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Robert W. (Bob) Clark of Leawood, Kansas died on November 2, 2013. Bob died with his family by his side of a combination of more or less minor ailments primarily caused by advanced age. He was 91. As President of Rothschild's, his career in retail clothing spanned over 50 years. Founded in 1855, Rothschild's, at the time of its sale in 1992 was one of the oldest retailers in the region. Bob was born on January 10, 1922 in Paterson, New Jersey. He lived there and in Clifton and Glen Rock, New Jersey until he and his parents moved to Denver, Colorado in 1936 when his father became president of the Joslin Department Stores. In 1938 the family moved to Kansas City when Bob's father became president of the Jones Store Company. Bob attended high school in Glen Rock, Denver and Kansas City. He graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1943 with a Bachelor of Science in Business. Then he immediately went on active duty in the United States Navy. He attended Navy Schools for six months on the campuses of Notre Dame University and Harvard Business School and graduated as an Ensign in the Navy Supply Corp. His first assignment was as Disbursary Officer of the 81st Construction Battalion (Seabees) in England and France where the Battalion participated in the invasion of France at Utah Beach in June of 1941. In preparation for its part in the invasion the Battalion was converted from Construction to the operation of pontoon barges unloading ships on the French coast. When it's work was completed then the Battalion returned to the States, re-outfitted at Davisville, Rhode Island and Pearl Harbor. From Pearl Harbor it proceeded to Okinawa, participating in the invasion there, again unloading ships with pontoon barges. When the Battalion was no longer needed it was sent to Guam and disbanded. Bob was again assigned as Disbusary Officer of the Navy Base on Manus Island in the South Pacific's Admiralty Islands. From there Bob returned to the States and was discharged to the Naval Reserves in 1946. Later in 1946 Bob went to work for the Mercantile Store Company, a group of department stores (including Joslins and Jones Store.) He spent seven years there working in their stores in New York, Denver and Greely, Colorado, Port Angelas, Washington, Nashville, Tennesee, Kansas City and Muskogee, Oklahoma. Bob left Mercantile in 1954 to join Rothschild's & Sons of Kansas Ciity and Oklahoma City as Executive Vice President. The following year Bob's family bought Rothschild's from the Rothschild family and Bob remained there as President until he retired 38 years later in 1993. Bob's time in the Navy and with Rothschild's were important events in his life but the most important by far was his marriage to Charlotte. Charlotte and Bob married in 1954 during Bob's "travel" years with Mercantile. They met when they both were working for the Jones Store Company. The first 30 years of their married life were spent in Leawood, Kansas and they recently returned there after living nearly 30 years in Oklahoma City. Bob felt Charlotte was the complete and ultimate wife and mother to their three children. She did everything that anyone could possibly do to help him and take care of him. Bob and Charlotte celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary in September of this year. Bob was not a regular church attendee but had very strong feelings and beliefs about the interaction between people. He believed that each person believed himself to be special and important and deserved to be treated that way. He deplored the divisions that exist in this country today, and indeed, throughout the world. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, three children, Robert W. Clark, Jr. and his wife Susan of Oklahoma City, Ann Clark Mellina and Susan Clark of Overland Park, Kansas. He also leaves seven grandchildren, Robert W. Clark, III, Courtney Clark, Haley Clark, Christopher Mellina, Tracey Mellina, Kristin Davis, Grant Zahorsky and one great grandson, Jackson Schaefer. Visitation will be held 6 – 8 p.m, Monday, Nov. 4 at Mount Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO. Private graveside services at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. M
Published in Kansas City Star on Nov. 3, 2013
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