Kenneth 'Kenny' Dale Clark, 94, passed away peacefully in Colville on April 13, 2017, after a short illness, with his loving daughters Karen and Kay at his bedside. Kenny was born on March 6, 1923 in Spokane to Victor W. and Pauline L. (Cox) Clark. Kenny attended Lewis and Clark High School through the 10th grade, when he left school to work. He was raised in the Vinegar Flats area of Spokane and enlisted in the Army in 1943. Kenny served in the European Theater as a Lineman with the Signal Corps and was awarded several medals for his service. Upon his discharge, he settled in the Colville South Basin Area with his wife and young daughter, Donna. This marriage saw the addition of 3 boys, Dan, Melvin and Jim. After 13 years, the young couple divorced. A family man through and through, Kenny stayed involved with his children and was always proud of their accomplishments. They have given him many grand and great-grandchildren. Kenny ran a great deal of his life, including years of marathon distances on his own. In part, his interest grew from his sons who were involved in track and cross country throughout school. On December 3, 1955, he married the love of his life, Alpha Mae Lenocker. They have spent the last 61 years being each other's better half. Kenny worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad as a machine operator for 30 years. He and Alpha added to his family, first with Mike and then 12 years later twin surprise in Karen and Kay arrived. Kenny could not have been prouder of all the accomplishments of his children and was very involved with family life. Kenny and Alpha enjoyed family gatherings at local campgrounds (Haller Creek and the game range were family favorites) and riding throughout their lives. Alpha enjoyed horse, while Kenny enjoyed riding a different breed! Kenny was hooked on 2-wheelers when he was introduced to a 1947 Doodle Bug. Kenny spent much of his life on two wheels and not always the motorized kind. From age 70-80 he was pretty obsessed with cycling. He competed in a Tiger Tri with Kay and Karen. He stopped riding his bike, when at age 80, he could no longer improve on last year's miles or times. Kenny was an all-in guy! If you couldn't do it well or better than what was the point. Kenny and Alpha also traveled through many states with a little trailer behind the bike. A favored trip was also the longest; 4,600-mile round trip to Texas. Kenny was not only outgoing physically but socially as well. Anyone who encountered him was dazzled by his personality. He had a way of smiling with a twinkle in his eye that made you feel you were special to him. His quick wit, charm and storytelling abilities made for rapt audiences. To meet Kenny was to meet a long-lost friend. He made his last Honda ride with buddy, Larry, just last summer. The 61-mile trip to Frazer Lake at 93 was quite an accomplishment and he has spoken fondly of that last ride since. Kenny lost Alpha on February 5, 2017. Though his heart was broken and he was no doubt lonely, his usual spunky, quick wit was intact. Just a few days before his passing, pneumonia set and quickly progressed. His loss will be felt greatly by those who knew him. His smile, optimism, love and opinioned stories will be fondly remembered. Kenny was a hardworking, hard playing man, who was kept on the straight and narrow by his greatest love; a family man always, he loved living life! He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters Millie and Thelma; and one grandchild Susie. Kenny is survived by his seven children; Donna (Dave) Davis, of Ione; Dan Clark; Melvin Clark, of Tri Cities; Jim (Val) Clark, of Spokane; Mike (Laurie) Clark, of Colville; Kay (Ken) Bare of Newman Lake; and Karen (Paul) Vielle, of Spokane and a host of extended family and friends. Services are being held at Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Colville on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Please visit www.danekasfuneralchapel.com and sign the online memorial. Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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