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December 28, 2012

Ansel Berton "Rip" Clark

Plaistow, NH — Ansel Berton “Rip” Clark, age 89, of Plaistow, NH, formerly of Ipswich, MA, beloved husband of Janet L. Workman Clark, died suddenly on Friday morning, December 21, 2012, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston.

Born in Millinocket, ME, June 28, 1923, he was one of thirteen children of the late Arthur Ray and Annie E. (Taylor) Clark. He was raised in Merrimacport, MA, and graduated from Essex Agricultural School November 3, 1948, majoring in floraculture.

He served in WWII with the US Navy from October 25, 1942, until his honorable discharge on January 16, 1946, with the rank of Carpenter’s Mate First Class. He spent more than two years in the SW Admiralty Islands repairing ships and earned the American Area medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the WWII Victory medal.

In civilian life he managed several estates in the Ipswich and Walpole areas, raising three children. In retirement he continued to work for over ten years as a Meals-on-Wheels driver in Ipswich until he relocated to Plaistow.

Rip was a member of John T. Heard Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of Ipswich, and served as a member of the advisory council of the Ipswich Chapter of the Order of Demolay. He was a fifty-five year member and Past Master of Ipswich (Topsfield) Grange and Pomona Grange, and Past Lecturer. In 1966 he was honored to have been appointed by Governor Volpe to the Heifer project which took him to Guatemala. He was also elected to the Essex County Community Agricultural Stabilization & Conservation Service Committee of the US Department of Agriculture. He was a member for over fifty years and Past Commander of the VFW Post 1093 in Ipswich. He served as Worthy Patron six times for Friendship Chapter No. 58 Order of the Eastern Star of Newburyport, MA, was a member of Corinthian-Queen Esther Chapter No. 23 OES of Kingston, NH, and was honored as OES Grand Representative of Connecticut in Massachusetts.

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