ANGOLA — John Charles Clark was born to Vernon and Ethel (McConnell) Clark on February 28, 1921, in Brushy Prairie, LaGrange County, Indiana. He celebrated his 93th birthday this year.
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John graduated from Hamilton High School in 1938.
He enlisted in the Army where he was assigned as a scout (forward observer) for "B" Company of the 4th (IVY) Division's 8th Infantry 29th Field Artillery. He landed in the first wave on Utah Beach during the D-Day invasion of Europe on June 6, 1944. John served 189 straight days in combat earning the Soldiers Medal, two Purple Hearts, and the Silver Star. He achieved the rank of sergeant, participated in the occupation of Germany, and was honorably discharged in 1945.
Returning to northeastern Indiana, John started a career in agriculture working in several ag industries until settling in on a dairy farm west of Salem Center, Indiana, where John and his first wife, Rose, raised their three sons.
John helped build the Salem Center Fire House, was an early firefighter, served as an elder of the Salem Center Presbyterian Church, and assisted in founding the Chapel of the Lakes Church in Steuben County, Indiana. John also worked with his wife Rose leading the Youth Fellowship at the Salem Center Church and the Rural Youth organization of Steuben County. John held the office of president of the Steuben County Farm Bureau for 10 years.
John's second career was as an over-the-road semi driver for North American Van Lines. In this role, he visited every state in the contiguous United States.
In 1986, John and Rose divorced. John then married Marion M. Sanderford and retired to Spring Hope, North Carolina, where he continued his involvement with veteran organizations serving as an officer in both the Foreign Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. John was commander of Post 4147 and was elected commander of North Carolina's VFW District 3.
On September 29, 2010, John's wife Marion passed. He returned to Angola, Indiana, to be with family and friends until his death June 29, 2014.
John is survived by his brother, Robert Clark of Angola, Indiana, and his sisters, Inez Boffey of Sikomish, Washington, Bonnie Pierce of Orland, Indiana, and Jo Brock of Angola, Indiana. John is also survived by his three sons and their families, George R. and Marcy Clark (Benjamin and wife Chelsea, Eileen Pavloski and husband Kyle, and Rachel) of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin; Brent C. and Peggy Clark of Kingston, Michigan, and John E. and Jane Clark (Stacey Krantz and husband Gary, Andrew and fiancée Brittney Graham; and great-granddaughters, Madison and Amelia Krantz of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
John was predeceased by his parents, Vernon and Ethel Clark; sisters, Betty and Patricia; brother, Vernon Jr.; and his wives, Rose Ann Butler of Hudson, Indiana, and Marion Sanderford of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m, Saturday, August 16, 2014, at the Weicht Funeral Home, Angola, Indiana.
Visitations will be held at the Weicht Funeral Home Angola, Indiana, on Friday, August 15, from 6-8 p.m. and on Saturday, August 16, from 9-11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that all donations be given to DeKalb Health Home Care and Hospice or The Wounded Warriors Project.
You may sign the guestbook at www.weichtfh.com
Weicht Funeral Home Inc
207 N West St
Angola, IN 46703
Published in KPCNews on Aug. 12, 2014