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Charles Edward Clark
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Birth: Oct. 13, 1913
Bowman County
North Dakota, USA
Death: Nov. 9, 1999
Olmsted County
Minnesota, USA

ROCHESTER -- A funeral Mass will be held for Charles Edward Clark at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pax Christi Catholic Church with the Rev. Kurt Farrell officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Mr. Clark, 86, of Town Hall Estates, a longtime Rochester resident and original owner of Cheap Charlie's Cafe, died of congestive heart failure Tuesday (Nov. 9, 1999) at Seasons Hospice following a lengthy illness.

Born Oct. 13, 1913, in Scranton, N.D., he graduated from Platteville, Wis., High School where he excelled in basketball, football and track, and received scholarships to the Wisconsin School of Mines and Platteville Teachers College. During the Great Depression he rode freight trains across the country in search of work and trained to be a cook at a Civilian Conservation Corps camp in Houston County, Minn. On May 13, 1941, he married Viola E. Koester in Rochester. His wife was a homemaker and a registered nurse at Saint Marys Hospital for many years. She died in 1992.

He and his wife owned a pool hall in St. Charles before World War II broke out. During the war he served with the Army Corps of Engineers building runways in a number of locations, including the Aleutian Islands, and was a guard at the atomic bomb research facility in Hanford, Wash. After the war, he was a chef at the Kahler Hotel in Rochester for 12 years. In 1955, he opened the 400 Cafe (named for a passenger train that once served Rochester) and from 1966 to 1978 owned and operated Cheap Charlie's Cafe. Mr. Clark helped organize Union Local 21 in Rochester and later was a business agent for the AFL-CIO. He was active in the Democratic Party, a 50-year member of the Eagles Club and a parishioner of Pax Christi and St. John's Catholic churches.

Survivors include six children, Terry, Sharie (Hutcheson) Penny, Jim, Tom, and Colleen Wente, all of Rochester, and Judy Rasmusson of Eagan, Minn.; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a brother, John D. of Rochester. A brother and two sisters preceded him in death.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Macken Funeral Home and an hour before the service at the church. There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Seasons Hospice.

Family links: 
  George Edward Clark (1874 - 1960)
  Anna Sarah Ryan Clark (1893 - 1987)
  Viola E Koester Clark (1917 - 1992)*
  William George Clark (1910 - 1974)*
  Mary Elizabeth Clark Maass (1912 - 1999)*
  Charles Edward Clark (1913 - 1999)
  Dorothy Lucille Clark (1917 - 1981)*
  John Donald Clark (1925 - 2006)*
*Calculated relationship
Calvary Cemetery
Olmsted County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: Sec 35, Lot 9, Site 1E
Created by: Laura Hawkins
Record added: Apr 30, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 89372822
Charles Edward Clark
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