|May 18, 1927 - August 24, 2011|
|Rock Island, Illinois|
|Visitation: 5-7 pm, Friday, August 26, 2011 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan, IL|
|Funeral Service: 10 am, Saturday, August 27, 2011 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Moline, IL|
|Interment: August 27, 2011 at Rock Island Memorial Park Cemetery |
|Bill Clark, 84, of Rock Island, died Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at Avonlea Cottage, Milan. Services for Mr. Clark will be 10 am Saturday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Moline. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 pm at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 201 E. 4th Avenue, Milan. Burial will be the Rock Island Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Avonlea Cottage.|
Bill was born on May 18, 1927 in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of William C. Clark and Agnes Lanneman Clark. He married Alice Gaskill on September 1, 1947 in Champaign, IL. Mr. Clark was the Director of Graphic Arts for the Illinois Agricultural Association in Bloomington, IL. He retired from I.A.A. in 1989 after 29 years of service. Bill was widely known for his expertise on the Biblical Flood. He was also the author of many books on many different subjects. Bill had served as Elder and President of the Congregation of Christ Lutheran Church, Normal, IL. He was a current member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Moline.
Survivors include his wife, Alice; son, Rick (Sally) Clark, Springfield, Mo; daughter, Marianne (Lee) Meyers, Rock Island; grandchildren, David (Jen) Zebarth, Brian (Jen) Zebarth all of Connecticut, Matthew (Laura) Clark, Shawnee, KS, Peter ( Erica) Clark, Tucson, AZ, Amanda (Joshua) Martin, Rock Island and Stephen Meyers, Rock Island; great grandchildren, Joshua, Evan, Tyler, Drew, Alenna and Ian; a sister Edith Pankow, Edwardsville, IL.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Linda Zebarth; a son, David Clark; and a brother, Donald Clark.
Billís family would like to thank the Staff of Genesis Hospice for their wonderful care.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.wheelanpressly.com
To the entire family Clark family, And especially Stephen... Chris, Katie,Hayden, and myself, want to send our heartfelt sympathies to you all. This past year or so, has been trying for us all and we can all feel your sorrow.youre in our thoughts Stephen and We'll see you soon.
-- Mr & Mrs Jeff Aversing
Thinking of you and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
-- Julie Hochstatter
Alice, I am so sorry about your lost. I remember Bill as a gentelman always with a smile. God bless you
I worked with Bill for several years at Illinois Farm Bureau before he retired and was privileged to have received a copy of his Genesis Flood study from him. I want you to know that his legacy lives on as I have taught this study to my adult ABF, our church's high school class and had just pulled it out to use this September in our AWANA TNT Boy's group. I always give credit where credit is due and shared how Bill loved the Lord and really was a student of the Word. God bless you and your family during this time of your loss. I look forward to seeing Bill again!!
-- Richard Verdery
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Bill was a very special person to so many people. Rest in peace my dear friend.
-- Nancy Kraft
What a wonderful man. After growing up down the street from the Clarks, I had the honor of working with Bill for 15 years at the Farm Bureau. We have some wonderful memories of working there. Bill had incredible talents and many who did not know him well did not know what all Bill could do. May Bill rest in peace and my prayers are for the family, Alice, Rick and Maryann. He's now reunited with his beloved Dave and Linda.
-- Sally Brooks Hershberger
Deepest Sympathy. Alice, so very sorry to hear of your loss. I have several memories of visits with Bill while you and I were both working at Solid Gold. May you find great comfort in your memories and the love of those around you.
-- Linda (Bedell) Frautschi
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
-- Milt and Gloria McKinney
Our deepest sympathies, Alice for the loss of your husband, Bill. We still miss not going to church and saying"hi Alice" and hearing Hi Alice back. God's peace and strength continue to be with you like it has been through these difficult years.
-- Clyve and Alice Baade
Alice and family: What a guy! My condolences to you all. Bill and I used to have great discussions in his office. Sometimes it was about how we could made our two departments work together as a team; sometimes it was local politics; and then sometime ó and maybe my favorite ó about him growing up in St. Louis and being part of the knot hole gang (those were the kids who watched Cardinal games through a knot hole in the fence at the Park). Bill helped achieve to the position I have at Farm Bureau today. Upon his retirement he recommended our two departments be combined and I be the director. So the Promotion and Graphic Arts Department was created. I loved his story about Bill Allen calling him one time while on vacation. Thinking about Bill since I saw the obit this morning has served up good memories., However, I find it strangely coincidental that his lab assistant, Al Hasty, died just three weeks ago. Bill was a good man!
-- Steve Simms
Bill was a wonderful man and a dear friend. I remember what an encouragement he was to our son, Paul, when Paul was entering college and considering graphic art as a major. Alice, our prayers and love are with you as you say goodbye to this wonderful man - but remember that the separation is only temporary.
-- Doug and Donna Grovesteen
I was so sorry to read about your Dad's passing. I have so many fond memories of your family from the old neighborhood. You and your families are in my prayers.
-- Pat Bryant Wilson
Dear Mrs. Clark,
Thank you for having the information about Mr. Clark put in our paper. We pray for you and the family that your sorrows will be comforted by God and those he sent to help you through this.
With love and gentle sorrow,
-- Ann Charback
Dear Alice & family, We read about Bill's death in the Bloomington Pantagraph and wanted to send our love and sympathy to you all. We have many fond memories of Bill and pray you have comfort from the wonderful Christian legacy he leaves. Blessings, Mel and Ruth Schlueter
-- Mel and Ruth Schlueter
Dear Alice & Family, it was sad to learn of Billís passing last week. I will always remember his love of photography, music, and the quiet gentle way he could carry on a conversation. The greatest gift he gave me was the friendship I found with his two sons, Rick and Dave. What a great time we had growing up together. I donít know how he put up with some of the stuff we got into but he always kept his cool and somehow found a way to laugh about it. He could give us that serious look but it always ended with a big smile. As they say, there is a season for everything and though this is a sad time, it is with great comfort and joy to know that he is now reunited with Dave and Linda. I miss them too. Remember John 14:2 when Jesus said; ďIn my fatherís house are many mansions, for I go and prepare a place for youĒ, for where I am you may be alsoĒ. Our prayers are with you at this time. May you find your rest in him, who gave himself for us.
-- Brad McLaughlin
We are so sorry to hear about Bill. I am so sad that we had lost touch with you all and that this is the way to get in touch. That is a tragedy. I had an email address for Bill, but had not received a reply in so long, and feared he was unwell. I have many good memories of Bill and Alice and the kids..(when we WERE kids!) May you find comfort in the love you shared, and the love and prayers we have for you.
Both of my parents, Walter and Mildred Bright are now gone ahead..and they share our Lord's love with Bill.
Cerelle and Bill
-- Wm G (Bill ) and Cerelle Bright Bolon
Dear Alice and Family, We were so sadden to learn of Billís death. My sister Cerelle (Elaine) just discovered and emailed us the news. I donít think I have been in contact since I attended college at the U. of Illinois and rented a room from you and Bill. Iím sorry we have lost contact over the years. My wife Karen and I (your cousin) send you are deepest condolences.
Clark and Karen Bright
-- Clark Bright