Bernal Henry Clark
Bernal Henry Clark, Sr., of Mt. Morris, Michigan passed away peacefully surrounded by his sons and family friends on Monday, April 7, 2014, at Medilodge of Montrose. As per his wishes he was cremated. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 1:00 pm on May 31, 2014, at the Martin Funeral Home in Mt. Morris with Pastor Brad Long officiating. The family will welcome friends at 12:00 pm to share memories until time of service at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers those wishing to do so may make donations in Bernal’s name to Medilodge of Montrose. Bernal was born November 21, 1924, in Fowlerville, Michigan, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Lyle and Mina (Kleinschmidt) Clark. After graduation from Engadine High School in Engadine, Michigan, in 1942, he joined the army and served in World War II. After the Army, Bernal moved to the Clio area where he met and married Arlene Case in 1945. Bernal started an automobile repair business, Clark’s Auto Service in 1948 and ran that until 1976. In the 1950’s one of his greatest passions was stock car racing. He built and drove car #11 winning 2 races on the opening of Auto City Speedway in 1955. After retiring from the auto service he and Arlene built a home near the AuSable River by Oscoda. Bernal was an avid hunter traveling to Wyoming and Colorado with friends and family for deer and elk hunting. Bernal and Arlene belonged to the Hiawatha Club in the Upper Peninsula where they both enjoyed deer hunting and visiting family and friends. The highlight of school vacations were the grandkids spending time at grandma & grandpa’s house on the river. Where a game of cards, horseshoes, fishing, a campfire or just a drive to look for deer could be enjoyed by young and old alike. Bernal, known as “Clark” by neighbors and friends was always there to help and keep things running smoothly. Whether it was snow plowing all winter, using his tractor to help someone excavate for a new house, repairing a neighbor’s car, helping to cut firewood, then splitting it on his homemade wood splitters, he was always willing to help. He and Arlene hosted the annual New Year’s Eve party for the entire neighborhood for over 25 years. They welcomed everyone who walked through their door and made them feel at home. Due to health concerns Bernal and Arlene moved back to the Clio area in 2010, but continued to be surrounded by family and friends. Bernal enjoyed sharing his love of car racing, hunting and working in the woods with family and friends. He always had a good story to tell. A week before he passed away he watched a NASCAR race with 3 generations of his family. Bernal lost his wife Arlene after 67 years of marriage in September, 2012, and even though his family and friends were there for him, life just wasn’t the same without her. Bernal is survived by his children, Ron (Linda) Clark, Bernie Clark Jr., and Bonnie (Earl) MacKenzie; grandchildren Shawn (Autumn) Clark and their daughters Sarah and Haley, Bernie Clark III and his children, Devon and Zoe, Kerry Christopher and her son Michael, Myles Standish and his sons Simon and Owen, Nathan Standish and great granddaughter Jessica Dues and her children Lexie and Zeke and many nieces and nephews. Bernal was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ronald Clark and his grandson Michael Clark. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Medilodge of Montrose for their loving care of Bernal and also to his wife Arlene when she was a resident there. He was showered by continuous love and caring for all the months that he lived there.
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