OLYMPIA -- Former Walla Walla resident Clark Dean Erdman, 72, died Aug. 18, 2009, at Mother Joseph Care Center.
The memorial service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Christ Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Second Ave., Walla Walla. Private inurnment will be at a later date. Arrangements are through Funeral Alternatives of Washington, Inc. Memories and condolences may be left at www.funeralalternatives.org.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, the Alzheimer's Association, or Walla Walla Gun Club.
The youngest of 15 children, Mr. Erdman was born Aug. 13, 1937, in Walla Walla to John and Catherine Erdman, German immigrants from Walter, Russia. He graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1956. He worked various jobs until enlisting in the U.S. Army Reserves. He was a staff sergeant in the 881st Transportation Co. from October 1955 until July 1961.
After his discharge, he was employed by Walla Walla School District 140. After working on the custodial staff at all the early schools of the district, he was head custodian at Berney and Washington elementary schools, and finally at Walla Walla High School.
He married Peggy Orr Duckworth in August 1972. They resided in Walla Walla at Pike Place for 37 years, moving to Olympia eight months ago.
He enjoyed fishing, pistol and trap shooting, horsemanship, golf, camping, dancing, RVing, gardening, dogs, Walla Walla sports events, and family and friends. He had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed sharing stories with friends as well as the students. He was a life member of Christ Lutheran Church, Walla Walla Elks Club, and the National Rifle Association. He was treasurer of the Walla Walla Wagon Wheelers, and a member of the Sheriff's Posse, Walla Walla Gun Club, and was a Walla Walla Public School Employees officer.
Mr. Erdman is survived by his wife, at the home; two sons, Lee and Larry Erdman, both of Portland; two adopted children from a previous marriage, Ronald Erdman of Walla Walla and Karen Johnson; two stepdaughters, Lise Elliott of Hoqiaum and Jama Williams of Olympia; a brother, John Erdman of Walla Walla; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by six sisters, one in infancy and Molly Hanifen, Mary Benzel, Emma Johanning, Betty Willoughby, Dorothy Cronin, Louise Shelton; and six brothers, James, Elden, Henry, Elmer, David, and William Erdman.