Howard “Bud” Raymond Clark (9/16/1941-12/5/2020)
Howard “Bud” Clark of Wellsboro, PA, passed away on December 5, 2020, at Williamsport Hospital, due to complications of Covid-19.
Howard is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ella L. (Southard) Clark, son David B. Clark (wife Jackie), (Lumberton, NC), daughters Sheryl L. Monger (husband Charles Jr.), and MeLinda S. Wetherbee (husband Richard). (Both of Wellsboro, PA) Grandchildren A.J. Strickland, Justin M. Klinger, Tyler D. Klinger (partner Hannah Davenport), Charles Monger III (wife Jessica), Autore’ S.R. Tourish, BreAnna M. Swimelar (fiancé Dante Doganiero) and Brett Wetherbee (partner Tiffany Thompson). He is also survived by Great grandchildren, Ethan, Dreyden, Lilly, Harper, Charlotte, Emmit and Amelia and a large extended family of nieces, nephews, in-laws and close friends.
Howard was born on September 16, 1941, at Williamsport Hospital, to John H. Clark and Leona M. (Comstock) Clark (both deceased) of Wellsboro. He was also preceded in death by his brother, John Comstock, (Indiana, PA) and sisters Jean Ann Allington (Tom), (Elmira, NY) and Joyce English (Gene), (Cleburne TX).
He graduated from Wellsboro-Charleston Joint Senior High School on June 2, 1960. While in his Senior year, he joined the PA Army National Guard on November 2, 1959 and served the 131 Transportation Company, until June 5, 1960. He was honorably discharged from the National Guard and transferred to the regular Army on the same date.
While in the Army, he served the 577th Engineer Battalion, Company B, Fort Benning, GA and the 169th Engineering Battalion, Ft. Stewart, GA. He operated heavy equipment and was the company radio man. He was honorably discharged on June 5, 1963.
Howard married Ella on October 5, 1963 and began work for Corning Glass, where he remained until 1970, when he took a job with Commonwealth Telephone Company. While at the phone company he worked 4 ½ years on the road, based out of Dallas, PA, serving different counties and through his time at the phone company held several different positions, to include cable splicer, lineman, installer and ended his career as a Business Systems Technician, based out of Wellsboro. He was laid off from the phone company after 17 years and went back to work for Corning Glass/ World Kitchen in 1989 and remained there until he retired in 2004.
Howard, most commonly called Bud or Pop Pop, (or knower of all things), was an avid reader and would often share snippets that he found interesting to anyone that would listen. He loved to tell stories of his past experiences. Often, he would interpret a current event or incident of his or someone else into poems. They were often humorous and lyrical-many easily translated to the rhythm of a Johnny Cash song and sometimes heartfelt, bringing tears to the eyes. Through the years he could be found strumming on his guitar, or playing a harmonica and sometimes, just humming along to a tune in his head. A delightful treat to anyone present. Howard most cherished his family and because of their closeness, often referred to himself as the richest man on earth.
Friends and family are invited to his service 1pm Saturday December 19, 2020 at the Wellsboro Cemetery. Howard’s family has entrusted his arrangements to the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home 139 Main Street Wellsboro, PA. To share a memory or condolence, visit www.tusseymosher.com.
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