G.E. (Gene) MAck

Gene Mack, age 86, a longtime Clark businessman, died early on Tuesday morning, May 26, 2009, at the Golden Living Center in Clark following a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 28th, at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Clark. The Rev. Warren Rhodes will officiate and burial will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Clark. Military graveside honors will be conducted by the Smith-Cagley American Legion Post #60 of Clark. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Furness Funeral Home in Clark. There will be no reviewel at the church on Thursday. The organist will be Wanda Bethke. The congregation will sing Oh God our Help in Ages Past, Hymn of Promise and On Eagles Wings. The honorary casketbearers will be all former employees of Macks Standard. The active casketbearers will be all of his grandchildren. George Eugene (Gene) Mack was born on October 7, 1922 at Clark, the son of Roy B. and Anna (Smith) Mack. He attended school in Clark and graduated from Clark High School with the class of 1940. In December of 1942, he joined the United States Army and trained at Camp Ripley, MN and in California and Texas before leaving for overseas duty in December of 1943. He did tours of duty in England, France and Germany during World War II as an M.P. in the 9th Air Force. He served 34 months in the service with 21 months being overseas. He was honorably discharged from Camp McCoy, Wisc. in October of 1945. During his service, he received the European Theatre Operations Ribbon with 6 Battle Stars, the American Theatre Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal and the Unit Citation Badge. He was united in marriage to Marlis Jeane Hartman of the Bradley-Clark area on September 23, 1945 at Clark. He was involved in digging wells with his father. In 1950, he started work at the Standard Oil Station in Clark. He purchased the business in September of 1956 and was active in the business until the fall of 2007 when his health failed. Marlis preceded him in death in August of 2006. Gene was a member of the United Methodist Church of Clark, a member of the Smith-Cagley American Legion Post #60 of Clark, a member of the VFW and was a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge. He also served as a member of the Rose Hill Cemetery Board for many years. Among survivors grateful for having shared in his life are his children, David Mack and wife Marcia of Bentonville, AR, Carol Sander of Spearfish and Bob Mack and his wife Elaine of Clark; 11 grandchildren, John D., Brian, Dana, Erin and Kristin Mack; Jason and Rob Headlee, Sheila Poppen, Cathy Matthesen, Joe & Lori Morrow and Michelle Ford; 18 great-grandchildren, Abbey, Andrew, Autumn, Benjamin, Brian, Caden, Caleb, Caroline, Emma, Ethan, Hunter, Jacob M., Jacob H., James, Michael, Nathan, Seth and William; a brother, Walter Mack of Monticello, MN; two sisters, Ella Rivers of Elk River, MN and Verna Rivers of annandale, MN; many nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; a son-in-law, Dale Sander; and two brothers, Ralph and James.

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