Cave Dwellings: Our family loses our hero...
Cave Dwellings

Buckhorn Creek, Lake O' The Pines, Jefferson, TX

Monday, May 29, 2017

Our family loses our hero...

Our family lost our Uncle Clarence Bark , Jr. last week..He was a WWII Veteran and 93 years old. Here is his obituary...

Clarence H. Bark Jr, 93 of Montgomery, passed away Wednesday May 17, 2017 at Jennings Terrace in Aurora, IL.  Clarence was born August 25, 1923 in Sandwich, IL, the son of Clarence Sr. and Jane (Arnold) Bark. Clarence grew up in Sandwich, IL until he entered the United States Navy in World War II in 1941; working as a machinist on both the USS Lexington and USS Bennington Aircraft Carriers in the South Pacific. After serving 6 years in the Navy, Clarence worked in construction as a bricklayer and then at Thor Power Tool in Aurora, where he used his skills as a machinist that he obtained while in the Navy.  He left Thor Power Tool in 1974, and began working for Armour Dial for 15 years, retiring in 1989. He served on the Montgomery planning commission for over 30 years and the Grand Marshall in 2012 for the Montgomery Fest parade. He enjoyed bowling, fishing and camping. Clarence is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jeanette, 1 sister, Juanita (the late Raymond) Anderson. Many nieces, nephews and other relatives.  He is preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother, William (the late Esther), and 1 sister, Katherine (the late Campbell) Cave. Family will be receiving guests Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 5pm to 7pm at Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway, Montgomery, IL 60538.  Interment will be private. Donations to the Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club, 1603 Timber Lane Drive, Montgomery, IL 60538.   For information visit  630-897-1196.

We loved him dearly and he will be missed...
Uncle Clarence is on the right..

Here he is on the right..
This is Uncle Clarence and my husband, Dennis.

He was a very handsome man!

Uncle Clarence and his wife of 58 years, Jeanette..She is now 101 and living at home..
Uncle Clarence and  his two sisters, Juanita and Katherine, Den's Mom...
 Uncle Clarence and our granddaughter, Taylor..Tay is now 18 years old.

Our family was sooooo blessed to have Uncle Clarence among us. We learned much from him and will never forget him...
 This was one of the photo boards I made up for his memorial service...

Above is a post card sent to him from friends in 1924 when he was overseas...and the photo on the right was taken when the peace treaty was signed in Japan..
Above is another photo board of family that I had at his memorial service...

Rest In Peace, Clarence Bark, Jr...our hero..


  1. So sorry for your loss.... lost my 92 year old father in September... what an age!

  2. Sorry for the loss of your uncle who truly had an incredible life.

  3. Wonderful remembrance, Donna ............. Uncle Clarence was very handsome and his life was full...... Thoughts and prayers to all....... especially his Widow....... The photo memory displays were amazing !

  4. What a beautiful life!! You did a great job with the memorial boards. I know he will be so missed but what a great man he was and he will live on in each of you