JACKSON - JAMES R. CLARK, 78, of Alpha passed away on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Osterberg Funeral Home in Jackson, with Pastor Steve DeKok officiating. Burial will be at a later date.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the Osterberg Funeral Home.
JAMES ROBERT CLARK was born March 24, 1934, on the family farm in Dolliver, Iowa, located in Emmet County, the son of Albert and Martha (Sampson) Clark.
He grew up in Martin County, where he attended schools in Dunnell and Sherburn, where he graduated from High School in 1952.
He was united in marriage to Harriet Ambrose on June 30, 1955, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Jackson. After marriage, they lived in the Lake Fremont Township before moving to Alpha in 1956. He had worked for Bob Oelkers, Willits Sand and Gravel, and Ken Schultz and Carl Lere at the Standard Gas Station before joining Cargill in Alpha for the next 32 years, and then at the Jackson FCA fertilizer plant until his retirement. James passed away at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at the age of 78 years, 7 months and 5 days.
James had been a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd. He enjoyed telling stories, drinking coffee with his friends and best friend, Eugene Swanson, at Burger King. He had been a member of the Alpha Fire Department and had been deputized as a city police officer in Alpha for many years. He had also served on the City Council in Alpha. He had pitched horseshoes with Larry Ambrose and various other friends. He was always there to help whenever someone needed him but his family always came first in his life.
James is survived by his wife of 57 years, Harriet Clark of Alpha; four children:?Curt Clark and his significant other Diane Pervin of Lake City, Minn., Tammy (David) Doppenberg of Alpha, Jean Turner of Chicago, Ill., and Rebecca (John) Lanz of Sherburn, Minn.; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Albert Lee (Karen) Clark of Bemidji, Minn., three sisters, Mae (Bill) Struthers of Montello, Wis., Jean Boyer of Hastings, Minn., and Elaine (Jim) Haugen of Granger, Iowa; and a half-brother, Quinton (Millie) Clark of Arcadia, Calif.
James was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother-in-law, David Boyer.
Blessed be the memory of James Robert Clark.