Farming Rural 20

Clark H. Irven

February 18, 1949 ~ February 10, 2021 (age 71)


Clark H. Irven, 71, of Magnolia passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria with his wife of almost 50 years and his long time best friend at his bed side.

He was born on February 18, 1949 in Chicago to Eugene and Merry (Sonnenshine) Irven.  He attended Junior Military Academy in Chicago grades 1 through 8, St. George High School in Evanston, and received his Bachelor of Science at Christian Brothers College in Memphis.

Clark married his childhood sweetheart (the girl next door) Laurel Clifton on June 12, 1971 at St. Ignatius Church in Rogers Park.

Clark worked for the Post Office in Schaumburg where he started out as a carrier and advanced to management position.  He retired from the Postal Service in 2004 where he relocated to his farm in Magnolia.

He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose in Streamwood.  He enjoyed playing racquetball and acquired trophies in various tournaments.  Clark loved “the country life” which included a 5:00 O’clock cocktail by the creek and rooting for the Bears and Cubs with his buddies in his Man Cave.  Clark also enjoyed traveling to Disney World, Mexico and Hawaii.  He always looked forward to spending the winter months at his Arizona home in San Tan Valley, Arizona.

Survivors include his wife, Laurel and their beloved beagle, Maggy; he is also survived by his father, Gene O’Malley of Lakewood, Colorado; three sisters, Lynn (James) Walsh, Jeanie (Joseph) Sucec, and Barbara (Mike) Riley; two brothers, Phillip (Julie) Irven and Patrick (Deb) Michaels/White as well as his best friend, “Jimmy” Repsold, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, maternal grandparents, his beloved paternal grandmother, Alvira, his paternal grandfather and a step sister.

Cremation rites were accorded on Ash Wednesday.

Dysart – Cofoid Funeral Chapel will be assisting the family with the arrangements.

A Celebration of Life is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 12, 2021 on the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary.

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Celebration of Life
June 12, 2021

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