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MARION — William H. “Bill” Clark, 96, passed away at home at 8:07 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

Bill was born Oct. 22, 1921, in Marion, to Jewell and Verna Clark.

He married Helen Reach on Oct. 19, 1946. They celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary this past October.

Bill served in the Marines during World War II from 1942 to 1945.

At age 17 he started working at Cline-Vick Drug Store at the soda fountain. At that time they sold more chicken salad sandwiches than prescriptions. Bill was a pharmacist. He worked at Cline-Vick, Campbell Drug and Marion Medical Pharmacy. Bill also worked part time at Natural Med Apothecary in Herrin for Erik Cornett, now owner of Core Pharmacy in Marion. Bill worked until he was 95.

Survivors include his wife, Helen; their daughter, Marsha (Jack) McCormick; three grandchildren, Matthew (Dallas) Vaughn, Courtney (Colton) Childers and Luke McCormick; four great-grandchildren, Ryleigh and Mia Vaughn and Addison and Holden Childers. Bill’s fifth great-grandchild, a boy, is due in July. Also surviving are his sister, Lois (Harold) Bell; sister-in-law, Alice Reach and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Louise Clark; and three brothers, Robert, Jack and Ray Clark.

Bill was of Baptist Faith. He enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals and playing golf. He also enjoyed watching his grandchildren, Courtney and Luke, play sports and keeping Matt busy with home repair.

Bill will be greatly missed.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10, in Rose Hill Cemetery, with the Rev. Paul Lee officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m.  Friday, March 9, at Blue Funeral Home in Marion.

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