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ROY R. CLARK, HEAVY-EQUIPMENT OPERATOR <br> JUNE 3, 1921 -- OCT. 20, 2004

Services for Roy R. Clark of Elma will be held at 10 a.m. today in St. John Lutheran Church, 2131 Woodward Road, Elma. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Mr. Clark, a retired heavy-equipment operator, died Wednesday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga, after a lengthy illness. He was 83.

Known as "Red," Mr. Clark was born in Elma and was a lifelong area resident.

He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater. Wounded twice while serving on the front line, he received five Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.

Mr. Clark had worked as a high lift operator for Anchor Concrete, and also was a heavy equipment operator for the Town of Elma Highway Department for 27 years, retiring in 1990.

He was a member of Harvey D. Morin Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars. His hobbies included bowling and hunting.

Survivors include his wife, the former Gloria R. Hecker; a son, Robert; and a stepdaughter, Sandra Corey, all of Elma; two stepsons, Dennis Theal of Elma and Wayne Theal of Marilla; a brother, Leslie "Doug" of Lancaster; one grandchild; and two great-grandchildren.

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