Posted: Tue 8:50 AM, Jun 18, 2013
April 16, 1939 - June 16, 2013
In the early morning hours of Father's Day, June 16, 2013, surrounded by his family, Gordon Mitchell Clarke, age 74, of College Station, went home to be with his Heavenly Father. He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-two years, Margaret "Peggy" Ann Clarke and their children, Dale Clarke and wife Chaille of College Station, Amy Brown and husband Billy of Bryan, and Cheryl Freeman and husband, Doc of South Hill, Virginia. Five grandsons will cherish the memories of their "Poppy" - Turner and Hayden Clarke, age 9, of College Station, Ashby Lundy, 26, Cameron Lundy, 24, and Hunter Lundy, 21, of South Hill, Virginia. Colonel Clarke also leaves behind two brothers and a sister, Bruce C. Clarke, Jr. and his wife Didi, of Vienna, Austria, David A. Clarke, Sr. and his wife Eileen, of The Villages, Florida, Lisa Clark and her husband Ludlow, of Leesburg, Virginia; and a host of nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his canine companion, Pepper.
Colonel Clarke was born April 16, 1939 in Galveston, Texas to Bruce and Bessie Clarke. He graduated from Stuttgart American High School in Germany in 1957 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army after graduating from the Air Force Academy in 1961. He married his high school sweetheart and together they enjoyed 27 years of active duty service in the United States and abroad. Colonel Clarke received two graduate degrees in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, his MS in 1968 and his PhD in 1995. He enjoyed swimming, boating, fishing, hunting, and time well spent with family and friends.
A celebration of life with full military honors will be held Thursday, June 20, 4:00pm at the Hillier Funeral Home, 2301 East 29th Street in Bryan with interment to follow at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018 or to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th St., Bryan TX 77803.
The family wishes to thank those who cared for Gordon and his family during his journey with Parkinson's Disease: Dr. Adil Nicolwala, Dr. Barbara Pierce, and Dr. Denise Turner; two special caretakers, Karen Nelson and Wanda Crawford; Pastor Justin Grace of Connecting Point Church; the medical and nursing staff of both The College Station Medical Center and St. Joseph's Health System, the staff of Sherwood Health Care, and Hospice Brazos Valley.
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