Clark Larry Carmichael, the son of Clark Wayne and Helen Effie (Simpson) Carmichael, was born June 15, 1936, in Creston, Iowa. Larry entered eternal rest on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Society, Villisca, Iowa, at the age of eighty-one years, three months, and sixteen days.
Larry attended Jasper #5, a one-room elementary school, through the first semester of fifth grade, then Corning Public Schools, until graduating with the Class of 1954. During high school he was a member of the band and played both varsity basketball and baseball. Larry was a member of the National Honor Society his senior year. Larry attended Iowa State, majoring in Agriculture Education, and was a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity. Upon graduation in 1958, with his teaching credential, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army. Larry had been a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps during college.
Larry married Sally Tullis in November 1958, in Leon, Iowa. After attending the Army Signal Corps Basic Officers Course in 1959, he and Sally returned to Tripoli, Iowa where he taught Vocation Agriculture. At this time he began to pursue his interest in flying which was kindled during childhood when his Uncle Richard Simpson was a P-38 pilot in World War II, and second cousins Hartford Fees and Ken Roland were also pilots during this war. He took his first flying lesson in February of 1961, and joined the Army National Guard’s 1063rd Aviation Company at Waterloo, Iowa, that summer.
In October 1961, Larry’s National Guard Unit was called to active duty at Fort Riley Kansas during the “Berlin Crisis”. Although he had earned his Private Pilot License in February 1962, he was not a rated Army Pilot, so in May 1962, he reported to the Army Aviation School at Fort Rucker, Alabama for Army
Flight Training. Upon completion of training in 1963 he continued as an instructor in the Department of Tactics until he was released from Active Duty in 1964 to start Flight Engineer training for Trans World Airlines on the Lockheed Constellation.
During the two years Larry was a Flight Engineer based in Kansas City, Clark Scott Carmichael was born (November21, 1965). After his divorce in 1967, Larry was transferred to San Francisco and flew Co-Pilot on the Convair 880. He later flew the Boeing 707 on TWA’s round the world routes for several years to Honolulu, Guam, Taipei, Hong Kong and Bangkok, as well as to all the cities in the U.S. served by TWA, until he qualified as Captain in 1977. During his 11 years in California he enjoyed sports such as skiing and scuba diving, as well as frequent visits to his family in Carmel Valley. In January 1978 he was qualified on the Boeing 727 and received his first Captain assignment in Kansas City.
In 1978 Larry also moved to his farm south of Corning where he enjoyed working on the farm, especially conservation work. He also enjoyed living in the Corning Community again, visits from Scott, and hobbies including fishing, hunting, waterskiing, photography, and private flying. Larry retired from TWA on October 26, 1992. Larry married Audrey Singer Manson on November 26, 1993 in the Little Brown Church, in Nashua, Iowa. Their daughter, Kristen, was born May 26, 1994. Larry was active in the Corning community. He served on the REC Board for ten years. He also served on the Adams County Board of Review, and was a Jasper Township Trustee. Larry was also a member of various flying organizations. He was a life-long member of the Corning United Methodist Church and served as a church trustee. Larry enjoyed his retirement raising his daughter, traveling, and managing his farms.
Left to cherish Larry’s memory is his loving wife Audrey of Corning; son: Clark Scott (Lynn) Carmichael, Montclair, New Jersey; daughter: Kristen (Brent Mullen) Carmichael, Corning, Iowa; sons: Matthew (Kristy) Manson, New Hampton, Iowa; Mark (Kristen) Manson, Tripoli, Iowa; grandchildren: Sean Sara Carmichael; Braden Manson: Brooks Manson; Emmilyn Manson; Maisyn Manson; sister: Sally (Dean) Hosfelt, Des Moines, Iowa; niece: Beth (Rick) Hanson, West Des Moines, Iowa; nephew: Todd (Louis Schump) Hosfelt, San Francisco, California.
Preceding Larry in death were his parents: first wife Sally Pettus.