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Sherman, Clarke
Clarke Sherman, age 94 of Abingdon, died at 10:25 am Thursday, November 3, 2011 at his home.

He was born on January 24, 1917 in Rushville, the son of Joseph Earl and Mabel (Crawford) Sherman. He married Audrey Cutler Howerter on May 21, 1971 in Abingdon.

Clarke is survived by his wife Audrey; one son, Rodney C. (and Martha) Sherman of Florida; two stepsons, Mark (and Cindy) Howerter of Monmouth and Jim (and Mary Anne) Howerter of Abingdon; a grandson, Todd (and Dennise) Sherman of Logan, Utah; a granddaughter, Kelly (and Tim) Storck of Webster Grove, Missouri; twin great-granddaughters, Emma and Riley Storck; four step-grandchildren, Lucas (and Jeongmi) Howerter of S. Korea, Josh (and Eunijin) Howerter of Dubuque, Iowa, Sarah (and Josiah) Martinson of Galesburg and Hannah Howerter of Galesburg; and six step-great-grandchildren.

He graduated from Galesburg High School in 1935 and coordinated the class bi-monthly luncheon meetings. He also attended Browns Business College in Galesburg. He served in the US Army from 1945-1946.

He was employed at Gale Products for almost ten years. He also owned and operated a grocery store (Clarkes Market) in Galesburg for nine years. He last worked for the Brown Specialty Company for twenty years, retiring in 1982.

He was in charge of the Abingdon New Horizon meal program for eighteen years and was the coordinator of the Abingdon Senior Van Service for twenty some years.

Clarke was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Abingdon. He also was a member of the Abingdon Rotary Club for twenty-seven years, held every office and was the president of the club from 1990-1991 and became a Paul Harris Fellow.

He enjoyed his home, yard, garden (he faithfully filled six birdfeeders and installed an ear of corn for the squirrels), trips to Missouri, ballroom dancing and big bands, especially Guy Lombardo and Lawrence Welk. He liked to read his newspapers, which he was able to do without his glasses

Cremation was accorded. Memorial service will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, December 3, 2011 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Abingdon. Rev. M. Annette Faull, Mrs. Eleanor Landon and Mark Howerter will officiate. Burial of Clarke's ashes will follow in the Abingdon Cemetery with military rites by Harry E. Wiles American Legion Post #381. The family will receive friends at a luncheon following the services at the church. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Abingdon Senior Citizen Van or OSF Hospice. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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