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RIP: Ann Clark

Ann Clark passed away on 1-February-2018.  You can read more about Ann in the archived biography on this site:

USA Archery had this to say:

Ann Clark began her impressive archery career in 1955 and was a natural. She enjoyed shooting with her husband and decided to compete at the National Archery Association (now USA Archery) Championship and won first place that year. After placing third in 1957, Clark qualified for the U.S. team for the World Championships in Prague, where she won silver. Until that year, no other team had ever won full podium sweeps in both the men’s and women’s events. Clark again won the National Champion title in 1960 and was National Field Champion in the freestyle division in 1961.

Ann Clark’s Obituary:

May 2, 1925 – February 1, 2018

Ann Clark, 92, of Glendale, Ohio, passed on to her next life on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018.

Born on May 2, 1925, to Frank and Aleen (Dunlap) Knierim, Ann found her passion in archery in 1955 when her husband, Jack Clark, gave her a hunting bow so she could join him on his hunting adventures. Ann enjoyed it so much that she decided to try target shooting, and the same year she won the National Archery Association Championship. She won it again in 1960.

In 1984, Ann was inducted in the Archery Hall of Fame & Museum in Springfield, Missouri, following an illustrious career as a competitive field and target archer, bow hunter and coach.

She bested the field at the Ben Pearson Indoor Open Championship in 1961, and followed that victory by winning the National Field Archery Association Championship in 1962.  Ann was instrumental in developing and promoting the National Archery Association and the Junior Olympic Archery Development Program. In 1987, she received the National Archery Association’s Junior Olympic Development Award.

Ann spent most of her life promoting the sport she dearly loved. She spent much of her time in the Michigan outdoors. She was a longtime friend of Fred Bear, American bow hunter, bow manufacturer, author and television host; Darrell Pace, two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Champion archer, and rock-and-roll legend Ted Nugent.

Upon learning of Ann’s passing, Nugent offered this comment: “Quality of life and the ultimate American dream comes from discipline, control and intellectual path of life guidance. That describes the mystical flight of the arrow and Ann Clark personified the mystical flight of life’s arrow. She was one in 100 million and she will guide our arrows home forever.”

Ann was the beloved mother of Sherry (the late Lou) Armstead, Diane (Terry) Carrier and Deborah Ohl.

Loving sister of June Hesselbrock, the late Isabelle Horton and Frank and Donald Knierim.

Cherished grandmother of 10, great-grandmother of 22 and great great-grandmother of 7.

She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.

Visitation at St. Gabriel Church, 48 West Sharon Rd, Glendale, 45246 on Tuesday, February 6th from 9:30 AM until Mass of Eternal Rest at 10:30 AM. Burial will follow at Arlington Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Archery in the Schools Program, W. 4285 Lake Drive, Waldo, WI, 53093 or charity of choice.