Mel was born in Washington Township, Missouri, in 1920, the son of Roy W. and Goldia Clark who preceded him in death as did his brother, Wilbur, and son-in-law, John Miller.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Margaret Elizabeth "Betty", daughters, Karen Clark, Maureen Miller and son, Dennis, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Mel attended State Teacher's College in Maryville, the University of Missouri, Columbia, Primary Service School in Chicago and Radio Materiel School at Treasure Island, California.
He served in the Navy during World War II in both the Pacific and Atlantic. Mel worked as a radio engineer at KDRO, KMA and KFEQ. He was the engineering supervisor at KQTV retiring as chief engineer. In addition, Mel served as the director of the local CBN 700 Club Center and was active in the FGBMFI. He also served in many capacities in his church. He was interested in carpentry, building his own home. "Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing." Psalm 100:2
Mel has been cremated under the direction of Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory; a memorial service is pending.