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Joseph F. Clark, postal carrier, veteran April 7, 1917 -- Jan. 28, 2006

A memorial service for Joseph F. Clark, a retired postal carrier and a decorated veteran of World War II who once played baseball against future Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in Calvary Baptist Church, 445 Delaware St., City of Tonawanda. Inurnment will be in Bath National Cemetery.

A native of Norristown, Pa., Mr. Clark died Jan. 28 at home in Kenmore after a brief illness. He was 88.

He was a graduate of Riverside High School and later would recount how he had the opportunity to play against Spahn, who played for South Park High School.

Mr. Clark also enjoyed recounting that he played lacrosse against Jay Silverheels, who one day would be known as Tonto in the "Lone Ranger" television series.

During World War II, Mr. Clark served in the Army in the Philippines and elsewhere in Asia. His military decorations included two Bronze Stars.

Mr. Clark worked for the U.S. Postal Service for more than 30 years. He received a certificate for outstanding service from the U.S. postmaster in 1965.

He was an avid bodybuilder and was known to friends and relatives as a poet and humorist.

His wife, Mary Trent Clark, died in 2003.

Surviving are three grandchildren.


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