Richard Eugene Clark, son of James and Etta Clark, was born August 26, 1927 on the family farm northwest of Dow City, Iowa. He died February 5, 2017 at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska following a brief illness at the age of eighty-nine.
Richard received his education at Boyer Township #6 grade school and Dunlap high school. On January 21, 1951, he was united in marriage to Patsy Buff at the Methodist Church in Dow City. During their 61 years of marriage, Richard and Pat lived on the farm near Dow City where Richard was born and raised. He retired from farming in 1990 and they moved to Denison.
Richard farmed his entire life, a profession he truly loved, and also raised cattle and hogs. He was a member of the Dow City school board for sixteen years and served on the Crawford County Conservation Board for thirteen years. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Iowa Beef Producers and the Iowa Pork Producers, and was a member of the Crawford County Extension Council.
Richard enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-granddaughter, who were the light of his life. He also enjoyed dancing and listening to polka music.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Pat, in 2012; his parents; one sister, Marian; three brothers, Russell, James “Toots”, and Louis; and a son-in-law, Richard. Survivors include his four daughters, Diane, Mary (husband Thomas), Carol (husband Edward), and Peggy (husband Gary); seven grandchildren, Matthew (wife Leah), Erin, Anthony, Ann, Evan, Kate, and Ashley (husband Rob); one great-granddaughter, Brynn; one sister, Helen; two brothers, Donald and Francis, many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends