Rodger William Clarke

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Rodger William Clarke, 77, of Geneva, passed away Saturday, July 6, 2019. A long-time Geneva resident, he adored drives through the lake, Madsen donuts, Geneva Tennis, and going to Florida in the winter.
He graduated from Geneva High School, Class of 1960, and was very involved in getting everyone together for the class reunions.
Rodger loved to be on the move; he drove to California after graduating high school and then for many years moved from state to state (Colorado, Florida, New York, North Carolina), before settling back in Geneva. He had an easy-going spirit, a witty sense of humor, and a strong will.
He is survived by his children Errol Clarke of Geneva and Alexandria Clarke of Pasadena, CA; and siblings Robert Clarke of Corning, NY, Sharon Shirley of Aguilar, CO and Mike Shupska of Geneva; he is also survived by his cousin Sue Blakenship of Orlando, FL; his grandchildren Priscilla Lynn Zena Clarke, Errol Shane Clarke Jr., Aaliyah Brianne Clarke, and Rorrie Belle Clarke.
He was preceded in death by his mother Marie Shupska, whom he visited with the newspaper every day.
A Celebration of Life will take place at Geneva State Park, East Shelter on Sunday, July 14, at 1pm.
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Published on July 8, 2019
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Arlene Staida
Jul 11, 2019
My dear friend, I will miss you so much.I will always remember your words to me, as you would leave my home or we would end a phone conversation "Don't forget, Miss R, I'm only a phone call away". I read once that A MANS WEALTH IS NOT MEASURED BY HOW MUCH MONEY HE HAS BUT HOW MANY FRIENDS HE HAS. Rodger Clarke was truly a wealthy man.
DON AND DEN BOYNAR
Jul 11, 2019
MY HEART FEELS EMPTY AT THIS MOMENT. WE TRULY LOST A GREAT FRIEND AND ALMOST YOU COULD SAY, A BROTHER. TO DEN AND I. WE WENT TO ELEMENTARY, JR. HIGH AND GENEVA HIGH SCHOOL. ROGER WAS A QUIET PERSON WHO WOULD HELP ANYONE OUT IN A INSTANT. WHEN WE HAD A CHANCE WE WOULD ALWAYS HUNG AROUND TOGETHER DOING THINGS THAT FRIENDS WOULD DO. ROGER WAS NOT PHYSICAL IN NATURE . WE BELIEVED WE BLENDED AS FRIENDS, WE WERE MORE ATHLETIC IN NATURE. ROGER WAS A COMPETITOR BUT FOR SOME REASON DID NOT COMPETE.. BUT ROGER WOULD ALWAYS HELP OUT LIKE A MANAGER TO BASKETBALL OR FOOTBALL TEAMS. IN SCHOOL WOULD ALWAYS LAUGHED AND HUNG AROUND TOGETHER.ROGER WILL SURELY BE MISSED..WE CANNOT SAY ENOUGH ABOUT HIM AND ...THE LIVES HE MADE SMILE.. ROGER WAS NOT ONLY A GREAT PERSON BUT A GREAT FRIEND , LIKE A BROTHER. GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY AND DAUGHTER, SON. HE WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED. SO SORRY, SINCERELY , DEN AND DON BOYNAR CLASS OF 1960Read more
David Hribar
Jul 10, 2019
To Rodger's family, Want to extend my condolences and my deepest sympathy on Rodgers passing.
Roberta Wilkinson-Boomhower
Jul 09, 2019
This makes my heart so sad.

I worked for Rodger's mother in my teen years, and volunteered on the Grape Jamboree committee with him during the 80's and 90's.

Thru the years I'd see Rodger in the post office or grocery store, and we'd have a chance to catch up on what had been going on in our lives. My last visit with him was just a few weeks ago, at The Sanctuary. Rodger still had his big smile and desire to talk about life's happenings.

Rest my friend, you will be missed.

My thoughts and prayers are extended to all who knew, loved, and will cherish memories of Rodger Clarke.
Suzanne MacArthur God
Jul 09, 2019
God Bless you 🙏🙏🙏
Jeffrey Varner
Jul 09, 2019
You were like a father to me. You taught me a lot in the past 40 year. You will be missed dearly.
Mary Kay Gersin
Jul 08, 2019
I will always remember the good times we had planning our Class Reunions. You always stepped up to the plate and would do whatever job we needed to be done. I will miss you my friend.
Walter & Ginnie Burgwin
Jul 08, 2019
Rembering our school days and the work we did on class reunions. Happy Trails my friend will always remember the times we shared.