Owen was born May 8, 1927 in Philadelphia, PA, son of the late William A. and Leona F. (Owen) Clark. He served his country in the US Navy and went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Education and Physics from Penn State University and his Master’s degree from Brown University. Owen was the Troy High School Mathematics teacher from 1956-1966, and then Professor of Mathematics at Mansfield University from the fall of 1966 till his retirement in 1990. He was head of the Mathematics Department for several years and was also involved in the university math club. Owen was a member of the Sylvania Presbyterian Church, the church’s choir, and served on the Presbyterian Session.
He was a member of the grange and their barbershop quartet, and served on the Troy Area School District School Board for many years. A challenge to balance his devotion to teaching and farming, Owen always had time to encourage his children, especially in the area of swimming.
His love of history inspired Owen and Marie to travel abroad to study the masters of art, music, and woodworking which he himself had as hobbies. Owen had the utmost respect for the farming community and loved the tranquility of the family farm with its wildlife, woodlots, and sheep.
Surviving are his loving wife Marie; daughters Cynthia (Steve) Litchfield, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and Dorothy (Kim) Kinsman, Troy, PA; grandchildren: David and Elizabeth Litchfield, Chelsea (Matthias) Hess, Angela (Jeff) Jennings, Blair (Ashley) Kinsman, and Leslie Kinsman; great grandsons Clayton, Weston, and Joel Jennings; brother Donald (Doris) Clark, Laytonsville, MD; nephew and two nieces; Tuesday card playing group, along with his loving care givers and many close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, a nephew, and his son Thomas O. Clark.
Family and friends gathered to celebrate Owen’s life on Tuesday, May 19, at the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. Troy, PA.
Memorial contributions may be made in Owen’s memory to the Sylvania Presbyterian Church PO Box 84 Sylvania, PA 16945.
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