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Merle Dale "Chip" Clark

March 28, 1956 ~ December 2, 2019 (age 63)


Merle Dale “Chip” Clark   “beloved father, grandfather, brother, and uncle”

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.---Merle Dale “Chip” Clark, 63, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Monday, December 2, 2019, in UPMC Cole Skilled Nursing and Rehab Unit, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Born on Wednesday, March 28, 1956 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Merle D. and Janice M. Allison Clark.  He was formerly married to Terri App Clark and then Jennifer Bosworth Clark.

Chip was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1974, in Shinglehouse, where he played baseball and basketball. 

Chip worked a number of odd jobs until he went to Jamestown Community College to become a Licensed Practical Nurse, graduating in 1994.  He was employed at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport. 

He relocated to Virginia where he was employed at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, working in the burn unit from 1999 until 2013.  In 2011, Chip went back to school and became a registered nurse. He also worked as a nurse in the Evans-Haynes Burn Unit at the VCU Medical Center in Richmond (the oldest burn unit in the country).

In 2013, Chip moved back to care for his mom, who had ALS and later his dad, who had cancer.

Chip was a member of the former Oswayo Valley Lions Club in Shinglehouse and a member of the former Oswayo Valley Alumni Association in Shinglehouse.  He loved the NY Yankees and was a Buffalo Bills fan.

Surviving are a son, Jared D. (Brianna) Clark of Oswayo; a granddaughter, Harper, and a grandson, Hazen, whom he dearly loved; a brother, Guy S. (Rachelle) Clark of Friendship, N.Y.; and three nieces.

Chip was predeceased by his parents.

In keeping with Chip’s wishes, there will be no public visitation.  A celebration of his life will be held in the Spring/Summer of 2020 at a place and date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association at  

Chip’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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