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Samuel Ellsworth Clarke passed away peacefully at the age of 79 at his home in Independence, Missouri following a brief battle with cancer. Sam grew up in southern Illinois, then lived most of his adult life in the Wichita, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri areas. He was a United States Army Veteran, serving his country first stationed in France then re-enlisting and being sent to Vietnam.
He is fondly remembered for his generous nature, his traveler’s soul and his “never met a stranger” personality.
He is preceded in death by his parents Harold Clarke of Marion County, Illinois and Charlotte Webb of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Sam is survived by his longtime love and devoted partner of 15 years, Shirley Storey of Independence, Missouri; his two daughters Michelle Clarke of Kansas City, Missouri and Dominique “Nikki” West of Wichita, Kansas; and granddaughter Kayla Clarke of North Kansas City, Missouri.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.