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Gene Clark

GENE CLARK age 79, beloved husband for 61years of Beverly “Ann” (nee Sturgis); loving father of Betty Galati (husband Tony), Nanci Giannetti (husband Raymond), Robert (wife Jennifer), Charley “Chas”(wife Betty) and Tim Lingerfelt (wife Bea); devoted grandfather of Regina Colombi (husband Carl), Nicole Detzel (husband Steve), Jason Giannetti (wife Marissa), Jessica Salinas (husband Brandon), Abby Clark and Hannah Clark and great-grandfather of 15; dearest brother of Ann Clark and proceeded in death by his parents, 4 sisters and 2 brothers. Survived by his Yorkie “baby” Harley.

Gene was born on May 8, 1939 and passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on October 27, 2018. Gene was born in Tennessee and moved to Ohio where he and his wife, Beverly “Ann” are residents of Willoughby. He was a proud member of the UAW 1045. Gene worked hard as an assembler and Union representative for Fisher Body in Euclid. After his long career, he fully enjoyed his 32 years of retirement. Gene was an avid car person. At one point, he had owned 47 new cars. He loved Nascar racing and owned his own racing team. He was most proud of his favorite red car, #11. At any given moment, you could find Gene in his garage waxing and detailing his cars. Gene was a strong man, with a strong heart. In 1954, he was an Upper East Tennessee Golden Glove State Champion. He truly was a fighter. He battled his illnesses with determination and a strong will. His friends didn’t name him “Mean Gene” for nothing. But to his grandchildren and great grandchildren he will always be known as Papa and Old Papa. Gene was a very giving and generous man and was always there to help. He was extremely handy and could work on anything. His cars were always clean, and he was always well organized. Gene will be remembered most for wearing one of his favorite hats and his unconditional love to his wife, family and his Yorkie “baby” Harley. Gene will forever be missed.

Contributions may be made in memory of Gene to Cleveland Clinic Hospice 6801 Brecksville Rd #10, Cleveland, OH 44131.

Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Gene at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS, 28890 CHARDON ROAD (between Bishop Rd. and Rt. 91) THURSDAY 3-6 PM.
Cremation following by DeJohn Crematory.


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  1. John and Gemma Orsulic and Family

    We are truly saddened by the loss of your beloved husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers are with your Family, at this most difficult time.

  2. Cotton was a great friend and I will always remember our friendship. He and his brother david were great people. I will miss them both now . RIP Gene we had a lot of fun and good friendship.

  3. Dear Chas, Betty and family,
    My thoughts are with all of you.
    Love remains, Melanie

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Deepest condolences.

  5. Robert (Bobby) Madda

    I’m saddened to hear this news I met Gene through Norm Marolt through his race team that he was so proud of
    What a gentle spirit and a great guy …. always smiling and that famous raspy Gene voice
    May you Rest In Peace my man you were always kind
    May God Speed my friend to you and your family in this time

  6. I’m incredibly sorry for your loss. Gene was a wonderful guy and loved by many. I will never forget him and all the times he made me laugh. Prayers for your entire family.

  7. So sorry for your loss. He was a good friend

  8. The Black Family

    So sorry for your loss. Gene was a great friend and neighbor! The neighborhood will not be the same.

  9. Sorry for your loss, knew Gene for many moons good man. RIP

  10. Our condolences on Gene’s passing. Gene was a good man and was passionate about the things he loved. Gene was proud of his family, cars, and UAW 1045. Gene will be missed. May God Bless Gene and the Clark Family.
    Tom and Paula Elias

  11. My sincerest sympathy in the loss of your loved one. I know your family will hold and support one another as you travel through this difficult time. My prayers are with all of you.

  12. Sorry for your loss, knew Gene for many years very good man. RIP

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