Rev. Vance Norman Clark

May 14, 1926 - Aug. 22, 2019


The Rev. Vance Norman Clark, 93, Tyrone, died Thursday at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home.

He was born in Canton, Ohio, son of the late Harold and Loretta

(Plottner) Clark. In 1946, he married Elva Madelyn Bascom, who died in December 2004.

Surviving are a son, the Rev. David N. Clark (Colleen) of Clear Spring, Md.; two daughters: Diana Myers of Tyrone and Penny Tibbs of Idaho Falls, Idaho; 16 grandchildren; and 42 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Carroll Clark; and two sons-in-law: John R. Myers Sr., on Sept. 21, 2018, and Nathan Tibbs, on June 19, 2019.

Father Vance was a graduate of Altoona High School in 1944. After completing his seminary studies, he entered the U.S. Air Force as a chaplain in January 1952, and served for over four years on active duty. He was honorably discharged in 1956, and converted to the Episcopalian Church. While serving as pastor of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Tifton, Ga., he entered the Georgia National Guard in 1958. He volunteered to return to active duty with the U.S. Army in 1962 and served again as chaplain until November 1971. He was in the Ready Reserve until his retirement in 1986, attaining the rank of Lt. Col. Among his honors are the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Ribbon. In 1971, Father Vance was called as rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Tyrone and served there until his retirement in 1986.

He served on the Government Study Commission in 1981, which wrote the Home Rule Charter for Tyrone Borough. He served on the Borough Council for two terms and was instrumental in setting up the Tyrone Area Food Bank in 1986. He wrote one of the founders of the Tyrone Area Cooperative Ministries which grew out of the Tyrone Ministerium.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, at Derman Funeral Home Inc., Tyrone. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, at Trinity Episcopal Church, Tyrone, Bishop Nathan D. Baxter officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at Alto-Reste Park Cemetery.