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James Clark Obituary

James L. Clark, 83, of Rochester died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at Mayo Clinic Hospital – Rochester St. Marys Campus.  
    Jim was born April 18, 1933 in Rochester to Scott and Martha (Fick) Clark and was raised in West Albany. He graduated from Lake City’s Lincoln High School in 1951. Jim and Joan Shatzka were married on June 16, 1957 in Bison, S.D. He worked for Di-Acro Tool and Die in Lake City for more than 22 years, until their closing.  He then worked for a short time as a security guard at RCTC.  In 1990 Jim and Joan moved to northwest Rochester.  There he worked for IBM, assembling computers until his retirement.  As a member of the International Association of Machinists, Jim was dedicated to his union. He took pride in supporting his union brethren. Away from work Jim found joy in fishing in any body of water that held fish.  He had a passion for red Mercury Grand Marquis cars. Jim was a member of Faith Methodist Church in Eyota.
     Survivors include his wife, Joan; their son, Kevin (June) Clark of Fergus Falls, Minn.; grandchildren, Scott Clark (Kristin Canfield) of Pine Island, Ross Clark of Rochester, Amber (Bill) Miller of Charlotte, N.C., Mindy (Jason) Ditch of Maple Grove; and great-grandchildren, Aubrey Clark, Isaac Canfield, Beth Clark, Sophie and Owen Ditch.  He was preceded in death by his brother Scotty Clark.
    Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 at Faith United Methodist Church in Eyota with Pastor Mark Woodward officiating.  A reception will follow with burial in Hillside Cemetery in St. Charles.  Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Hoff Funeral Service in St. Charles and one hour before services at the church on Tuesday.  Please share a memory of Jim at his online guestbook and view his video tribute when it becomes available at

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