OBITUARY - FRANK P. CLARKE
Frank P. CLARKE was born March 29, 1904 on a farm near St. Charles, Iowa in Madison County. He was the son of Charles and
Margaret (BROWN) CLARKE. Frank passed away on May 3, 2000 at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa at the age of 96 years.
Frank grew up on the farm and after graduating from high school, he went on to and completed business college in Des
On December 24, 1931, he was united in marriage to Ruth E. PETTIT and to this union two sons were born. They lived in
Chicago, Illinois for a short time before moving to Mount Ayr around 1942. Frank had an insurance agency and sold
insurance for many years. He also had a farm near Diagonal, Iowa and even though he did not farm it himself, he enjoyed
being connected to the land as in his youth.
Frank was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Faith Lodge #172, A.F. & A.M. in Mount Ayr and the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine in Des
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Margaret CLARKE; his wife Ruth on December 3, 1981; a sister Agnes
CRAWFORD; and four brothers, William, John, Charles and Willis CLARKE.
Left to mourn his passing are his sons, Robert J. and life partner Eric TANKESLEY of California, Missouri and W. Thomas
and his wife Jean of Savannah, Georgia; four grandchildren, Elizabeth COLIN, Margaret GRADY, Christian CLARKE and Andrea
BAILEY; five great-grandchildren, Kate COLIN, Sierra GRADY, Clarke EVANS, Abigail CLARKE and Kendall CLARKE; as well as
nieces, nephews, relatives and a host of friends.
Services were held Saturday, May 6, 2000 at Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr with Reverend Peter
BRANTER officiating. Mary TRULLINGER and Margaret BICKERS provided music. Casket bearers were William FRENCH, Gerold
WILLEY, Laurance BISHOP, Joe JACKSON, Jim PEDERSON and Dan CUNNING.
Masonic rites were given by Faith Lodge #172 A.F. & A.M., L.W. Joe GROSS.
Frank was laid to rest in the Rose Hill
Cemetery, Mount Ayr.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2010
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