Gerard (Jerry) Francis Cark, 78, of Ann Arbor, Mich., died peacefully on July 28, 2010. Jerry was the son of Clarence J. and Kathryn M. born in October of 1931. He is preceded in death by sister, Kathryn Lung and brothers, Clarence and John Cark.
He attended St. Charles Elementary School and graduated from Central Catholic High School. He was drafted out of high school, in 1949, into the US Army during the Korean Conflict. After basic training he served his time guarding the Panama Canal. Jerry was self-employed most of his life and enjoyed over 30 years of retirement. He was married to Joan Linderman in June of 1959 and resided at Evans Lake in the Irish Hills of Michigan for 25 years. He could be seen anywhere in the country at a bluegrass festival.
He is survived by wife, Joan of Ann Arbor, Mich.; daughters Kathryn Cark of Houston, Texas, Lisa (Mike) MacDonald of Hersey, Mich., Brenda (Bernard) Tucker of Ypsilanti, Mich., Patricia (Frank Vincent) Cark of St. John, United States Virgin Islands; and son, Michael (Kerri) Cark of New Smyrna, Fla.
He had great fun and shared joy with grandchildren Millicent and Matthew MacDonald and Morgan and Michael Cark they will miss him dearly. He has many nieces and nephews that he loved and enjoyed spending time with. He showed his family how to enjoy life, love every minute and cherish the simple pleasures.
Jerry will be cremated and mass will be said in his honor on Friday, July 30 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Shrine in the Irish Hills where he will be buried.
Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Joseph Shrine, Brooklyn, Mich. or Arbor Hospice, Ann Arbor, Mich.