Friday, December 12, 2003

Clark Millard, director of transitional home

By Karen Andrew
The Cincinnati Enquirer

BUTLER - Former Wilder City Councilman Clark Eugene Millard Jr. cared about communities on both sides of the Ohio River.

When he died of heart failure at his home Sunday, the 62-year-old Butler resident was a member of the Wilder Fire Department and the house director at Charlie's 3/4 House in Over-the-Rhine.

Charlie's is a transitional home for homeless indigent men with alcohol and drug abuse problems.

"He saved hundreds of lives by getting the program at Charlie's up and running," said Debbie Roller, Mr. Millard's sister-in-law. "He was the director for 10 years and expanded the home from two to five buildings. He went out and recruited people to help them."

She said Mr. Millard often went to such places as the Drop-Inn Center and a detox center in Dayton, Ky., to find recruits.

"He was very, very dedicated," she said. "He made them pay and stay off drugs and alcohol. He ran a tough ship."

Mr. Millard began serving his country and community at an early age. After graduating from Dayton, Ky., High School in 1954, he joined the U.S. Army and served in Korea, driving a supply truck.

Before joining General Motors in Norwood in 1963, Mr. Millard served as a police officer for five years with the Dayton, Ky., Police Department. He was an Employee Assistance Program coordinator and UAW Union Repre- sentative at GM and retired in 1988.

He attended Northern Kentucky University after he left GM.

After moving to Butler 10 years ago, he organized the Volunteer Northern Pendleton County Fire Department.

He served on Wilder City Council from 1995-2000 and was the treasurer for the Wilder Fire Department.

Memberships included the Bob White Club, Claryville, Ky., and the Mentor Baptist Church, Mentor, Ky.

Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Darlene; a son, Clark III of Warsaw, Ky; two stepsons, Doug Meyer of Fort Thomas, and Nicholas Meyer of Chesapeake, Va; and a sister, Nancy Held of Alexandria.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. today at Mentor Baptist Church, Ky. 8 and Main Street, Mentor, Ky. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate.


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