Wally S. Clarke, 70, passed away Thursday (Aug. 1, 2013) at home following a lengthy illness, surrounded by family.
Mr. Clarke was born on May 22, 1943 in Wellsville to Decatur M. and Lettie Naomi (Densmore) Williamson Clarke. He was a 1961 graduate of Andover Central School. and served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War from 1963-69. On July 24, 1971, in Andover, he married Genevieve M. Donnelly, who predeceased him on July 30, 2007.
Wally was an equipment operator and later a foreman for National Fuel in Wellsville from 1967 until his retirement in 2008.
Wally is survived by two daughters, Kathleen (Douglas) McCutcheon of Independence and Hannah (Charles) Powell of Crescent, Okla.; two sons, Benjamin (Denise) Clarke and Will Clarke, both of Independence; two brothers, Gerald (Linda) Clarke and Maxson (Sue) Clarke, both of Andover; one uncle, Gerald (Arlene) Densmore of Ga.; a sister-in-law, Jeanne Childs of Slidell, La.; a brother-in-law, Danny Gerace of Buffalo; eight grandchildren, Jesse McCutcheon, Savannah Fanton, Garette McCutcheon, Allyson Clarke, Jillian Clarke, Maggie Powell, Andrew Powell and Hunter Powell; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Wally enjoyed horses and black powder hunting. He was a member of the Alfred Station Seventh Day Baptist Church. His greatest pleasures though came from his love and devotion to his family. He treasured his time spent with them.
There will be no prior visitation. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family with Abbot William MacCrae of the Celtic Christian Community at Locust Brae, officiating. The public is invited to attend a gathering to celebrate the life of Wally at the home of his daughter, Kathleen McCutcheon at, 697 CR 22A in Independence on Monday (Aug. 5) at 1:00 p.m.
Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover.
Memorial contributions in Wally’s name may be made to Christian Children’s Fund, 2821 Emerywood Parkway, Richmond, VA 23294.