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By The Mercury

Floyd Hinton Clark, 90, of Manhattan, died Tuesday at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan.

The family provided some of the following information.

Mr. Clark was born to Leo F. and Wilhelmina C. (Uppenkamp) Clark in Burns on April 17, 1923. They lived in Burns, Newton, Clement, and then Diamond Springs until 1931. The family moved to Ash Grove, where Floyd enjoyed playing on basketball and baseball teams.

Floyd graduated from high school at Burdick in May 1940. After high school, he worked for the Santa Fe Railroad from 1940 to 1942.

He attended Kansas State University before his induction into the U.S. Army in March 1943. He was shipped overseas to serve in the European Theatre, from North Africa to Metz, France, where he was taken prisoner Jan. 1, 1945. He was liberated on April 29, 1945 from a German prisoner of war camp and returned to Kansas to finish his service, being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Oct. 15, 1945.

He earned a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Prisoner of War, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign, WWII Victory, and Good Conduct Medals.

He married Betty Dean Nelson in Westfall April 28, 1946. During their marriage, he worked as an auto mechanic and grain elevator manager while learning the electrical trade. He accepted employment at K-State in August 1954. He became electrical supervisor and retired in 1984 after nearly 30 years of service.

Floyd joined the Order of the Eastern Star in 1946, was master of Lincoln Lodge #154 AF&AM;, and became a Scottish Rite 32nd degree Mason, having the great distinction of raising both his sons to the sublime degree of master Mason.

Floyd and Betty were saved early in their marriage, becoming active members in both Manhattan Baptist Temple, and Wamego Bible Baptist Church, Wamego. Betty preceded him in death on May 27, 1974.

He married Helen Eileen (Brown) Washburn on July 19, 1975. Floyd and Helen retired, enjoyed camping and traveling, and joined National Campers and Hikers Association as well as Man-Kan Campers. Floyd’s hobbies were coin and stamp collecting, as well as antique car restoration and woodworking.

Mr. Clark was also preceded in death by his sister, Erris (Clark) Irby, and a step-daughter, Sally Washburn (Smith) Cottrell. He is survived by his four children: Clinton Clark and wife Renee of Chapman; Russell Clark and wife Jacalyn of El Dorado; Gloria Quinlan and husband Allen of Olathe; Deana Foster and husband Dale of Manhattan; a step-daughter, Judy Breymeyer of Edmond, Okla.; and a step-son, Roger Washburn and wife Sue of Littleton, Colo.; 18 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; two nephews; one niece; and many other family members and friends.

Funeral services are Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, Manhattan. Interment with Masonic and military honors follows in the Valley View Cemetery, east of Manhattan on US 24.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or the Disabled American Veterans.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.

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