Richard “Dick” G. Clark, 96, June 13, 1927 – December 21, 2023, age 96, husband of K. Ruth Clark, passed at Tower Health, Pottstown Hospital.
Also survived by daughters Christine S. Clark of Maryville, TN and Melinda De Angelo (Tony) of Tampa, FL, grandchildren Andrew Gilmore and Christian Orsi, Gina De Angelo, Dominic and Rachel De Angelo and great-grand sons Luca and Leo De Angelo and stepdaughter Laura Enterline (Thomas), stepson Brian Thompson, and granddaughter Zoe Enterline.
He was predeceased by his first wife Joan Couch Clark in 1981, mother of both Christine and Melinda.
Dick was born at home in Ligonier, PA to William S. and Mildred G. Clark in 1927. He joined the US Navy at age 17 in 1944, served in WWII on a destroyer at The Battle of Okinawa and observed the testing of the H-Bomb at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
He studied at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA and he and Joan relocated to the Pottstown area where he was in the mobile home business and later worked for Johns Fiberglass and Bemis-Jason Paper Company in Royersford, PA, from where he retired at age 70.
Dick was active in Scottish-American affairs. He was a member with Joan of the Scottish-American Society, a member of several bagpipe bands, color sergeant of Delaware Valley Pipes and Drums, drum major of Hamilton Pipes and Drums, and most recently drum major of Ceòl Naèmh Pipes and Drums of Lancaster, leading many parades.
His hobbies included scuba diving, snow skiing, restoring antique bi-planes, restoring T-Birds and attending air shows. He loved traveling on the auto train with Ruth to visit his daughter in Florida and wearing his kilts and other Scottish attire, especially his Clark tartan. He enjoyed a trip to Scotland with his friends in 2004.
Dick was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Pottstown for over 60 years, serving as both an Elder and a Deacon and other various church positions, and a contributor to Acorns of Faith Legacy Group. He married fellow church member, Ruth, in 2013, in his kilt.
He also contributed to various animal organizations, most recently to Best Friends Animal Society of Kanab, UT. He was an avid pet lover/protector/adopter and is survived by our cat Rascal, whom he rescued from Montgomery County SPCA.
Dick will be remembered by many friends from various organizations: church, the bands, Scottish groups, neighbors, and the group of veterans restoring the USS The Sullivans in Buffalo, NY.
He made new friends among residents and staff at Chestnut Knoll Assisted Living in Boyertown, PA, where he lived with Ruth since 2022.
Arrangements are being made by Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Pottstown, PA. His ashes will be committed to the Peace Garden at First Presbyterian Church. A Memorial Service will be held Friday January 12, 2024 at 12:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church, 750 N. Evans St., Pottstown, PA 19464. Interment will be private. Visitation will be held Friday from 11:00-11:45 AM at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dick’s memory to Best Friends Animal Society at www.bestfriends.org and/or First Presbyterian Church at https://fpcpottstown.org