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Robert L. Clark, WWII Navy veteran Feb. 12, 1924 -- Sept. 26, 2005

NORTH TONAWANDA -- Robert L. Clark of North Tonawanda, a World War II veteran, died Monday in Heathwood Health Care Center, Amherst, after a brief illness. He was 81.

Born in North Tonawanda, he served with the Navy in World War II, receiving a commendation for manning a deck gun for six sleepless days and nights during the battle for Salerno, Sicily.

He was a former employee of Buffalo Bolt, Spaulding Fiber and National Grinding Wheel, retiring in 1986.

Mr. Clark was a member of Gratwick Hose Volunteer Fire Company, Third Presbyterian Church and Sikora Post 1322, American Legion.

He is survived by a son, Robert of Kerhonkson; two daughters, Diane DePalma Clark of North Tonawanda and Nancy Perkins of Sanbornville, N.H.; a brother, Charles of North Tonawanda; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Third Presbyterian Church, 110 Felton St., North Tonawanda. Burial, with military honors, will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.

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