Will graduated as a chemical engineer in 1961 from Cornell University, where he met his wife, Ginny Buchanan Clark. He subsequently served in the US Navy, worked for Monsanto Corporation in St. Louis and Chicago, and Central Soya here in Fort Wayne. Following the sale of Central Soya, Mr. Clark worked as the President and CEO of IPC Genetics, as the general manager of Communications Alert, and as the general manager of the MPI Furnace Company. While he worked hard and was a dedicated company man for many decades, in the end, he was a community man who used his strong voice to promote social justice and the arts in Fort Wayne.
He served as Chairman of the Board for United Way of Allen County, the Urban League of Fort Wayne, the East Wayne Street Center, the East Central Housing Corporation, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, the Three Rivers Literacy Alliance, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Indiana Arts Commission, and served on the board of the Indiana Humanities Council.
Will was a long-time, active member at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Wayne.
In 2002 he founded the Racial Dialog Task Force and Study Circle Program in Fort Wayne to address race relations locally. Participation in Study Circles provided an opportunity for Black and White people to come together in order to promote better relationships and friendships. Improving race relations was a passion he felt deeply and shared widely. He was a founding member of the African/African-American Historical Society Museum in Fort Wayne. He shared that, of all his accolades, he was most proud of his award as “Honorary African American.”
He received a Sagamore of the Wabash award in 2004, the highest given to citizens of Indiana, in recognition of his many activities in support of the arts and human rights in Fort Wayne and across the state of Indiana.
After his retirement, Will began to explore his artistic side. He took up the violin and spent hours playing. He serenaded the sunset in Pentwater and played happy birthday for all his family as we gathered in Michigan each summer. He had a list of songs he sang while strumming his guitar (always in the key of C), and he recorded a CD of some of those for his family.
In addition to pursuing the violin and guitar, Will read and wrote poetry and began to sculpt with encouragement by his friend Frederica Newell. He sculpted busts of Americans he admired, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Bobby Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, and last, but not least, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In 2005 he was commissioned by the Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne to sculpt a bust of another of his heroes, Abraham Lincoln. That sculpture is now at the Allen County Public Library where it is displayed in the Rolland Center for Lincoln Research in the main library, open for public viewing.
In 2008, he and friend George Morrision were awarded the honor of creating a memorial plaza to Abraham Lincoln by the Indiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Will’s larger than life bronze sculpture of Lincoln resides today at the Lincoln State Park in Lincoln City, Indiana.
Another of Will’s passions in the last thirty years has been looking for ways to increase the quality of education. He collected books and articles about education and filled several file drawers on the subject. He tutored reading in the early elementary grades in Fort Wayne Community Schools and was mom’s biggest cheerleader for her focus on early education. Will understood the power of education to change lives and worked with multiple groups of people to expand access to quality education for those whose access is limited. In September, 2011, working with the CEO of the Fort Wayne Urban League, he became the Chair of the Founding Board of the Thurgood Marshall Leadership Academy Charter School in Fort Wayne.
He leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Ginny Buchanan Clark; his four children, Alison (Max) Levy of Burlington, VT; Brian Clark (Liz Banse) of Seattle, WA; David (Bara) Clark of Prague, CZ, and Stanton Clark of Vallejo, CA. He is also survived by his sister, Marjorie Clark McNabb of Newport News, VA. He will be greatly missed by his eight grandchildren and countless nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews around the country. Recently Will beamed when he learned he would be a great-grandpa for the first time this coming winter. We’re all sorry he won’t be here to meet the little one. We know he would have loved them as he did all of us and been a good…no…great great-grandpa!
The world is a better place for having Will Clark in it. His children and grandchildren are better people for the example he set for all of us of what it means to truly work for the benefit of those less fortunate than we are.

A Memorial Service for Will Clark will be held 2:00 pm Saturday, August 27, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne. We welcome you to us as we remember and celebrate Will’s life. To honor his commitment to improving opportunities for others, in lieu of flowers, contributions to The BookStart Endowment Fund at the Fort Wayne Community Foundation, or to First Presbyterian Church, would be welcomed and appreciated by his family. Arrangements by D.O. McComb and Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home 8325 Covington Road. Fort Wayne, IN. To sign the online guestbook go to www.mccombandsons.com. You may also visit Caring Bridge to see his journey. https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/willisclark

DANIEL F. MICHNAY, 84, of Fort Wayne, died peacefully on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at home surrounded by his family. Born Nov. 19, 1937, in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of the late Andrew and Mary Michnay. He worked as an Electrical Engineer, Military Communications, retiring from ITT (Harris) after 41 years of service. He held degrees from Case Institute of Technology, Purdue University, and Indiana University. Dan loved music and for many years, sang in the choir as a member of First Presbyterian Church. He was a lifelong ham radio operator after establishing the hobby early in life and enjoyed spending summers with his family at the cottage in Canada. Dan is survived by his wife of 57 years, Elaine Michnay; three daughters, Laura, Sharon (John) and Susan (Erik); and two grandchildren, Marlena and Noah. He was preceded in death by brothers, Andrew and Carl; and sisters, Margaret, Irene, Helen and Agnes. A private family service will take place later this year. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church 300 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802. www.firstpresfortwayne.org and Stillwater Hospice, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814. www.vnfw.org/donate

DORIS ANDERSON MATHER, 84, of Fort Wayne, passed away Monday, April 11, 2022. A celebration of Doris’ life will be held at a future date. Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, 6424 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne (IN 46819) is caring for services. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.klaehnfahlmeltonfunerals.com for the Mather family.

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