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Michael "Mike" H. Clark
Date of Death: December, 08 2022


          Michael "Mike" H. Clark, 82, Powers, passed away on Thursday December 8, 2022 in Iron Mountain, MI. He was born on October 25, 1940 in Fulton County, Ohio, son of the late Harold H. and Marian E. (Winzeler) Clark. On September 4, 1960 he married the former Saundra Jones.
 
          After high school, Mike earned a Bachelor degree in Journalism and a Masters degree in Communications. He served his country in the U.S. Army retiring after 21 years as LTC, with service in Vietnam. He worked in Public Relations for the Pentagon, Northern Michigan University and Northwestern University. Mike was also a Lay Leader for the United Methodist Church Conference.
 
          He is survived by his wife: The Rev. Saundra Clark, daughters: Shari (Sam) Piraino and Julie (Blaine) Gagne, grandchildren: Kylie (Shane) Gearhart, Aurora Shand, and Parker Bruce, great-grandsons: Asher, Abel, Blaze, Colton, and KC
 
          Mike was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: E. Patricia Barbier, William “Bill” G. Clark, Marilyn R. Fenter, and Gerald “Jerry” D. Clark
 
          A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 p.m. (CST) on Saturday January 14, 2023 at Trinity United Methodist Church (808 Carpenter Ave., Iron Mountain, MI 49801), with The Rev. Geri Hamlin officiating. There will be a time of fellowship following the service in the church fellowship hall. Mike was laid to rest in the Spalding Township Cemetery after Tony Revord American Legion post #244 military rites.
 
          The Allo Coolman Funeral Homes are assisting the Clark family.
 
          Please visit www.allofh.com to send online condolences to his family.

Condolences
  • "My prayers are with Sonie and family. "
    -Kathleen Peterson

  • "Thoughts and prayers are with the Clark family. Mike was the one who hired me to come back to Northern Michigan University. I have many memories of times when he was leading the Communications and Marketing Office that make me smile. He was definitely a kind man. "
    -Cindy Paavola

  • "Our condolences to Sonia and family. It was a pleasure to work with Mike at NMU. He was such a nice guy. He kept it a fun place to work. "
    -Jan Marana

  • "My condolences to the family, I used to cut Mike’s hair when he worked at Northern. So kind and caring! I remember when Mike retired and you guys moved. Mike said Soni followed me for all these years now it’s my turn to follow her. I’ve always remembered that. Thoughts and prayers to you all. "
    -Carrie Miller

  • "Saundra, Shari, Julie and family, so sorry to hear about your loss. My condolences. I was fortunate to have worked with Mike while living in Marquette and working on NMU projects. He was always willing to help and give advice. "
    -Rev. David Forsberg

  • "So sorry to hear Mike's passing , he was a nice and good guy . I know he will be missed. May your faith help you to comfort you and lead you in the right way . Keep going know that you help others in their faith. "
    -John and Susan Bergman

  • "So very sorry Sonie and family. I have many fond memories of your time here in Newberry. Mike was a wonderful, giving and talented man. He shall be missed. My prayers are with you. "
    -Lisa Den Boer

  • "Sorry to hear of Mike's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Bertha"
    -Bertha Saunders

  • "Our deepest sympathy to Rev. Saundra Clark and family in Michael's death. We praise God for the ministry which he shared, not only in local churches, but in our annual conference. May God continue to comfort the family. In Christ, MI Conference Clergy Spouses Association"
    -MI Conf Clergy Spouses Asso

  • " Love and sympathy to Sonie, Shari and Julie on the death of your husband and father. Many wonderful memories of working together at Marquette First UMC in the 1990's, especially when you decided to head for seminary in Evanston. God is near especially in times of trouble and loss. "
    -Rev. Gordon and Shirley Nusz

  • "Sonie A voice from your Army years. I saw Mike’s name on the Taps page of the March 2023 Military Officer magazine. I remember with a great deal of pleasure our time together at Fort Harrison when Mike and I were in school there. Then followed a year of family separation as Mike and I went to Vietnam. We traveled there together and came home together a year later, with a couple of precious times of seeing one another during that year. He was a talented, kind, and generous man, and I am certain is missed. I’ve been down this road having lost Roselyn to dementia after years of declining health, so you are in my prayers. Pleased to see your ordination noted in the write-up about Mike. The Lord be with you Sonie! Bob PS - I’ll include my email address should you want to be in touch: robert.danner@houghton.edu"
    -Robert Danner


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