Michael Wark, 61, of Marietta, passed away after a short illness on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Marietta Memorial Hospital.
He was born on April 3, 1951, in Marietta, a son of William J. and C. Pauline Wood Wark. Mike served in the U.S. Navy during the periods of Nov. 19, 1969 through Sept. 9, 1973, and was honorably discharged with the rank of BM-2 (E-5). He served two tours in Vietnam, one onboard the U.S.S. Endurance, a wooden hull mine sweeper, and the second tour was aboard the U.S.S. Richard S. Edwards, a destroyer. Awards included: National Defense Service Medal, RVN Service Medal, RVN Campaign Medal and Navy Combat Action Medal. Decorations included: Navy Achievement Medal with a Combat V, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, RVN Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, and Service Recognition, awarded during a firefight and sinking of a NVA Trawler while serving aboard the U.S.S. Endurance. He was a lifetime member of the Elite 115th Riverine Warfare Brown Water Navy, lifetime member of the VFW #5108, lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans #WV32, and lifetime member of the American Legion #64. He was a member of Faith Bible Church in Williamstown.
Michael is survived by one son, Michael J. Wark; step-daughter, Heather Vaughn of Phoenix; two brothers and one sister, William (Linda) Wark of Newark, James (Phyllis) Wark of Devola, and Karen (Joe) Tamino of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Teresa Mather.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home, with Pastor Steve DeLay officiating, with full military honors. Friends may call at the funeral home noon-2 p.m. before the service. Burial will be in the West Virginia National Cemetery in Grafton, W.Va.
Messages of sympathy may be sent at www.mslfuneralhome.com