing golf, loved to go hunting, fishing, riding and working on his tractors, but most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. He had a love for his dogs, from his first dogs Ace, Sam, McQ, Rufus, Jasper, to his last dog Abby and many dogs in between. He always had his companion by his side. He was a friend to everyone and made time to stop and visit. Bill always left you with words of wisdom, a smart comment or an I Love You. Bill is lovingly remembered and survived by his wife, Verna, of 56 years, four children, Susie (Greg) Torchia of Hampshire, Cindy (Jim) DeStefano) of Glen Ellyn, Bill Clark of Lombard, Cheryl (Marc) Berger of Glen Ellyn: 11 Grandchildren, Michael (Jackie) DeStefano, Matthew Clark, Nicholas DeStefano, Nicole Pagor, Daniel DeStefano, Sarah DeStefano, Branden Berger, Ethan Berger, Teagan King, Caylen Berger, Kyla Berger: 3 Great Grandchildren, James DeStefano, Alexander DeStefano, Oliver DeStefano: 2 brothers, Robert (Mary) Clark, Bruce (Sue) Clark: 1 sister, Sandy (Merril) Cork: and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Archie and Bernice Clark, his brother Arthur Clark and two sisters, Patricia Hawkins and Barbara Garbacz-Rush. If you asked 100 people who Bill Clark was, they would all give you their own story. When his grandchildren were asked this question these were their responses: He was funny, out spoken, wise, a hero, a family man, strong, loveable, kind, a story teller, a role model, “hillbilly”, a pyromaniac, a mentor, a keeper of secrets (confidant), a best friend, important, knew how to make a room laugh and light up all at once, dependable, selfless – because he always put everyone’s needs before his own and took care of his family at any cost, the best Papa, idol, nosy, no filter, honest, remarkable, caring, beautiful, heart filled and amazing. A human life is a collection of stories, we can’t wait for you to share your stories about Bill with us when we celebrate his life. A Celebration of Life Open House will take place on Saturday, August 8th, 2020 from 12:00 – 5:00 pm at his home. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made directly to the family.
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William Leo Clark
Beth and Chuck King
August 2, 2020
Bill was always the same loving caring funny happy man. He was always the first to greet my husband and I when we would visit my sister next door to them. Sadly my sister moved as did I . However whenever I talk about that part of my lifetime visiting my sister and her family I always bring Bill and Verna to the story as part of those fond memories. Love you Verna and God's speed Bill, rest soundly.
July 26, 2020
July 26, 2020
My heart is broken and will never heal completely. You were the best dad a girl could ask for. You loved wholeheartedly and were loved by so many. I will miss your face, I will miss your voice, I will miss your hugs, your phone calls, your impromptu visits, our Saturday morning donuts, but most of all I will miss hugging you and getting that "I love you". You will always be my daddy and I will love you forever. We know you will be watching over the family and guiding us in the right direction. Don't worry about mom, we've got this! Thank you, thank you, for being my daddy! I LOVE YOU!