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Dr. Wesley Clarke was a former ONU board of trustees member

He held an honorary doctorate from ONU, will be buried in Ada

Dr. Wesley Clarke, 92, died on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at 9:54 a.m. at the Green Hills Community, West Liberty.

He was born on April 30, 1927, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the late Frank and Sarah Ellen (Thawley) Clarke.  On Sept. 8, 1950 Wesley married Reva L. (Marling) Clarke and she preceded him in death on July 3, 2005.

Wesley retired from the United Methodist Church, where he was served as a minister. 

Wesley graduated from Amanda High School in 1945 and then Ohio Northern University in 1950.  He was called into the ministry and then attended Garrett Biblical Institute graduating in 1953. 

He served in the U.S. Navy V5 program during WWII.  As a student pastor Wesley served the greater Hardin Circuit. He then pastored at Newark First, First Batavia, Monfort Heights, Urbana and Trinity Portsmouth.  

He was a former Athen’s District Superintendent and Director of the Wesley Glen in Columbus.  He received an honorary doctorate degree from Ohio Northern University, where he previously served on the board of trustees.

He is survived by two sons: David W. (Tracy) Clarke of Urbana and Richard J.  Clarke of West Liberty; a daughter, Martha L. (Curt) Balogh of Frisco, Texas; three grandchildren: Tara L. (Greg) Martin, Brittany L. (Ben) Manning and Sara Jo Clarke; three great grandchildren: Payden, Harper and Gregory; a brother, Donald Clarke of Grove City; and a sister, Dorothy Hawks of West Chester.

“The family would like to express our appreciation to the staff at Green Hills for the loving care you gave to our father.”

Funeral services will begin at  11 a.m.on Thursday, Feb.27, at the Urbana United Methodist Church, 238 N. Main St., Urbana, with Rev. Jim Lillibridge officiating.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ada.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Urbana United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial donations be made to:
• Frank and Sarah Ellen Clarke Family Scholarship, make checks to the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at 2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60201 or go to https://www.garrett.edu/give 

• and/or the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter,
Attn: Findlay-Lima Office 480 W. Dussel Dr., Suite 150 Maumee, Ohio 43537

• and/or the Reva Clarke Memorial Scholarship For the School of Nursing, make checks payable to Ohio Northern University c/o Office of Advancement at 525 S. Main St., Ada, Ohio 45810.

 Arrangements are incomplete at this time.