Charles Clark Obituary

Charles R. Clark, 90, of rural Lake City, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 of natural causes surrounded by family at Cottagewood Senior Community in Rochester, where he had been a resident since 2015.
    The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1 at Midwest Bible Baptist Church in Rochester with Rev. Caleb Hanson and Rev. David Clark co-officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery in Lake City.  
    Charles Robert Clark was born on May 30, 1928 in LaPorte City, Iowa to Vern and Jennie (Faust) Clark. He grew up on the family farm, attended country school and graduated from Geneseo High School in 1946. He entered the U.S. Army in 1950 and following the death of his mother was allowed an honorable discharge to return home and help on the family farm. Charles was married on Aug. 11, 1951 in Waterloo, Iowa to Juanita M. Sackett. Following their marriage the couple moved to the Clark Family farm in rural LaPorte where they began raising their family, lived and farmed for many years. Charles was also employed at Hawkeye Steel in Waterloo. The Clark Family moved to rural Kellogg in 1971 and then to rural Lake City in 1974, where they continued farming. Juanita was a homemaker and farmwife, she died in 1975. Besides farming, Charles was employed at Lakeside in Plainview, as a machinist at Gould Manufacturing in Lake City, and retired from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester where he had worked at Methodist Hospital for 15 years. Charles continued to make his home in rural Lake City before moving to Stewartville in 2013 to live with his daughter, Rebecca. He was a founding and longtime member of  Calvary Bible Church in Washburn, Iowa and was currently a member of Midwest Bible Baptist Church.  He cherished his salvation in Jesus Christ and his faith was very important in his life. Charles was a talented musician who played multiple instruments and was a woodworker who made musical instruments and many other creations, from furniture to carved miniature birds. He enjoyed farming, church, visiting with friends and loved time spent with family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    Charles is survived by his daughter and three sons,  Robert (Teresa) of rural Lake City, Rebecca Nelson (Brad Dahl) of Stewartville,  Stephen (Karen) of Rochester and Rev. David (Debrah) of Centerville, Iowa; 29 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita, his son, James, his granddaughter, Elizabeth Clark, his parents and two sisters, Eileen and Lillian, and her husband Addison Tanner.
    A time of visitation for family and friends will take place one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Online condolences and memories of Charles are welcome at www.griffin-gray.com.

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