Linn County News
Published Aug. 30, 2017
Clinton Edward Clark, age 79, of La Cygne, Kan., passed away at home on Aug. 27, 2017. He was surrounded by his family, including his wife Joyce of over 60 years. Clinton was born May 13, 1938, in West Ridge, Ark., to Acy Clinton Clark and Mazie Magalene Pilgrim Clark.
He grew up in Tuckerman, Ark., farming cotton with his father.
On Oct. 22, 1956, he married Joyce Laverne Callahan in Newport, Ark. Shortly after their marriage, the Clarks moved to Kansas City, Mo., where Clinton worked for Hudson Oil Co. for six years.
They then moved to Ashland, Mo., where they farmed for M.R. and Bob Hudson along the Missouri River bottoms for three years.
In 1966, the family moved to La Cygne. By that time, the family included daughter LaVeda and son Mitchell, and later another son Tracy. Clinton would farm for M.R. Hudson Trust until 1973. He continued to farm that land on his own for another 20 years before retiring.
Clinton was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in La Cygne. He was baptized in Long’s Lake on the farm. Clinton loved to hunt and especially loved to quail hunt. He was known for his marksmanship skills. Clinton and Joyce enjoyed country music and dancing with their friends.
Clinton was preceded in death by his parents; a half-brother, Burnis Clark; and sisters Iva Mae Clark Bradley and Myrtle Clark Woods.
He leaves behind his wife Joyce Clark; daughter LaVeda Riggs and husband Joseph; son Mitchell Clark and wife Julie; son Tracy Clark and wife Amie; brother Jerry Clark and wife Debbie; and brother-in-law Elmo Woods Jr.
He will be missed by his nine grandchildren, Julie Burk and husband Ryan, Jesse Funk and wife Michelle, Amy Hopper, Jennifer Sandage and husband Josh, Levi Clark, Reagan Clark, Samuel Clark, Garrett Clark and Ryan Clark; two step-grandchildren, Joe Riggs, Jr. and wife Crystal, and RaeAnna Riggs; great-grandchildren Alice Burk, Wesley Burk, Nolan Funk and Domino Slyter; and four step great-grandchildren, Joey Marie, Jett, Jaxx and June Riggs.
Clinton was greatly admired by his children, grandchildren, family and friends.
Funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at the Calvary Baptist Church in La Cygne. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, La Cygne Chapel.
The family suggests contributions to Crossroads Hospice or Calvary Baptist Church. Online condolences may be left at www.schneiderfunerals.com. Arrangements: Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory La Cygne Chapel.
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