Passed away peacefully while living in long-term care at Chartwell Nursing Home, Elmira on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the age of 87.
Clarke was the dear husband of the late Katherine (nee Kuhn 1987) and the late Ruth (nee Moss 2002) Loving father of Allan and his children Ben, Nathan, Andra (Martin) Morel and their children Eric and Lydia, and Jacob Dettweiler; Art (Debbie) and their children Chris and Brent; Esther (Dave) Snyder and their children Heather and Laura; Doris (Floyd) Gingerich and their daughter Serena; Ron Dettweiler; and Janet Charette and her children Alex and Katherine.
Clarke will be fondly remembered by his brother Harold (Margaret) Dettweiler, in-laws Silvin Roth and Joyce Dettweiler, Kuhn Family members Kenneth (Evelyn) Kuhn, Dorothy (Fred) DeLong, Rita Mueller, Norma (Jim) Moore, and sister-in-law Marjorie Kuhn. He will be sadly missed by his nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by his parents Isaiah and Lucinda Dettweiler, siblings Margaret (Laverne) Good, Mary (John) Sayer, Ruby Roth, Ward (Beatrice) Dettweiler, Norma Dettweiler, Glenn Dettweiler and David Dettweiler (stillborn); and in-laws Milton Kuhn, Wilma Heintz (Carl Keller and Noah Heintz), Carl Kuhn, and Harvey Mueller.
Clarke was an entrepreneur, creating Dettweiler Framing in 1967 and later on Dettweiler Construction with his sons. He was also an active life-long member of Breslau Mennonite Church.
Our heartfelt thanks to the staff of Chartwell in Elmira who cared for Dad these past four years.
Friends are invited to share their memories of Clarke with his family during visitation at Breslau Mennonite Church, 226 Woolwich Street, Breslau on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 7-9 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. and the funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. at Breslau Mennonite Church, Rev. Eleanor Epp-Stobbe officiating. Interment will be held in the Breslau Mennonite Cemetery and reception will follow in the church hall.
Condolences for the family and donations to the Mennonite Central Committee or the House of Friendship may be arranged through the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.