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Richard Clark

November 10, 1926 ~ April 23, 2022 (age 95)

Obituary

Richard "Dick" Ervin Clark passed away April 23, 2022, in Clermont, FL. He was born November 10, 1926, in Detroit, MI the son of Ervin Clark and Vera (Coleman) Ross.

Dick served in the Merchant Marines during WWII; recently receiving his medals for his service on September 21, 2018.

On October 1, 1947, Dick was united in marriage to Nettie L. Lewis. They had five children. Nettie preceded him in death February 10, 2012.

Dick traveled extensively throughout the world and the United States. One of his most memorable trips was taking the Honor Flight to Washington DC in 2016.

Dick had many jobs in his younger years, but he said taking a Dale Carnegie class at age 35 changed his life. He became a well-respected insurance agent and investment representative, retiring in 1998. He touched many people's lives, always for the better.

Dick is survived by his brother, Robert (Mary) Clark; sister-in-law, Jeanette Clark; four children, Cherri (James) Rafferty, Jerry (Kathy) Clark, Larry Clark, and Rick (Dianne) Clark; 9 grandchildren, Gina Papineau, Mike Szekely, Stephanie Szekely, Jennifer Frowine, Ashley Billman, Ja'Nay Windmoeller, Erin Clark, Andrew Clark, and Jeremy Clark; 14 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by his wife, Nettie; daughter, Terri Szekely; grandson, Sean Emery; parents; and brother, Clayton Clark.

Following the loss of his beloved Nettie, he enjoyed eight happy years with Lorene (Lamson) Clark, who survives.

Cremation took place in Clermont, FL with a memorial service at The First Baptist Church in Winter Garden, FL, where he was a member. A memorial service will be held 12:00 Noon, Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at Langeland Family Funeral Homes Burial & Cremation Services, 622 S. Burdick St, Kalamazoo MI 49007 where Dick's family will receive guests beginning at 10:30. Private inurnment services will be held in Yorkville Cemetery.

Dick's last written words on April 14, 2022: "I am not a lucky man; I am a blessed man."

Services

Memorial Visitation
Tuesday
June 21, 2022

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Langeland Family Funeral Homes Burial & Cremation Services, Memorial Chapel
622 S Burdick St
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Memorial Service
Tuesday
June 21, 2022

12:00 PM
Langeland Family Funeral Homes Burial & Cremation Services, Memorial Chapel
622 S Burdick St
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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