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“Planning a travel in US for next year, I discovered that my friend Ray passed away. I'm a french private pilot and I knew Ray during a temporary...Read More »
1 of 100+ | Posted by: Didier Nadaud - Friend

“You can tell how many lives Ray had the opportunity to touch by the number of people who have signed his memory pages here. This is a monument of...Read More »
2 of 100+ | Posted by: Eric Miller - Columbus, IN

“Ray taught me to fly.... to "love' to fly. In one day he made me do 53 touch and go landings at Shawnee. He would reach over and cut the engine...Read More »
3 of 100+ | Posted by: Eric Miller - Columbus, IN

“i miss you pa-pa! i love you wish i could have got to know you better... every time i see an airplane go by i think of you.:[ ”
4 of 100+ | Posted by: Bailey Bateman - Austin, IN

“One year ago today DAD... Love and miss you and MOM both so much. See you soon! Love Lisa Jill #3 ”
5 of 100+ | Posted by: Lisa - Washington, IN

“Merry Christmas Dad and Mom I know you are having a beautiful Christmas with all our loved ones there with you and we sure do miss you all here on...Read More »
6 of 100+ | Posted by: Lisa - Washington, IN

“I 'loved' Ray. My parents, Richard & Betty Nolley, managed the county home & land that the Daviess Co. Airport was on. Ray taught me to fly shortly...Read More »
7 of 100+ | Posted by: Kathy (Nolley) Moore - IN

“Happy 90th birthday Dad... I miss you more each day and love you always. Lisa and Ronnie ”
8 of 100+ | Posted by: Ronnie & Lisa - Washington, IN

“What a beautiful day for Pap's celebration! I was proud to be Debbie's daughter and Pap's granddaughter. Rya ”
9 of 100+ | Posted by: Rya Hamilton - Fairbanks, IN

“Ray was a very important part of my childhood. Aviation was one of my earliest ventures into adulthood; at the age of 13, Ray made the first entry in...Read More »
10 of 100+ | Posted by: Monty R. Howell - IN

“I started flying a two axis Ultra Light in 1988 and got a hanger in Paoli to keep it. I was wanting something with better control and so I bought a...Read More »
11 of 100+ | Posted by: Jesse A. Hardin - Bloomfield, IN

“I started flying a two axis Ultra Light in 1988 and got a hanger in Paoli to keep it. I was wanting something with better control and so I bought a...Read More »
12 of 100+ | Posted by: Jesse A.Hardin - Bloomfield, IN

“July 04, 2009 Mom used to say,"You're just like your Dad! Slow as a seven-year-itch!"I tried my best to speed things up but that always caused a...Read More »
13 of 100+ | Posted by: Cathy (Clark) Mills - WI

“Ray was truly a one-of-a-kind person. Rarely does any pilot amass the number of students taught to become pilots, the experiences gained and the...Read More »
14 of 100+ | Posted by: Vic Fox - Warren (PDX), OR

“I started flying a two axis Ultra Light in 1988 and got a hanger in Paoli to keep it. I was wanting something with better control and so I bought a...Read More »
15 of 100+ | Posted by: Jesse A. Hardin - Bloomfield, IN

“Ray has always been my hero in the field of avation,knowing that he touched so many lives. I know that he taught so many people to fly, and enjoy...Read More »
16 of 100+ | Posted by: Darrell R Stoll - Washington, IN

“I am writing this for my brother Max Allegree. I remember driving Max to the airport in Wash., Ind. when I first got a driver license.He worked for...Read More »
17 of 100+ | Posted by: Max Allegree - Bridgeport, IL

“Ray soloed me when I was 69 yrs old. It was where he last flew at the airport close to Vincennes, Ind. It was at the same airfield the he soloed my...Read More »
18 of 100+ | Posted by: Neil Allegree - Alpha, KY

“All of my life I've wanted to be a pilot. A friend of mine had an ultralight hangered at the Paoli airport. Well, that's when it all started. After a...Read More »
19 of 100+ | Posted by: David A. Hershberger - Unionville, IN

“Ray was my inspiration and the reason I began a career in aviation. It was certainly something that I never thought I would ever do. I was just one...Read More »
20 of 100+ | Posted by: David R Long - El Cajon, CA

“I was saddened to hear of Ray's passing and my sympathy goes to all the family. Ray always seemed bigger than life to me. He was always kind to...Read More »
21 of 100+ | Posted by: Sharon Goodwin Arnold - Vincennes, IN

“My mind is so full of thoughts of all of you. I am so glad I will get to see the four of you, I hope to see pictures of Janet and of all of your...Read More »
22 of 100+ | Posted by: Mary Ann - Columbus, IN

“To the family of Ray Clark. So sorry for your loss . I loved Ray with all my heart . The most wonderful Brother-in-law a person could ever have and...Read More »
23 of 100+ | Posted by: Betty Schultz - Greenfield, IN

“So sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. I know you didn't want to see him suffer. It is very hard to watch. He was a good man, I always looked up...Read More »
24 of 100+ | Posted by: David,Lori,Emily & Eli Schnarr - IN

“Debbie So sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. He was a good man and a great Dad and I know how much you all loved him and will miss him. Our...Read More »
25 of 100+ | Posted by: Jeanie Cobb - Cottondale, AL

“Dear Lisa & Ron, We are so sorry for the loss of your Dad. May our thoughts and prayers be a comfort to you at this very difficult time. With...Read More »
26 of 100+ | Posted by: Mary & Jack Steiner - Montgomery, IN

“Debbie and Lisa, Thank you for your condolences. May I extend my sympathy to your family on the passing of your father, also. They were a couple of...Read More »
27 of 100+ | Posted by: Jamie & Chuck Garrett - IN

“Dear Debra We were sorry to hear of Ray's death last month. Dad & Mom (Walt & Lila Thurman) shared the newspaper announcement with me when I visited...Read More »
28 of 100+ | Posted by: Linda & Mike - Sleepy Hollow, IL

“We are so sorry to hear of Ray's passing. Ray is an icon in the field of aviation. When the Graham Farm's airport was opened by Ray, my father being...Read More »
29 of 100+ | Posted by: Robert Harbstreit - Washington, IN

“I learned to fly at Daviess County Airport and Ray was my first flight instructor. It was 1967 and I was 15 years old. I did not even have a...Read More »
30 of 100+ | Posted by: Neil Yeager - Brewster, NY

“It was brought to my attention that when I signed the guestbook before, for some reason only my information appeared, not my message so I wanted to...Read More »
31 of 100+ | Posted by: Drew Clark - Evansville, IN

“Ray Clark loved dogs. When he was about 16 years old, he had a little black dog. It was very cute with medium long hair. Ray named it...Read More »
32 of 100+ | Posted by: Marian Alvers - New York, NY

“Just had to let those who care know I had errands in town yesterday and ran into so many who knew my Dad, Ray Clark. Everyone of them said the...Read More »
33 of 100+ | Posted by: #3 daughter - Washington, IN

“So very sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. He was a nice man. My boys (now men) still remember him taking them up in a plane. It sure made...Read More »
34 of 100+ | Posted by: Dwight & Viola Cox - Burns City, IN

“I wish I could have met Ray. Those old CPT instructors performed a real service. I saw his obit in the Springs Valley Herald. Best regards to his...Read More »
35 of 100+ | Posted by: Fritz Dixon, M. D. - Meridian, ID

“Ray, I miss you already. You always took the time to talk to me when I called you. I remember about 2 years ago, I called you on your cell. You had...Read More »
36 of 100+ | Posted by: Marian Alvers - New York, NY

“Lisa, We were all very sorry to hear about your father. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. Take care, Mark Reyhar ”
37 of 100+ | Posted by: Securitas Security - Terre Haute, IN

“Ray was the most wonderful man we ever met. We loved him dearly and will be missed. ”
38 of 100+ | Posted by: Shirley,Ray Smitson and Family - IN

“I suppose it was in 1977 when I first met Pap. The things I remember most were his devotion to his family, his unrelenting love of flying and his...Read More »
39 of 100+ | Posted by: Cheryl Buss - Monroe City, IN

“...the love he shared will forever be a part of your life ... Your Father is with you still. With deepest sympathy, Ron Hendricks ”
40 of 100+ | Posted by: Ron Hendricks - Bloomfield, IN

“With deepest sympathy. Curtis and Janet ”
41 of 100+ | Posted by: Curtis Hornaday - Loogootee, IN

“With deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time of sorrow. Ray's mail carrier, Shirley ”
42 of 100+ | Posted by: Shirley Holland - Vincennes, IN

“For every joy that passes, a beautiful memory remains. I know your family has many beautiful memories, as do I. Mary ”
43 of 100+ | Posted by: Mary Lewis - Berea, OH

“Dear Pap, I miss you soo much! I wish I would have gotten to see you more often. I Love You! ”
44 of 100+ | Posted by: Abbi Heironimus - Oakland City, IN

“Uncle Ray was blessed and a blessing. Your cousin. Donna Rae ”
45 of 100+ | Posted by: Don and Donna Brandenburg - IN

“God bless you. Kathy You are in our prayers. Gary ”
46 of 100+ | Posted by: Gary and Kathy Copp - Vincennes, IN

“Caring thoughts to you and your family in your sorrow. ”
47 of 100+ | Posted by: Nancy and Jack Willis - Sullivan, IN

“You're in our prayers, Kenny and Kelly ”
48 of 100+ | Posted by: Kenny and Kelly Shults - IN

“Please know I'm thinking of you and your family, keeping you in my heart. Ray was an incredible person and I know he touched alot of lives. Always,...Read More »
49 of 100+ | Posted by: Connie Deckard - Vincennes, IN

“Ray was a wonderful man! He left us with many warm memories. Wayne and Judy ”
50 of 100+ | Posted by: Wayne Johnson - Donna, TX

“Ray was my greatest flight instructor! ”
51 of 100+ | Posted by: Bernie Kidwell - Washington, IN

“Sorry to read of Ray's passing. Ray taught me to fly in the early 80's when I lived in Bloomfield. He was a great guy and a great American. Dow Myers ”
52 of 100+ | Posted by: Dow Myers - Bloomington, IN

“Debbie, I am positive I will see your Dad again because I know he is taking Bear for a walk in Heaven. Thinking of you and praying for you, Melissa ”
53 of 100+ | Posted by: Melissa Schmidt - Vincennes, IN

“I will always remember the first time I met Pap. Within minutes of meeting him, he was offering to take me up in his plane. I was definitely scared...Read More »
54 of 100+ | Posted by: Rennie Torres - IL

“Sorry to read of Ray's passing. Ray taught me to fly in the early 80's when I lived in Bloomfield. He was a great guy and a great American. Dow Meyers ”
55 of 100+ | Posted by: Dow Myers - Bloomington, IN

“My sincere sympathy to Ray's daughters and their families. I remember Ray as a kind and gentle man of values and kean responsibilities toward his...Read More »
56 of 100+ | Posted by: Judi Alexander Hill - Washington, IN

“The Family of Ray Clark, Sorry to hear of the passing of Ray Clark. Ray and I traveled throughout many states for speaking engagements. He would...Read More »
57 of 100+ | Posted by: David L Harris - Loogootee, IN

“My thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you. ”
58 of 100+ | Posted by: Mary Nowikowski - Bloomfield, IN

“I spent a lot of Sunday afternoons on the ground watching Ray teach Wes to fly.He would always say after they were done for the day "Do you want to...Read More »
59 of 100+ | Posted by: Carolyn Jackson - Evansville, IN

60 of 100+ | Posted by: wes jackson - evansville, IN

“Hello Everyone, and hello Ray, I know he is flying with angels today and telling them to tip those wings a little more and ease into that dive......Read More »
61 of 100+ | Posted by: Freddie Shaw Anderson - IN

“Aviation is cilquish. What I remember most about Ray was his refusal to allow his students to form cliques. He made a point of introducing new...Read More »
62 of 100+ | Posted by: Martin Weaver - Martinsville, IN

“Memories of my Daddy I remember when we lived at the end of the runway at the old airport. It had a hand pump for water we had to prime to get a...Read More »
63 of 100+ | Posted by: Deb - Vincennes, IN

“When someone dies, it is nice when you can have sweet memories that last a lifetime. Thanks for all the memories, Uncle Ray. The last time we...Read More »
64 of 100+ | Posted by: Linda Alvers - New York, NY

“Although I did not see my Pap as often as most of the grandkids (only a couple times a year), the memories are many and are vivid. The first...Read More »
65 of 100+ | Posted by: Sarah Torres - Chicago, IL

“I was a high school student when I went to work for Ray Clark. He was looking for someone to work in the office at the airport during the summer to...Read More »
66 of 100+ | Posted by: Mary Ann Utterback Johnson - IN

“Ray Clark A man who came of age during the great depression. He went hungry many times to be sure that others did not, and yet dared to dream...Read More »
67 of 100+ | Posted by: Don Singleton - Vincennes, IN

“To all the family of Ray Clark. My deepest sympathies go to all of you. May God comfort you and may you find joy in the wonderful memories of all who...Read More »
68 of 100+ | Posted by: vicki - vincennes, IN

“I have known Ray for about 60 years and was his accountant for many years. He should have been a wealthy man, there are hundreds of flyers that ran...Read More »
69 of 100+ | Posted by: Thomas Doyle - Washington, IN

“When Ray was a freshman in high school, our Mom would send him and I to the grocery store. We lived out past Mesker Park and had to walk to the A & P...Read More »
70 of 100+ | Posted by: Marian Alvers - New York, NY

“This story about Ray is called Naked Ray. Debbie asked me to put this in the guestbook. One summer day, probably around 1936, after the death of our...Read More »
71 of 100+ | Posted by: Marian Alvers - New York, NY

“One day, Ray, our Mom and me, Marian were outside in the yard. Ray was teasing me, as big brothers do, so I kicked him. He doubled over in great...Read More »
72 of 100+ | Posted by: Marian Alvers - New York, NY

“Elly has many questions about "why Pap went to Heaven." I hope that by allowing her to write something to Pap that she will begin to have a peace...Read More »
73 of 100+ | Posted by: Elly Hamilton - Fairbanks, IN

“As a little girl, I remember going to the airport to fly with Pap. My brother and I always looked forward to our trip home to Indiana in the summer...Read More »
74 of 100+ | Posted by: Rya Hamilton - Fairbanks, IN

“Pap, First of all, be sure to give Moomie, Alpo, Aunt Janet and my Dad a big hug or a handshake for me(as we all know how you don't like to hug men)...Read More »
75 of 100+ | Posted by: Coy Bateman - Evansville, IN

“When I think of you Pap I think of: Airplanes and airplane rides...laying on my belly in the rear of the plane, waiting for you to do your tricks,...Read More »
76 of 100+ | Posted by: Heather Lane - Hillsboro, OH

“I was a friend of Ray's daughter, Debbie, and I have many happy memories of being at the Clark home when I was young. ”
77 of 100+ | Posted by: Debbie Heffernan - Montgomery, IN

“Flying High Ray Clark, a man of substance, filled with a purpose of dedication and service to everyone through aviation. He used to say the journey...Read More »
78 of 100+ | Posted by: Claudette - Washington, IN

“A caring husband, father, grandfather, friend and instructor, Ray Clark. A pioneer in aviation who touched the lives of so many in a loving positive...Read More »
79 of 100+ | Posted by: Claudette - Washington, IN

“May God bless you Debbie, Lisa, Cathy, and Jodi. You girls gave your dad and mom the best of love and care. May God bless you Tink for all you did...Read More »
80 of 100+ | Posted by: ClaudetteT - Washington, IN

“Pap, you are the greatest man I have ever known! Some of my best memories include walking from "Moomie and Pap's House" to the airport. You always...Read More »
81 of 100+ | Posted by: Tyra Allen - Oakland City, IN

“I'm Randy's Mom, and I didn't know Ray very well. But I had a very nice thing happen near the end of Ray's life. I made the family some deviled eggs....Read More »
82 of 100+ | Posted by: Marj Benjamin - Vincennes, IN

“Pap, It was an honor to have had you in my life. I've always looked to the sky when I heard an airplane and wondered if it was you looking down on me...Read More »
83 of 100+ | Posted by: Shayna Otto - Loogootee, IN

“My husband George and I shared a friendship with Ray and Margie that went back to the days when we were dating. I have wonderful memories through...Read More »
84 of 100+ | Posted by: Wanda Grove - Katy, TX

“Just glad to have been a friend. ”
85 of 100+ | Posted by: Lee Martin - Washington, IN

“You have my deepest sympathy for your loss. I only met Mr. Clark once. It was in October of 2007. My father passed away at the age of 65. He came...Read More »
86 of 100+ | Posted by: Rebecca Mossberger Harvey - IN

“I love you Pap and miss you dearly ”
87 of 100+ | Posted by: Emily Heironimus - Oakland City, IN

“Debbie, what a wonderful memorial. So many lives were touched by your dad. I know he raised a beautiful daughter that loved and cared for him deeply...Read More »
88 of 100+ | Posted by: Rhonda & Billy Hagan - Denison, TX

“Our deepest condolences to Debbie and the rest of Ray's family. Ray feels no more pain. My fondest memory with Ray is when he took my boys and...Read More »
89 of 100+ | Posted by: Kenny and Kelly Shults - IN

“Dear Lisa, So sorry to hear of your Dad's death. I am sure your family will miss him greatly. Such a nice write-up in the paper. He lived a rich...Read More »
90 of 100+ | Posted by: Judy Sellers - Washington, IN

91 of 100+ | Posted by: JOE & THERESA ABNEY(WIKLE) - IN

“In Memory Of Ray Clark God looked around his garden and he found an empty place.He then looked down on this Earth, and saw Ray's tired...Read More »
92 of 100+ | Posted by: Rosemarie woolard - vincennes, IN

“Debbie: I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I always liked him as he was a very easy man to like. There is no one quite like a little girls dad,...Read More »
93 of 100+ | Posted by: Norma Goodpaster - Holland, IN

“I believe your father is the reason I love airplanes. Rumor is my name was to be Cessna, because that's the plane Ray taught my father to fly in. ...Read More »
94 of 100+ | Posted by: Kristi - IN

“Dear Lisa & Ronnie and your family, I'm so sorry to her about your Dad, I know how hard it is, and it is so true they don't make them like my Daddy...Read More »
95 of 100+ | Posted by: Margie Stevenson - Camden, OH

“Debbie Your father always had a welcoming smile and a made me feel at ease in his presence.I am amazed at the strength and grace you two shared the...Read More »
96 of 100+ | Posted by: Vicki Morgan - Vincennes, IN

“So sorry to hear about your dad, your in my thoughts and prayes. Pastor Ed ”
97 of 100+ | Posted by: Eddie Bennett - vincennes, IN

“I will never forget all the fun times we had as kids growing up. When all the cousins got together it was quite a treat. I can remember laughing till...Read More »
98 of 100+ | Posted by: Kandy Kissel Steinfurth - TX

“My son, my wife and myself have had lessons from you. May the Lord give you your well deserved set of golden wings. ”
99 of 100+ | Posted by: Dallas L. Benham - Lyons, IN

“Some of my fondest, and earliest, childhood memories are those shared with the Clark family, in their warm welcoming home and at the local airport. ...Read More »
100 of 100+ | Posted by: Lonnie (Grove) Synoradzki - TX

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Ray Alton Clark

Ray Alton Clark, 89, passed away at his home on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, in Vincennes.
He was born in Spencer County, the oldest son of Luke Alton and Gustava Lois(Cissna) Clark.
Ray graduated from Reitz High School in Evansville in 1937 and was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Washington and many aviation organizations.
Ray is survived by his sister, Marian Alvers of New York City; a brother, Kenneth Clark of Indianapolis; five daughters, Mrs. Judith Hoffer of Portland, Ore., Debra Clark of Vincennes, Mrs. Ronald K. (Lisa) Lewis of Washington, Mrs. Keith (Cathy) Mills of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., and Jodi Clark of Columbus; also surviving is his second wife Claudette Ritz of Washington, Indiana, her children Tina Durnil of Washington, Indiana, Barbara Ritz of Indianapolis, and Lori Ritz of Claymore, Oklahoma; 27 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous others whose lives he touched. He was much loved and will be missed.
Preceding Ray in death were his parents; three brothers; two sisters; his wife of 37 years, Margie (Plummer) Clark; one daughter, Mrs. Michael (Janet)
Early; one son, Luke Clark; and one grandson.
Ray¹s father died when he was 16, and he became the family breadwinner. He worked briefly in a refrigerator factory in Evansville while finishing high school until he was awarded a Civilian Pilot Training Program Scholarship.
Thus began his lifelong love of flying. He was awarded a second scholarship for advanced study and remembers being on the top bunk of his dorm room in
the hangar on Dec. 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor. His training was accelerated, and he became a CPT instructor for military pilots, having been rejected for military service due to extremely flat feet. Ray trained World War II pilots for the Army and Navy.
After the war and many training stations, he returned to Indiana and along with two other men formed the Daviess County Airport in Washington. After his "retirement" from there, he reopened, revitalized and managed many small airports around Indiana, believing airports were vital to rural areas. He
taught thousands to fly, many at his own expense, clocked more than 100, 000 flight hours and shared his passion for aeronautics with all he met.
He often said he had never worked a day in his life because he went to a job he loved for more than 70 years.
Ray donated his body to science, and a private memorial service will be held at a later date. Please leave online condolences and any special memories of
Ray to be shared with his family and friends at his memorial to: iuisno1@rtccom.net or sign an online guestbook at www.harrywmoore.com.
Condolences can also be mailed to: 44 Thompson Drive, Vincennes, IN 47591.
The family is establishing a pilot training scholarship fund in his name.
Donations may be made through the family until plans are finalized and will be announced at the memorial.

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