Melvin Ray Wark

March 21, 1942September 7, 2020

WARK, Melvin Ray, 78, a United States Navy Veteran, passed away on September 07, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Opal Wark. He is survived by his wife, Ruthann J. Wark; daughters, Jennifer Adler and her husband, Jeffrey Adler, and Victoria Zamora; sons, Joseph J. Wark and his fiancé Stephanie Jacobs, and Theodore Zamora; grandchildren, Violet Wark, Joseph Wark, Ava Friedman, James Friedman, Asher Adler, Natalie Rosenfeld, and Matthew Zamora; and sisters in Montana, Joann Squires and Sandra L. Meyers. No services are scheduled. To sign the guestbook online, and to share memories and send condolences and well-wishes to the family, please visit,


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Pete Marselle

September 16, 2020

I met Bill in 1973 October 8th to be exact while in the waiting room of ravenswood hospital waiting for our wifes to give birth and worked with Bill many years while employed with the CTA.
Deepest condolences to the family.

walter Thomas

September 16, 2020

Dear Ruth Ann and family, please accept our condolences. Bill was a great guy and dedicated manager. I remember bringing work to your house, while Bill was recuperating from an injury. Only Bill would go to this great length to get the project finished. Whether it was a home project or work, Bill would always give a helping hand!
Thirty years ago , I mentioned to Bill that I was going to Colorado to ski, Bill immediately offered to lend me his double lens ski goggles, the goggles never fogged -up! I know this saved a ski accident.
Bill will always be remembered as a caring and dedicated friend.
Ruth Ann, we are so sorry for your loss,
Walt and Mary Beth Thomas

Kenneth Fabian

September 15, 2020

Back in 1975 when I started my career as a Chicago Transit Authority bus operator, Bill was one of my line instructors. Bill was very knowledgeable about how to safely operate a bus. I learned many things from Bill about the CTA and also some pointers on life. Bill was always there to lend an ear to help out if you were having a problem or even if you just needed a answer to a question. After he moved out west I observed that he took up painting. I always looked forward to seeing his latest work of art. Bill had many friends and I'm glad that I was one of them. My condolences to Bills family. Rest in Peace my friend.

Roy Pickartz

September 15, 2020

Our sincere condolences to Ruthann and family. Bill will be missed. It was such a surprise to hear he had passed.

Roy and Judy

John B. Austin, Jr.

September 15, 2020

To Brother Wark's family he was and is a great man. I as a CTA family member will miss him with that kind smile.
John B. Austin, Jr.

Kevin Grayer

September 15, 2020

God's Blessing to family of Bill Wark, he and I were co-worker's at Chicago Ave. Garage. (May he rest in peace)

God Bless
Kevin Grayer

Bill Platt

September 10, 2020

My sincere condolences to Ruth Ann and the entire family

In Bill was one of the great men at the Chicago Transit Authority.

We worked together at Chicago Avenue Garage for several years.

He was an incredibly hard worker and we shared many projects and lots of laughs together.

He was always the best amongst us.

God bless you my friend.

I will miss you but will see you again.


Bill Platt

Tracy Kryczka

September 9, 2020

Rest in peace Uncle Bill. You enjoyed life and your family to the fullest. You will be missed.

Bob Protter

September 9, 2020

Nancy & I are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. We are thinking of his family in this time of sorrow. He will be missed.

Raymond and Paulette Gebele

September 9, 2020

To our Special Guy from Montana who loved cherry pie and laughter, oh how he loved the laughter! Our hearts well always remember most . what it has loved. You are missed!


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