Rev. Vance Norman Clark, 93, of Tyrone, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home. He was born May 14, 1926 in Canton, Ohio a son of the late Harold and Loretta (Plottner) Clark. He was married in 1946 to Elva Madelyn Bascom who died in Dec. 2004.
He was a graduate of Altoona High School in 1944. After completing his seminary studies, he entered the U.S. Air Force as a Chaplain in Jan. 1952 and served for over four years on Active Duty. He was honorably discharged in 1956 to change to the Episcopal Church. While serving as Pastor of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Tifton, GA he entered the Georgia National Guard in 1958. He volunteered to return to active duty with the U.S. Army in 1962 and served again as a Chaplain until Nov. 1971. He was in the Ready Reserve until his retirement in 1986 with the rank of Lt. Col. Among his honors are the Bronze Star, the Meritourious Service Medal, and the Vietnam Service Ribbon.
In 1971, Father Vance was called as Rector of Trinity Church in Tyrone serving until his retirement in 1986. He served on the Government Study Commission in ‘81 which wrote the Home Rule Charter for Tyrone Borough. He served on Borough Council for two terms and was instrumental in setting up the Tyrone Area Food Bank in ‘86. He was one of the founders of the Tyrone Area Cooperative Ministries which grew out of the Tyrone Ministerium.
Rev. Clark is survived by a son Rev. David N. Clark (Colleen) of Clear Spring, MD and daughters Diana Myers of Tyrone and Penny Tibbs of Idaho Falls, Idaho. There are 16 grandchildren and 42 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother Carroll Clark.
Friends will be received at the Derman Funeral Home, Inc., Tyrone, on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, Tyrone, with Bishop Nathan D. Baxter officiating. Interment will follow at Alto-Reste Cemetery, Altoona with full Military Honors.
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