Richard “Dick” J. Clarke age 56 of Pipestone, passed away Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Visitation will be 1:00-3:00 p.m. Friday, September 5 at the Westbrook Funeral Home. Burial will be in Westbrook Cemetery immediately following the visitation. A Celebration of Dick’s Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 9 at Hiawatha Manor in Pipestone. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Hiawatha Manor, PO Box 247, Pipestone, MN 56164 in memory of Dick. Stephens Funeral Service – Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
On December 6, 1957, Kenneth and Thelma Clarke, along with son Doug and daughter Maribeth, welcomed Richard Jon Clarke into their Westbrook, MN family. Richard immediately brought joy to this loving family and affectionately became known as “Richie.” As time passed, it became clear that Richie’s developmental needs would be best served at specialized residential facilities. Throughout the next 20 years, Richie lived in several locations throughout Minnesota. In 1978, Richie moved to Hiawatha Manor in Pipestone, MN. It was here that Richie, a.k.a. “Dick Clarke” enjoyed, truly enjoyed the remainder of his days. It was here that his loving family grew and grew, both at his home and his workplace, Progress, Inc. With the guidance of these family additions, he was able to refine his flair for chatting and drinking coffee with refills, reading his books and newspapers while listening to music, shopping and spending time with his family and friends. He brightened many days for all who met him. We mourn this loss, but recognize and sincerely appreciate the gifts of his love, zest for life, his enjoyment of others and total adoration for the simple things in life.
Dick is survived by his brother Doug (Mary Lou) Clarke of Spirit Lake, IA; sister Maribeth Clarke of Milford, IA; and nephews Nathan and Jerod Clarke. He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, numerous aunts and uncles, and two cousins.
Blessed be his memory.