Clark, Roger Thomas 89, of Plano, IL passed away Sunday, December 29, 2013 at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb, IL. He was born June 24, 1924 on the family farm near Big Rock, IL, the only child of Archie and Hazel (Parry) Clark. He married his loving wife of 65 years, Burdell Wicks, on September 4, 1948. Roger graduated from Big Rock High School in 1942. He served his country proudly during World War II in the Pacific as a Signalman aboard the U.S. Navy Submarine, USS Bang. He spent many years farming near Big Rock and later worked in factories, retiring from Impact Die in Sandwich. Roger loved sports; he was a good athlete in school and was a lifelong avid Chicago Cubs fan. Roger is survived by his wife, Burdell; his two daughters, Sharon Swanson, of Sandwich, IL and Beverly (Edward) Smith, of Sandwich, IL; his three granddaughters, Jaclyn (Kevin) Jensen, Laura Smith and Michelle Smith; two great-grandchildren, Liam and Aubrey Jensen; and his brother-in-law, George (Ruth) Wicks. He was preceded in death by his parents; his paternal grandparents, John and Margaret Clark; his maternal grandparents, Thomas and Emma Parry; and his son-in-law, Edward Swanson. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 1010 W South St, Plano, IL. Interment will follow in the West Big Rock Cemetery, in Big Rock, IL. Friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the Hour of Service on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at the Funeral Home in Plano, IL. Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory, www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com or (630)552-7211.
Published in Beacon News on Dec. 31, 2013