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February 3, 1932 – Sunday, February 9, 2014

Service Information
Community Center, Redby, MN
Friday, February 14, 2014
1:00 P.M.

Visitation Information
Community Center, Redby, MN
Weds Feb. 12 & Thurs Feb. 13
Beginning at 4:00 P.M.

Vernon Douglas Clark Sr., age 82, of Redby, Minnesota Journeyed to the Spirit World on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at Sanford Hospital in Bemidji, Minnesota.

Vernon was born February 3, 1932 in Red Lake, Minnesota the son of William and Stella (Webster) Clark.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1950-1953. He did his Basic Training in Fort Riley, Kansas, receiving his G.E.D. while in the Army. He then went to vocational school in Milwaukee, came home and worked for Red Lake Housing, and then worked for Red Lake IHS for over 20 years until his time of retirement.

He Married Vivian Spears on March 31, 1954.

Vernon took great pride in his lifelong accomplishments as he was an extraordinary man with a very strong work ethic, a successful reputation with admiral qualities of honor, respect, and trust. Active in his community as well, he served as a boxing coach and judge for many years, currently active on the boxing commission, and Homeless Shelter Board of Commission. Vernon also served on the Red Lake Housing Board of Commission from 9-1-1998 thru 9-30-2006, and Paul Bunyan Telephone Company Board of Commission, recently retiring after 13 years. His greatest personal accomplishment was being able to help raise money to have the St. Antipas Episcopal Church built in Redby.

He loved working, traveling, gambling, playing Bingo and gardening. He enjoyed hunting with his best friend Jocko and taking daily rides with his wife, which usually led them to one of the surrounding casinos. He was an avid Red Lake Warriors fan never missing a game. His most favorite past-time was spending time with his grandchildren whom he loved with all his heart.

He is survived by his wife, Vivian Clark; children: Wayne Clark, Vernon (Marie) Clark Jr., Darrell Clark, Valerie (Gary) Clark, Rick (Sara) Clark; foster son: Edward “Nick” Jones; brothers: Maurice Clark, William Clark, Dave Clark; sister: Geraldine Smith; and several grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: parents: William and Stella Clark; brothers: Francis Clark and Oliver Clark; sisters: Delia Diver and Donna Clark; daughter: Vernelle Clark; daughter-in-law: Sherry Clark; grandson: Patrick Clark.

Funeral Services for Vernon Clark Sr. will be held on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at the Community Center in Redby, Minnesota. Father George Ross will officiate.

Interment will follow at St. Antipas Episcopal Cemetery in Redby, Minnesota.

A wake will be held on Wednesday, February 12th beginning at 4:00 P.M. at the Redby Community Center and will continue until the time of service.

Honorary casket bearers will be Maurice “Jocko” Thunder, Roman “Ducker” Stately, James “Pluke” King, Jack Desjarlait, Alfred Benais, James “Jimmy Boy” Brun, Gary Thunder and Bill Polson.

Casket beares will be Oliver Clark Jr., Rick Clark, Kevin Spears, Vernon Clark Jr., Richard Clark, William Clark, alternates: Gary Dudley and Darrell Clark.

6 Guestbook Entries

  1. Bruce Campbell

    Vern was a man of integrity, a good friend and fine Director at Paul Bunyan Communication. Vern will be greatly missed by all. Our deepest sympathy to Vivian and family.
    Sincerely,
    Bruce and Trudi Campbell, Bemidji, MN

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  2. Jim and Pat Tarbell

    Our deepest sympathy to Vivian and family. Vern was a man who treated everyone as a friend from the first time he met you. He cared deeply for his family. I am proud to say that he was our friend and will remember him as a great director who sat next to me at our Paul Bunyan Communication meetings.
    May Vivian feel God’s peace.

    Jim and Pat Tarbell

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  3. Paul Freude

    Our sincere condolences to Vern’s family. Vern was a good friend and thoughtful director of Paul Bunyan Communications. I appreciated his insight, his unique perspective and his sense of humor. Pearl and I will miss him very much.

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  4. Margie Fairbanks

    A cousin who always had a smile and willing to help. I will miss you dearly.

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  5. kathy peterson

    Vivian, please accept our condolences on Vern’s passing. He was a good board member and ended up being my friend. He was full of stories and I enjoyed each one. Arnie loved to visit with him, as they both enjoyed sports. He will be greatly missed by those of us whose lives he touched.

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  6. Brenda and Don Hazeman

    Val, we are so sorry for the loss of your dad. We think of you often and wish you well.
    The “Hazes”

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