Elton Black & Son Funeral Home

1233 Union Lake Road, White Lake, MI


Richard James Clark

July 12, 1930July 14, 2019

CLARK, Richard James born July 12, 1930 died July 14, 2019. Preceded in death by his wife of 63 years Cleo (McCracken), parents Kenneth & Ellen (Campbell), siblings Janice Nicholson (Harvey), Marjorie Walker (Dennis), John, and Kelly, children Patrick, James “Marty” and Donald.

Surviving Mr. Clark are siblings Phyllis Kuenzel (Dave), Linda Cannon (Fred), Iva Martin (Al), Roger (Cherrie), Susan Walker (John) and Russ (Eve), children Richard (Karen), Lorraine Sharp (Kirk), Gus (Pam) and Darlene Libby (Al), 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Mr. Clark is also survived by many, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A caring, helpful and hard-working man who had a low tolerance for ignorance. A unique one-of-a kind personality which was hard to resist. Handsome and flirty with the ladies. Don’t tell Cleo; although she knew. He had a love of country music; the fine tunes of yesterday’s Hank Williams Sr., Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Meryl Haggard, Loretta Lynn to name a few. It wasn’t rare to hear arguing during a “friendly” game of canasta or even being accused of playing off suit in euchre. And of course, don’t forget penny-ante game nights. He was the life of a party or the party was the life of him. A jack of all trades, a master of none he’s been called. Radio/Television repair (remember those old tube TV’s he used to repair?), auto-mechanic, auto-body repair, security guard, truck driver to name of few jobs over his years. Old-time Western movies on a lazy Saturday. So much to tell, not enough space. Many places, many houses – Florida (one hurricane and outta there!), California, Arizona, Michigan and more. But one place was always home … where-ever Cleo was too. Now they are together, home with our Lord. Dick will be missed by many, but never forgotten.

A memorial is being planned. Family and friends will be notified when details are complete.


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Richard James Clark

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