Reginald (Reggie) G. Clarke, November 15, 1927~November 9, 2014
Reginald (Reggie) Graham Clarke, 86, of Combs, Arkansas, Naval veteran, aviation electrician, architect, artist, fireman, husband, “Dad”, mentor, and friend, passed away November 9th, 2014 at the Willard Walker Hospice in Fayetteville, AR. Reggie was born in Detroit, Michigan on November 15th, 1927 to William (Robbie) Robinson Clarke and Gladys Thomas Clarke, one of two sons. He was preceded in death by his mother and father. He is survived by his beloved wife of thirty- nine years, Ingrid (Fritzie) Jack Clarke, and his three sons, Geoffrey, Matthew and Duncan; and grandchildren, Mateo, J. Maxwell and Marcus, sons of Geoff; and David, son of Duncan. Growing up in Florida, Reggie attended St. Petersburg High School, where he played football. After graduating in 1945, he enlisted in the United States Navy and attained a rank of Aviation Electrician’s Mate Second Class. After an honorable discharge from the Navy in 1948, he attended the University of Florida where he married Helen (Ray) Varnado Clarke. Recalled to active duty during the Korean War, Reggie was stationed on the aircraft carrier, USS Saipan. After returning to college and receiving a Bachelor of Architecture, he worked for the US Corps of Engineers on early NASA projects at Cape Canaveral. In 1959 Reggie moved to France and then to Germany, where he worked as an architectural engineer for NATO. He married Fritzie in 1978 and retired in 1980, moving to Combs, AR. There he became active in the community and raised cattle. Reggie served in the St. Paul Volunteer Fire Department for 12 years. His hobbies included sports cars, writing, painting and reading. The family wishes to thank the St. Paul First Responders, Japton First Responders and the doctors and staff of WRMC Hospital and Willard Walker Hospice. A celebration of Reggie’s life will be announced at a later time. No flowers please. Send donations to the St. Paul Volunteer Fire Dept.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel and Crematory.
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