William K. Clark
WALLINGFORD - William K. Clark, 91, of Wallingford, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, at Masonicare Healthcare Center in Wallingford. He was the loving husband of Jean Ruffer Clark. Bill was born in New Haven, on May 25, 1925, a son of the late Arthur and Ethel Kilbourne Clark. He was a direct descendant of John Hall, who on Jan. 31, 1669, was a signer of the covenant to establish the Town of Wallingford, and who was a first deacon of the Wallingford Congregational Church. Bill attended Hamden schools, and the University of Connecticut, and graduated from the University of Bridgeport. He was a veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. 8th Air Force, stationed at Horsham St. Faith, England. He was an aerial gunner on a B-24 Liberator and completed 19 combat missions. Bill was an employee of the New Departure division of General Motors Corp. for 30 years in Bristol and Meriden, and held various supervisory positions. He was an active and longtime member of the First Congregational Church of Wallingford and a member of Compass Lodge 9, AF & AM in Wallingford. Bill was an avid fan of the UConn Huskies, the New York Giants, Frank Sinatra, the Big Bands, and Dixieland Jazz. Traveling was one of Bill's pleasures and with Jean had wonderful memories of travels in the U.S., Europe, and Eqypt. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Kendall Clark, of Wallingford, Jocelyn Michaud, of Bristol, and Alison Spinelli, of Simsbury; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Shirley Barske. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m at the First Congregational Church, 23 S. Main St., in Wallingford. Interment will be private at Centerville Cemetery in Hamden. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be made to the First Congregational Church of Wallingford. The B.C. Bailey Funeral Home of Wallingford has been entrusted with arrangements. To leave a message of remembrance or for directions, please visit www.BaileyCares.com.
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