Aug 072009


Charles E. “Charlie” Clarke, 57, a resident of Davenport, died on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009 at Genesis Medical Center West Campus following a courageous fight with cancer. This fight was the only negotiation he failed in his career.

Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Charles will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 8, 2009 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 916 E. Rusholme Street, Davenport. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 1-7 p.m. at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home. There will be a prayer service offered at 6:30 p.m. Friday that all are invited to join. There will be additional visitation Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m.

Charles Edward Clarke was born July 8, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa a son of John J. and Lorraine Frances (Bakey) Clarke. He spent a significant part of life with his partner and the love of his life, Aurora “Jonnie” Schroder.

Charlie was employed as a Mill A Operator for ALCOA, retiring April 1, 2009 after 36 years of dedicated service. He was active in the United SteelWorkers Local 105; where he had served as an officer; he had also been a union delegate to the National Convention.

Chuck was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Bears fan. He enjoyed traveling, especially to Las Vegas.

He was a dedicated father and grandfather, and will be greatly missed by his grandchildren who loving called him Grandpa Chuck and Grandpa Buddy.

Memorials can be made to the Genesis Medical Center Foundation to be applied to nursing scholarships through a memorial fund established in the memory of Marilyn Willits.

Survivors include his beloved Aurora “Jonnie” Schroder, Davenport; children, Michelle Clarke; Amy (J.D.) Rios; Greg Clarke; Ramon Perez; and Mary Stuff, all of Davenport and Robert “Lupe” Hakes, Las Vegas; 16 grandchildren; his father, John J. Clarke, Davenport; a sister, Mary Clarke and her husband, Charles McDoniel, Davenport; and a brother, Patrick J. (Kathleen) Clarke, Durant, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lorraine F. Clarke, April 16, 2005. May they rest in peace.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Charles obituary at

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