Budd M. Clark, 97, a well-known Wysox area businessman and community leader, died peacefully on Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Budd was born on Oct. 21, 1916 in Mansfield, the son of Budd A. Clark and Ella Louise Bates Clark.
An Eagle Scout, Budd graduated from Mansfield High School and continued his education at Mansfield State College, obtaining a degree in education. He would later receive a degree in agriculture from Penn State University. In his early years, he worked on the docks in Philadelphia as a fruit inspector and later taught for the Allentown Area School District. He also was the general manager of several GLF locations throughout New York State. Relocating from Mansfield to Wysox in 1946, Budd became the general manager of West Motors, owned by his brother-in-law, Stuart West.
On June 12, 1950, Budd married the former Almeda Brown in Franklindale. This past June, Budd and Almeda celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.
In 1956, Budd founded Clark Furniture and Carpetland, a successful business he actively operated for over 50 years. He was a very active member of the community, serving as president of the Towanda Area School Board for many years, the Central Bradford County Chamber of Commerce, which recently presented him with the “Old Faithful” lifetime achievement award, the Blue Lodge of the Masonic Temple; obtaining the 32nd degree, Odd Fellows, Shriners, and the Rotary Club. Mr. Clark also held the position of Bradford County Republican Committeeman for over 40 years. Budd was also a devoted, long-time member of the First United Methodist Church of Towanda.
An avid sports enthusiast, Budd was often seen jogging across Veterans’ Memorial Bridge well into his eighties. He enjoyed traveling, history and studying Latin. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather and will be deeply missed.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Almeda Brown Clark of Wysox, are his sons, Budd W. Clark of Wysox, Tim Clark and his wife, Elyse of Towanda; daughters, Rebecca Clark of Franklindale and Sarah Clark Burlingame and her husband, Ron of Towanda; grandchildren, David and Adam, Heather, Kevin, Erica, Jordan and Nolan, Ronnie, Blake, Trey and Lincoln; greatgrandchildren, Casey, Seth Alex and Rylan, Owen and Landon, Breanna and Addison and his great-great-grandson, Weston.
In addition to his parents, Budd was predeceased by his sister and brother-in-law, Sara Clark West and Stuart West of Mansfield; granddaughter, Brittany Anne Burlingame and great-granddaughter, Brynn Mae Burlingame.
A celebration of Budd’s life will be held on Sunday, July 20, beginning at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Towanda. The family will receive friends beginning at 1 p.m. at the church until the time of the service. Interment will be private in the Wysox Cemetery.
Contributions may be directed to the First United Methodist Church, 105 Main St., Towanda, PA; the Towanda Public Library, 104 Main St., Towanda, PA, or to the Towanda Rotary Club, Budd M. Clark Scholarship Fund, c/o Lori Blascak, Treasurer, Citizens & Northern Bank, 428 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848 in Budd’s memory.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.
Memories and condolences may be expressed by visiting www.bowenfuneralhomes.com.