1934 — 2023
On Thursday, May 4, Darlene E. (Lear) Schunk, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away at the age of 89, surrounded by family. She was born June 21, 1933, to Carl and Elsie Lear in Oil Hill, Kansas. The family moved to the Clare area when she was six years old and would later graduate from Clare High School. Darlene met her future husband, Ron, at a friend's gathering. She was fond of saying she saw him from across the room and said to herself, "I am going to marry that man." They married on Oct. 15, 1955, at the Clare United Methodist Church. Darlene learned the role of farmer's wife quickly. Together they raised four sons and one daughter. They loved and were...