October 5, 2019 | 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Yurs Funeral Home
405 E. Main Street
St. Charles, Illinois 60174
October 5, 2019 | 3:00 P.M.
Yurs Funeral Home 405 E. Main Street St. Charles, Illinois 60174
September 18, 1951 - September 22, 2019
Joseph Clarke Jr. died on September 22, 2019 from complications of metastatic prostate cancer. He died in his St. Charles home surrounded by his loving family. Joe was a beloved son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and dear friend to many.
The son of Joseph and Irene Clarke, Joe was born on September 18, 1951, in Youngstown, Ohio. He married his first wife Eileen (O’Neill) on May 5th, 1973 and together they had four children, Joe, Bridgette, Colleen, and Jay. Joe was predeceased by his daughter, Bridgette, 25 minutes after her birth on March 2nd, 1978. Joe and Eileen were married for 23 years. Later Joe met his current wife, Colleen (Lynch), from the screen-print industry. They married in 1999 and Joe gained two step-sons, William and Ryan. They were married 20 years this past July.
Shortly after graduating from high school, Joe found his lifetime passion and began a career in the screen-print industry by opening a textile print shop, Clarke’s Silk Screen. From there Joe’s passion led him into the supply side of the business. His unique approach to problem solving and technical savvy opened many doors for Joe. He became a regular on the seminar circuit, authored hundreds of technical articles, published the first book on textile four-color process printing, Control Without Confusion and has several industry patents. In addition to owning, Clarke’s Silk Screen, Joe has held prestigious positions such as Vice President of Flexible Products and President of M&R Printing Equipment and consulted for numerous textile, graphic and industrial companies world-wide. In 1990, Joe was inducted into the Academy of Screen Print Technology and is widely considered a guru of screen printing technology. In 2007, Joe founded and served as president /owner of Clarke Product Renovation, a family business where he got to work alongside multiple family members over the 12 years of business.
Joe was a kind and generous man with an optimistic outlook on life. His lifetime pursuit of knowledge always gave him an edge in industry and made him an interesting conversationalist. It seemed no matter what the subject Joe would say “I know a little bit about that,” and you could bet he knew more than a little bit. In his spare time he enjoyed riding his bike, going to movies, and he loved to read and frequent bookstores. But in many cases, Joe’s spare time was spent working on screen printing puzzles that he was passionate about. No matter whether it was with his family, at home in his community, or in his beloved screen-print industry, what Joe will be most remembered for was his contagious smile, optimistic outlook and the way he treated people. Whether you went to work in an Armani suit, jeans, or coveralls, he treated everyone he met with the utmost respect and kindness.
Joe was survived by his wife Colleen and his first wife Eileen; children Joe (Teresa), Colleen, and Jay (Laura); stepsons William (Mindy) and Ryan (Kathy); grandchildren Brendan, Will, Cole, Ryan, Ryder, Dylan, Riley, Lily, and Rogan; brother Bob (Laurie), and sisters Elaine (Dan) and Susan (Randy); and many dear nieces and nephews.
(Please Note the Time Has Been Changed From the Original Post) A Memorial Visitation will be 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Yurs Funeral 405 E. Main Street, St. Charles, Illinois 60174. A Celebration of Life will follow the visitation at 3:00 P.M. at Yurs Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.Send Flowers View / Sign Guestbook