Saturday, December 20, 2014



John Elroy Clark, 78, Ottawa, Kansas, passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014, at his home.

The family plans to welcome friends for a celebration of life 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, Ottawa.

John was born Sept. 30, 1935, in Centropolis, Kansas, the son of William and Florence (Rush) Clark.

John was a lifelong Franklin County resident.

He graduated from Appanoose High School with the Class of 1953.

He owned and operated Clark’s Refrigeration for many years. He also worked as the director of maintenance of Ransom Memorial Hospital until retiring in 1998. He served in the Kansas Army National Guard, and was a member of Ottawa Lodge No. 803, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and Aerie Lodge No. 2700, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Masonic Lodge and Shriners.

He enjoyed his retirement, traveling and camping throughout the U.S. and Canada in the early years. In recent years, he spent the summers camping and fishing in Kansas lakes, and in the winters woodworking and building beautiful furniture for family and friends. The family enjoyed many fish fries at home and at the lake.

John was united in marriage with Verla Service in 1955. They had two daughters, and later divorced.

John was united in marriage with Jayne Wingate Aug. 27, 1981, in Ottawa. She survives of the home. 

Survivors also include three daughters, Tammy Hudson and husband, David, Leavenworth, Kansas, Toni Clark-Yates and husband, Jerry, Springfield, Missouri, and Rita Regan and partner, Monica Lake, Wellsville, Kansas; two sons, Rob Regan and wife, Kay, Ottawa, and Bill Wingate and wife, Lisa, Ottawa; two brothers, Lyle Clark, Burlington, Kansas, and Charlie Clark and wife, Janet, Robinson, Illinois; two sisters, Wilma Flinn, Topeka, Kansas, and Juanita Souders, Baldwin City, Kansas; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

John was preceded in death by his parents, William and Florence Clark; and a sister, Katie Hughes.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Friends of the Ottawa Library through Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa KS 66067.

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