Royal Gerald 'Gary' Clack


Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2005




Longtime Soldotna resident Royal Gerald "Gary" Clack died Monday, May 2, 2005, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 79.

Memorial services will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at the Soldotna Masonic Lodge. Pastor Greg Russell will officiate. Honorary pallbearers will be Ryan Townsend, Jim Clack II, Dane Clack, Joshua Gemmell, Geoffrey Gemmell and Cody Clack.

Mr. Clack was born June 20, 1925, in Eugene, Ore. He attended school through the 11th grade then joined the military to serve his country. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on June 12, 1943, and was honorably discharged Dec. 5, 1945.

Mr. Clack worked as a line driver and had many places of employment in Oregon and Alaska. He hauled items such as produce, livestock and explosives.

He moved to Alaska in 1968 and also hauled equipment on ice roads during the pipeline construction in the 1970s. He retired from truck driving with Teamsters Local No. 959 in 1981. He and his wife opened K-Beach Hobbies until it closed in 1995, due to his declining health.

Mr. Clack was an assistant Boy Scout leader in Veneta, Ore. He was a member of the Kenai Elks Lodge No. 2425, where he went through the chairs and was the Exalted Ruler from 1981-82. He was a Mason, Shriner and a member of the Scottish Rite through the Soldotna Temple.

Mr. Clack enjoyed fishing, hunting and building model airplanes. Before moving to Alaska, he loved swimming, boat racing and water skiing. He had his commercial pilot and certified flight instructor's rating. He also flew biplanes and was an aerobatics pilot.

"He will be missed, but we know now he is no longer in pain," his family said.

Mr. Clack was preceded in death by his parents, James Roy and Hazel Ann Clack; great-granddaughter, Amanda Bethany Strong; and lifelong friend, Bud Tripp.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Josephine Clack of Soldotna; daughters, Sandra Strong of Kelso, Wash., and Georgia and Tom Blazy of Anchor Point; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Steve Townsend of Prineville, Ore., and Carletta and David Gemmell of Kenai; son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Alice Clack of Salem, Ore.; grandchildren, Michelle Tait, Ty and Colleen Strong, Shane and Cisa Strong, Dorie Woodke, Wendy Jo Page, Ryan and Maggie Townsend, Kristeena Townsend, James Clack II, Dane Clack, Kylee Clack, Cody Clack, Anise Gemmell, Joshua Gemmell and Geoffrey Gemmell; great-grandchildren, Erin, Kelsy, Kabrina and Trystian Tait, Dylan, Janelle and Ashley Stong, Jack, Nichole, Jeffry, Keyanna and Cole Woodke, Corben, Dulcie and Dax Page, Cobe Young and Jace Townsend; great-great-granddaughter, Daisy Woodke; and lifelong friends and extended family, Marion Tripp, LeAnna Tennerowcz and Susie Tripp.

The family prefers memorial donations be made in Royal Gerald Clack's name to Al Aska Shrine, Peninsula Travel Fund, 1930 E. Northern Blvd., Anchorage, AK 99508; Alzheimer's Resource Agency, 1750 Abbott Road, Anchorage, AK 99507; or the charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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