Richard Ward Clark

Richard Ward Clark (BS Mech Egr ’51), age 88, of Vestaburg, Mich., formerly of Jackson, died April 21, 2011, at Gratiot Medical Center in Alma. Clark was born February 5, 1923, in Dowagiac, Mich., the son of Roger and Iva (Granger) Clark. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps during WWII from November 27, 1942, until his honorable discharge on December 13, 1944. He received a Purple Heart for his service to his country.

After graduating from MSU, Clark worked as a structural engineer for Gilbert Commonwealth in Jackson and Planet Corporation in Lansing, retiring in 1985. Clark helped construct the plans for the trolley that runs through the St. Louis Arch.

After retirement he and his wife, Helen, moved to their home on Bass Lake in Vestaburg. He was a member of the VFW and enjoyed fishing. Richard is survived by three sons, Dan, Chris, and Brian; seven grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary (Tom) Wilfred. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Barbara; second wife, Helen, in 2009; and a son, D'Arcy.