Robert D. Clark, Jr.
Robert D Clark, Jr. passed away on November 4, 2019.
Bob, as he is known to his family and countless friends, lived by a simple maxim: to bring a smile to someone's face every single day. On most days, Bob surpassed this goal dozens of times over, often encountering someone for the first time only to leave with a newfound friend, and always treating every human interaction as an opportunity to spread joy.
Bob was born on November 17, 1938 to Elaine M Clark and Robert D Clark, Sr. in Flushing, NY. He grew up in Hammond, Indiana. When he was not playing baseball and hanging out with his friends, Bob looked after his little sister Karen Hammel, of Lakewood, CO, whom he always adored.
Bob attended Butler University, graduating in 1961. While at Butler, Bob was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He cherished his fraternity brothers and memories of their hijinks, most of which will remain unspoken. After college, Bob served his country in the US Air Force achieving the rank of First Lieutenant.
Bob married Judy A Aubrey and had two children, Kenneth (Micki) Clark, of Groton, CT, and Kyle (Stephanie) Clark, of Brownsburg, IN. He lived in Logansport, IN for 20 years, working first as a regional director for the Boy Scouts of America and then as an insurance agent for Northwestern Mutual Life. Throughout Bob's professional life, he always put his clients first.
Bob remarried to the love of his life, Theodora (Teddy) Merritt Bray of Clemson, SC, and became a second father to her sons Bray (Leyla) Becker of Oak Hill, VA, Merritt (Jill) Becker of Culver, IN, and Ted (Karen) Becker of Atlanta, GA. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, and one deceased.
Bob's knack for whimsy and adventure have been a blessing to all who have known him, but are a special source of delight from his grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, who remember going on guided walks on the "fairy trail", finding cryptic notes from the house troll, sledding in New Hampshire, baking (and eating!) the best cookies anywhere, making milkshakes, solving logic puzzles, eating cheese toasties, singing silly songs, planting flowers, making breakfast for everyone in the ubiquitous electric skillet, and most of all, learning to fish.
Bob's greatest passion was fishing. As he said, he would never miss an opportunity to wet a line wherever there was water, frozen or liquid. For 30 years, he annually gathered up his closest friends and family to travel to the North Star Lodge in Ontario, Canada, where there was no phone or electricity, but plenty of fishing and camaraderie. In between the annual trips, Bob fished every lake, pond, river, and stream he could find with friends, grandkids, or sometimes just alone with the tranquility of the water.
In retirement, Bob was quick to volunteer anywhere he felt he could bring joy and comfort, including the Episcopal Church, community centers, and hospice. He never missed an opportunity to express to others how blessed he was.
Bob's family would like to invite those whose lives he touched to celebrate Bob at a memorial service at Christ the King Episcopal Church (1224 N Jefferson St, Huntington IN) on Saturday, November 23. Visitation with family will be at 10 am with the service starting at 11 am. Donations in lieu of flowers should be made to Visiting Nurse Hospice at www.vnfw.org or Christ the King Church.
Published on November 17, 2019

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