Richard A. "Big Rick" Clark

June 11, 1957 - October 5, 2017
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October 5th, it wasn’t a good day, it was the day Rick Clark left. Left the people who loved him, left the people who knew him as Big Rick. Born June 11, 1957 in New Castle, Pennsylvania to Willard and Catherine (Mingione) Clark as Richard Albert Clark.

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October 5th, it wasn’t a good day, it was the day Rick Clark left. Left the people who loved him, left the people who knew him as Big Rick. Born June 11, 1957 in New Castle, Pennsylvania to Willard and Catherine (Mingione) Clark as Richard Albert Clark.

Holidays were all celebrated with enthusiasm. Family gatherings on the 4th of July found Rick lighting up the backyard, in the spring Rick hid Easter eggs for his baby sister and cherished the Italian feast at Christmas.

Ever the Ohio State fan, Rick also excelled in basketball and football at Cambridge High School. Upon graduation in 1975 he earned a scholarship to Mount Union College. Eventually he entered the world of work which would span more than 35 years in the oil and gas industry. A favorite way to spend a free day was sitting on a lake, fishing with his Bubbas.

Rick captured the heart of Marsha Fivecoat, and they were married June 2, 1984. Their family grew with the blessings of Richard Allen Clark, Carly Caitlin (Jeromy) Mayle, and Emma Catherine Clark. Rick loved his life at the center of his kids’ activities. He spent countless hours coaching youth basketball teams and was closely associated with the power and might of Strasburg girls’ softball teams of all ages.

In addition to his immediate family Rick will be missed by a brother Willard (Nancy) Clark, sisters Joan (Tim) Cox, and Angeline (Curt) Foraker. Marsha’s sisters Carla (Roger) Cooper and Pam (Zack) Hawthorne. Nieces and nephews complete the family Hope and Cody Foraker, Abby Cooper, and Hayden, Joey and Katie Cox along with great-nephew Liam and great-niece Ariah. A very close friend Paul Evancho became family when he married Rick’s cousin Julie Mingione.

Before Rick or any of the family was ready they had previously said goodbye to Rick’s beloved father Willard and his in-laws Carl Fivecoat, Dean and Doris Beitzel.

Rick’s family will greet guests on Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 2-5 PM in the Geib Funeral Center at Dover where Pastor Jason Humble will lead a service celebrating Rick’s life on Monday at 10:30 AM. Burial will follow in Grandview Union Cemetery at Strasburg. A meal and fellowship will follow in the Social Hall of the First United Methodist Church of Strasburg.

Today the family asks everyone to tell someone a Big Rick story. A man who did everything by living large! Instead of flowers please consider sending donations to Strasburg Softball c/o Strasburg High School 140 N Bodmer Ave, Strasburg, Ohio 44680 or Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Avenue SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.

 

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Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, October 8, 2017

Time: 2:00 pm

End Time: 5:00 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover

Address:

5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Service Information

Date: Monday, October 9, 2017

Time: 10:30 am

Geib Funeral Center at Dover

Address:

5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, October 9, 2017

Grandview Union Cemetery

Address:

4288 Dundee Strasburg Rd Nw, STRASBURG, OH, 44680

Reception Information

Date: Monday, October 9, 2017

Strasburg United Methodist Church

Address:

206 2nd Street NW, STRASBURG, OH, 44680

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Community Hospice

716 Commercial Ave. SW
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Strasburg Softball

c/o Strasburg High School
140 N Bodmer Street
Strasburg, Ohio 44680

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Born: June 11, 1957
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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

CHARLES AND ALICE CLARK posted on 10/12/17

OUR LIVES ARE CHANGED FOREVER WHEN WE LOSE OUR LOVED ONES. WE ARE BUT A VAPOR, WE APPEAR FOR A WHILE AND THEN WE ARE GONE. GOD BLESS RICK AND FAMILY, WE WILL BE TOGEATHER BEFORE LONG AND WE ARE LOOKING FOWARD TO THAT DAY AND WE CAN ALL WORSHIP AND LIVE IN OUR GOD..WE WILL GO FISHING TOGEATHER IN THE GREAT DAY.. WE LOVE YOU RICK. CHUCK AND ALICE CLARK

 

John Ranieri posted on 10/12/17

Big Rick was a prince of a man and I was fortunate to know him. He will be missed. My prayers and condolences go out to the Clark Family.

 

Carie Runyon posted on 10/9/17

To the Entire Clark Family You are in our thoughts and prayers. Rick touched so many people with his easy smile and his always upbeat personality. He will be greatly missed. Cherish each memory until you all meet again. Rusty, Carie and Logan Runyon

 

Bill Andrews posted on 10/9/17

Schultzie's heart, laugh, and smile was bigger than he was. He and brother Mike and friends raised me and protect me. The stories and memories are too numerous to even begin to list. When he drove the fruit truck for my dad, I would go with him on deliveries. We would end the day with two big Macs and two large fries.... each. For many many years, we always met at the boys state basketball tournament. It wasn't about the games. It was about tailgating and socializing and telling stories. Big Rick is now in heaven harassing Bubba Bintliff. Love you Rick!!!

 

Marjorie Flanagan posted on 10/8/17

Dear Will, Nancy, and Rick's family - Words cannot adequately express our condolences for your loss. Cherish your memories of him. Marge and John

 

Debbie posted on 10/8/17

Marsha, My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. I wish you peace and strength in dealing with such a great loss. Love and Sympathy, Debbie McClanahan Beacher

 

John Lodge posted on 10/8/17

Visied Rick several times in the Oil & Gas Industry. He was always kind and treated me with respect as a salesman. I'm going to miss his humor and smiling face RIP Rick we all will miss you

 

Jody Edwards posted on 10/7/17

Marsha &family ,i am so sorry for your loss.Prayers to you all .

 

Parm Clark Avaritt posted on 10/7/17

As our Mom (Big Rick's Grandma) used to say when we were kids......."Blessed be the tie that binds." Rick is surely a part of that "tie". We look forward to the day when all of our FAMILY will be together again in Heaven. Until then, Rick's Daddy and the Lord welcome him HOME. God be with the FAMILY.....we love you.

 

dawn and Zack zeigler posted on 10/7/17

only knew rick from his involvement in strasburg girls softball he was a funny guy and great with the girls he will be missed. our condolences to the family. all our love, thoughts, and prayers Dawn and Zack Zeigler

 

David Fluharty posted on 10/7/17

Will be greatly missed. Good man always ready to help. Rest in peace.

 

Theresa Schroeder posted on 10/7/17

Marsha and family so sorry for your loss of husband and father. Rick was a wonderful man and so dedicated to his family. May all the good memories be with you during this difficult time.

 

Anita (Foraker) Conrad posted on 10/7/17

Prayers to the family, he will be greatly miss.

 

Tim and Joan Moore posted on 10/7/17

To Marsha and family So sorry for your families loss BIG RICK was a hella of a fella many of good times many of them at Capital Lanes and many other places he will missed very much with much love Tim and Joan Moore

 

Vicki posted on 10/7/17

What a beautiful tribute! May God bless your family and friends, with love and peace. Comforting you in the times where it gets dark. Letting your light shine brightly, as only you can do!

 

Mark & Robin Clark posted on 10/6/17

We are so Sorry to hear of Rick's passing...Many Prayer's during this difficult time...

 

Dennis & Debbie Cox posted on 10/6/17

Words never seem adequate in times like these, but we are thinking of all of you and share in your loss.

 

Shirley Leighley posted on 10/6/17

Sympathies to your family. Such a great man.

 

Francine Taylor posted on 10/6/17

Dear Marsha and family, I graduated with Rick and also knew you and Carla through our Northgate connection as my ex and I lived next to Carla and Roger.9Fran Wilson) What I remember most about sweet Rick was his beaming smile and his laugh. May God hold you close over the days ahead. My deepest condolences. Fran Binger Taylor, Montross, VA

 

MARY ALLESHOUSE posted on 10/6/17

EVEN THOUGH I ONLY REALLY KNEW RICK THROUGH SOFTBALL HE MADE SUCH A LASTING IMPRESSION ON MY LIFE. HE LIVED LIFE WITH SUCH ENTHUSIASM AND PASSION. THE HOURS THAT HE DEVOTED TO THE GIRLS SOFTBALL WERE ALL VOLUNTEER, JUST FOR THE LOVE OF THE GIRLS AND THE GAME. THESE GIRLS COULDN'T HAVE HAD A BETTER ROLE MODEL. EVEN WHEN THINGS WERE NOT GOING WELL IN A GAME HE ALWAYS HAD AN OPTIMISTIC WORD FOR THE GIRLS, ALWAYS SOMETHING POSTIVE TO SAY. YOU WILL BE MISSED MORE THAN YOU CAN KNOW & CERTAINLY CAN NEVER BE REPLACED. ALL WHO HAD THE LUCK OF HAVING YOU TOUCH THEIR LIVES SHOULD CONSIDER THEMSELVES VERY LUCKY. LOVE & PRAYERS TO YOUR FAMILY

 

Tracey and Darrell Terry posted on 10/6/17

So incredibly sorry for your loss. He was a great man, and we were so blessed to have gotten to know him! Sending love and prayers, Darrell and Tracey Terry

 

Stacey Vickers posted on 10/6/17

Marsha and family, I'm so sorry to hear of you loss of Rick. You have my deepest sympathy and prayers for your whole family God bless you all. Stacey Vickers ?

 

Stacey Vickers posted on 10/6/17

Marsha and family I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Rick. You have my deepest sympathy and prayers for you all. God bless you. Stacey Vickers

 

Matt and Yvonne Thomas posted on 10/6/17

So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family. Deepest sympathy for you. ?

 

Rosemary Walton posted on 10/6/17

Dear Will and family, I am so sad for your loss. It sounds like your brother was an amazing part of your family and he certainly resembles you. I will be praying for your family and a new angel has entered Heaven!

 

Dave & Jane Gingrich posted on 10/6/17

Marsha and family, We are so sorry for your loss. We will remember Rick for his big personality and a happy disposition. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

 

James and Misty McNiff posted on 10/6/17

You are all in my thoughts and prayers. He has touched so many lives in his short time on this earth. He was a great man that will forever be remembered. God bless you all in this time of loss.

 

Lucy Wood posted on 10/6/17

I'm so sorry Marsha and family!!I'm praying for all of you as you go through the loss of a great man!

 

Christine Davis posted on 10/6/17

You will be missed by many Big Rick. Prayers to your family in this healing process.

 

Anne N Riggs posted on 10/6/17

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Rick as a really great dad and a super guy. My sincere condolences to all of you. Anne Riggs

 

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