Howard S. Clinkenbeard, 61, a retired department manager with Fruit Growers Express in Alexandria who was active in Masonic organizations, died Monday at his home in Alexandria after an apparent stroke.

He was president of the Mid-Atlantic Shrine Association in the mid-1960s. He helped organize the Kena Temple Shrine, serving first as president of its Oriental Band and then as potentate during the early 1960s.

Mr. Clinkenbeard had been president of Cabrini Co. 162 of the Royal Order of Jesters, and was a director of the organization in 1977.

He worked for Fruit Growers Express for more than 28 years. During the five years before he retired in 1969, he helped manage the equipment used to package fruit for shipment.

He then worked as a management consultant and operated Perfect Marketing Service at the time of his death

Mr. Clinkenbeard was a native of Covington, Ky., where he graduated from Curtis Commercial College He later attended American University.

Survivors include his wife, Annetta, of the home; two sons, James and David, of Fort Thomas, Ky., and one grandchild.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to Shriners hospitals for crippled children through Kena Temple.