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Phillip W. Clark

Phillip W. Clark, 83, of Franklin, passed away Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at the Franklin United Methodist Community.

He was born Aug. 12, 1930, in Franklin to Paul W. and Ruth E. (Covert) Clark.

He married Ruth (Michael) Clark on Feb. 27, 1948, at Tabernacle Christian Church in Franklin, and she survives.

Phil was a member of the 1949 class of Alva Neil High School (now Franklin Community High School). He trained as a tool and die maker, working for Arvin Industries, Allison Transmission and Chrysler before founding Amity Trailers Inc. in 1970 in Amity. He designed, built and repaired custom livestock trailers for 25 years.

Phil was a member of Tabernacle Christian Church in Franklin. He proudly served on numerous community leadership roles, including president of the Edinburgh Lions Club and chairman of the Hoosier Energy Board of Directors. He also served as president of the Johnson County REMC, during which time he received the Ernest G. Shearer Memorial Service Award for helping ensure safety training for REMC workers.

Phil was past master of the Franklin Masonic Lodge 107 where he had been a member for more than 50 years, and the Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite. He was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star 439 in Franklin. Phil enjoyed fishing but found more enjoyment in repairing and refurbishing boats. In his later years, Phil could often be found working in his shop, repairing lawn mowers for his friends and neighbors.

Though he treasured time spent with his family, particularly his great-grandchildren, he was the happiest when he was helping others.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Ruth (Michael) Clark of Franklin; daughter, Cheryl Sever (David) of Franklin; brothers, Jon Clark (Sharon) of Shelbyville and Thomas Clark (Nancy) of Evanston, Ill.; grandsons, Michael Sever (Allyson) of Franklin and Brad Sever (Rachel) of Carmel; and five great-grandchildren, Genna, JD, Addy, Brock and Ella.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Joann Clark.

The Rev. William Horner will conduct a service at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center 300 U.S. 31 South (Morton Street) in Franklin. Friends may call from 5 to 7:30 p.m. today at the mortuary, where a Masonic service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

The family request memorial contributions be made to Tabernacle Christian Church Youth or Benevolent Funds, 198 North Water St., Franklin, IN 46131.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com

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