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Stanley  William Clarke
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  • American Red Cross - Southeastern Michigan Chapter
    P.O. Box 44110
    Detroit, MI 48244-0110

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“As we grieve Bills passing, we'll always remember the good times we all had here in Florida Garage selling, sitting by the pool, enjoying a beer and...Read More »
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“Our prayers are with your family. He was such a nice man. We are very fortunate to have known him and his family. Love to you all. ”
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Stanley William Clarke, age 91, died Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Beaumont Hospital in Troy, Michigan. Stanley was born August 18, 1926 in Detroit to the late Stanley Bruce and the late Dorothy (nee: Dailey) Clarke.

Born and raised in Detroit, there was a point in time when Stanley lived across the street from a beautiful young lady by the name of Rose. It was actually 13 years that they were neighbors, but little did they initially know that Cupid's arrow would one day change the picture of their lives,…and their future. What began as neighbors turned into friendship, a friendship that led to dating, the culmination of which found them both at the altar of marriage on November 21, 1959 at St. Rita Catholic Church in Detroit. Stanley was 33 and Rose, his blushing bride, was a mere 20 years of age when they shared their vows and became husband & wife.

But prior to this romantic chapter in Stanley's life, there was this little thing called the Korean War that reared its ugly head and stirred the hearts of many of our young men to answer the call of patriotism by joining the armed forces,…and Stanley was one of those valiant Americans. At 22 years of age, he enlisted in the U.S. Army on August 31, 1948 in Dearborn, Michigan, and served for 3 years and 9 months, with 1 year and 7 months spent overseas standing with our allies for the cause of freedom. Stanley received his honorable discharge on June 5, 1952 at Camp Carson, Colorado, and was a decorated veteran with commendations and medals acknowledging his distinguished service, good conduct, and the part he played in the occupation of Japan.

So it is, with thanks and praise from a grateful nation, we honor Stanley for his service to our country and for his willingness to stand in harm's way during the Korean War era. Having attained the rank of Sergeant, Stanley played an integral role towards the victory achieved through his sound leadership abilities. For the sacrifices made and the bravery exuded, we extend our posthumous gratitude to Stanley for his service and dedication.

Though he was quite proud of the heights he had achieved in becoming an automotive engineer, there were so many other aspects of this eclectic man that help paint a broader picture of who he truly was and the things he enjoyed. One of these was definitely his garden, his backyard pride & joy that was filled with the fruits of his labors and a sight to behold for all who partook. With the knowledge and skills of a Master Gardener, Stanley poured the best parts of his tender-loving-care into its growth and nurturing. And while we're in the backyard, another notable mention would have to be the prize pond that accompanied his beautiful garden, and his little friends with fins and gills that always kept Stanley entertained. Of course, the simple mention of Stanley's pond just naturally leads to the larger body of water in his backyard,…that refreshing pool that helped to make for some wonderful summer fun. As the one in the neighborhood with a pool in the yard, Stanley's place was the Mecca of Activity for all the kids,…and the perfect venue to host his infamous barbeques.

Whether it was by the pool or somewhere else relaxing, Stanley was known for his proclivity in sunbathing. He loved, loved, loved sitting in the sun and catchin' some rays. The only thing that could make that picture better would've been a Coca-Cola in his hand. He had a huge appetite for the iconic thirst-quencher and enjoyed its refreshing blast at every opportunity. Since we're mentioning "sweet treats,"…it makes perfect sense that Stanley's sweet tooth was constantly seeking to feed its hunger, with one of his favorites being the old fashioned black licorice. Yet this modest story of Stanley's life just wouldn't be complete without addressing the immeasurable love and care he poured into his furry, four-legged, feline friends, the Cats. In their own fashion, they had a way of lifting his spirits and providing him countless hours of joy over the years.

A loving husband, father and grandfather, Stanley impacted a plethora of hearts and souls in his journey through life, and leaves a trail of the many family members and friends who shared that journey and live to regale the moments where Stanley truly made a difference. May each reflection be a remembrance of the many ways that Stanley gave so freely, influenced so greatly, and extended himself so unconditionally. He will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Stanley was the beloved husband of Rose for 58 years. Loving father of Kent Clarke, Bill (Stacey) Clarke, Nancy (Frank) Basilisco, Mark Clarke, and John (Tina) Clarke. Cherished grandfather of Michael Basilisco, Kristina Clarke, Angela Basilisco, Jeffrey Clarke, Marcus Clarke, Brett Clarke, Corey Clarke, Marissa Clarke, Ethan Clarke, Aiden Clarke, and Joseph Clarke.

Visitation for Stanley will be held Thursday, January 25th from 3-9 pm, with a 6:30 pm Rosary Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 1/2 Mile Rd.).

He will lie in state on Friday from 10:00 am until the time of his Funeral Mass at 10:30 am at St. Faustina Catholic Church, 14025 E. Twelve Mile Road in Warren.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross, Southeastern Michigan Chapter, P.O. Box 44110, Detroit, MI 48244-0110.

Please share memories at Stanley's guest book above.