SOUTH PARIS – Lynden E. Clarke Sr., 77, of Hancock Street, Rumford, died Saturday, June 13, at the Maine Veterans’ Home.

He was born in Natick, Mass., on Jan. 14, 1932, the son of Ralph L. and Frances (Evans) Clarke. He graduated from Stephens High School in Rumford, Class of 1950, and had attended Hebron Academy for a year, when he entered the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War as an A2c.

For many years, he and his brother, Ralph, both master plumbers, owned and operated their father’s family business, R.L. Clarke Heating and Plumbing in Rumford and then had worked at Bath Iron Works for 10 years, until retirement in 1987.

He was a member of the Rumford United Methodist Church, member and past commander of the Robert Shand Post 1641 V.F.W., member of Napoleon Ouellette Post 24, American Legion and also served as a scout master for many years.

He was married in Rumford on Nov. 3, 1956, to the former Barbara A. Peters, who survives of Rumford.

Other survivors include sons, Lynden Clarke Jr. and wife, Velinda, of Jacksonville, N.C., Gregory Clarke of Hampton, N.H., and Jeffrey Clarke and wife, Cindy, of Canaan; brother, Ralph E. Clarke and wife, Norine, of Dixfield; grandchildren, Deanna, Patrick and Lynden E. Clarke III of Jacksonville, N.C., Jasmine Clarke of Auburn and Peter, Scott and Cody Clarke of Canaan.

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