Gerald F. Clark of East Eden, a decorated Korean War veteran, retired Town of Eden employee and businessman, died Sunday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga. He was 77.
Born in Buffalo, he grew up in East Eden and served in the Army during the Korean War. He was awarded a number of commendations, including two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.
For about 20 years, Mr. Clark owned Clark's Tire Service in Eden, which he operated full time and later part time, as his health permitted. He also worked as a laborer for the Eden Highway Department for about 18 years, retiring in 1995.
An avid sportsman and athlete, he liked to hunt, fish, bowl and play golf. He was an exempt member of the East Eden Fire Company and a past chief. He also belonged to the East Eden Sportsmen's Club, where he played Santa Claus at the annual Christmas party.
Surviving are his wife of 57 years, the former Ruth Haag; three sons, Randy, Mark and Rich; a daughter, Lynette; a brother, George; and two sisters, Carol and Sue.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mary's Catholic Church, East Eden Road, East Eden.