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Charles "Charlie" Clark, Jr.

August 25, 1931 ~ June 21, 2018 (age 86)

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A Celebration of Life Service for the life of Charles “Charlie” Clark Jr., 86, of Aberdeen, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen, with Pastor Derek Baum and Jane Ann Rayman, of First United Methodist Church, leading the service.   Bob Downie and his group, Memory Lane, will perform musical selections.

A luncheon and time of fellowship will immediately follow the service at Schriver’s Memorial Fellowship Center.

Charlie’s wishes were to be cremated.  A private burial will take place at Riverside Memorial Park in Aberdeen.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the mortuary on Tuesday.

Friends may sign Charlie’s online guestbook and also view his service via the live stream service link at

With respect to those with allergies, Charlie’s family requests no flowers, and ask that memorials be given, in Charlie’s memory, to the charity of your choice.

Charlie passed away after a long bout with old age on June 21, 2018, at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen.

Charles A. Clark, Jr. was born to Charles Sr. and Johanna (Bonde) Clark on August 25, 1931.  He attended schools in and around Aberdeen and graduated from Aberdeen Central High School in 1949.

Charlie was called into service through the National Guard in 1950 and served two years during the Korean conflict.  He graduated from Northern State Teachers College in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.  That same year, Charlie joined his father as an accountant and later purchased the firm, Clark Accounting.

Charlie married Beverly Ruth in June of 1955 in Deadwood, SD and to their union three children were born.  On July 2, 1966, Charlie was united in marriage to Virginia “Ginny” Deck in Aberdeen.

In 1972, Randy Hopfinger joined Clark Accounting and several years later a partnership of Clark & Hopfinger was formed.  Charlie continued working there until the time of his retirement in 1994.

Charlie was a life member of Lions International and the American Legion.  He served on many committees and boards over the years, including the South Dakota Board of Accountancy for two terms, Methodist Church, Aberdeen Lions Club, Aberdeen Chamber, Brown County Fair Board, Alano Society (AA), the Foundations of Northern State University, the South Dakota Blind & Visually Impaired, the Aberdeen Public Schools and Bethesda of Aberdeen.  He also served as President and/or Treasurer of several of those organizations.

In his spare time, Charlie immensely enjoyed working in his yard and flower gardens.

Grateful for sharing Charlie’s life is his wife of over 51 years, Ginny; his son, Scott (Patty) Clark of Crawfordsville, IA, his favorite daughter, Kathi (Bill) Fox of Evans, GA, and his son, Russ (Hyon) of Lenexa, KS; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his favorite sister, Bonnie Davis of Hiwasse, AR; his aunt, Nita Geranen; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

His father, Charlie Sr., was the person who set the high standards that Charlie Jr. always aspired and worked to achieve.  In addition, Pope Francis was one of his most admired persons.

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