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Donald Clark Sr.

Donald Lee Clark Sr., 85, of Troy, born October 29, 1933 in Saint Louis, Missouri, passed away surrounded by his family on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Cedarhurst of Shiloh.

Donald was a self-made man, devoted husband, father and adventurer. He worked hard to give his family a better life. He came from humble beginnings and embodied the American dream. Donald believed education, strong moral values, commitment to family and persistence were the keys to a successful life.

Donald faithfully served his country in the United States Army. Like many, he utilized the G.I. Bill to become an electrician and later earned a degree in management. He retired from a long and successful career at Monsanto and PC&E.

Others would have been satisfied to spend their retirement in leisure, but Donald chose a different path. He and his wife Rosemary created a successful housing rehab and rental business. He was a member of the Troy Planning Commission and volunteered with the Historical Society of Washington County. He loved to ride bicycles and play tennis. Donald volunteered his time and construction skills to help others on a regular basis.

Never afraid to try new things Donald earned a black belt in karate in his late sixties, became fluent in Spanish, and hiked the Grand Canyon alone at the age of 72.

Donald’s family was the epicenter of his life. He was determined to teach them the value of hard work and service to others. He may have been small in stature but he left a huge footprint with anyone that knew him. His wife and children are eternally grateful for his support and love.

Surviving are the love of his life, his wife Rosemary (nee LoBuono) Clark of Troy, whom he married on November 26, 1954; children, Angee Clark-Hellon of Troy, Sally Bartlett (Bob Leonhardt) of Mount Olive, Donald L. Clark II and Rhonda Clark of Troy and John G. Clark and Kendra Clark of Grayslake; grandchildren, Philip R. Kirkpatrick and Jeanette Kirkpatrick, John-David Kirkpatrick, Jaqueline Goodand Jarrod Good, Adrienne Fisk and T.J. Fisk, Donald Clark III and Jennifer Clark and Gabrielle Clark; great-grandchildren, Rayne Smith, Lillie, Rowan, Raven and Declan Clark, Marshall and Veronica Good, Daphne and Russell Fisk, Aidan, Kellan and Cooper Kirkpatrick; best friend, Marvin Gass;

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dorman E. and Elsie M. (nee Malin) Clark; brother Dorman “Gene” Clark; his sister Judy Busekrus; and sons-in-law Michael Bartlett and Bill Hellon.

Friends may call on Friday, March 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Richeson Funeral Home in Troy. A life celebration will follow from 7 to 8 p.m.

Visitation will continue on Saturday, March 2 from 9 to 10 a.m. at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Troy.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 2 at St. Jerome Catholic Church with Fr. Kevin Laughrey officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Illinois Patriot Guard Riders or Alzheimer’s Association. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.Richesonfh.com.

Richeson Funeral Home in Troy is in charge of arrangements.

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