- September 7, 1928 - February 15, 2013
- Centerville, Iowa
of Robert's Passing
Centerville, IA 52544
Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene
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“Sherry and family, I am so saddened to learn of your loss. What wonderful memories I have of Bob and you and all of your grandkids and friends. ...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: dr joe fete - steamboat springs, CO
“What a fascinating fellow with so many interests and hobbies. Always a pleasure to see him as friend and patient. Centerville will greatly miss...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Dr. Brad McConville - IA
“We will always remember you...
3 of 16 | Posted by: Pepe Almazan - Spain
“Bob was a great friend to my parents (Don and Peggy Cronin), as well as myself. He and Sherry always opened their home, their hearts, and gave...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Jeff Cronin - Klamath Falls, OR
“So sad, for all of us, to hear that Bob has gone on to be with the Lord. He will be greatly missed! I so wish I had made a trip back to see him...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Dionne(Clark)Johnson - Red Oak, IA
“We will be thinking and praying for the whole Clark family this week. Sorry for your loss.
With deepest sympathy,
-Tom and Lori Law
6 of 16 | Posted by: Tom and Lori Law - Marion, IA
“I only met Bob about six and a half years ago, but my life was truly blessed by him. He was one of those few, special people that just lightened the...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Shane Wilson - Ottumwa, IA
“I have many awesome memories of Bob. He will be missed. I am grateful for all the great things Bob did for me. I still have all the items he gave me...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Bil Milligan - Cheyenne, WY
“Sherry, We are terribly saddened to lose Robert from our earthly dwelling and we share in your grief. We will forever treasure our introduction and...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Bryan and Twyla South & Family - GA
“To be absent from this body is to be in the presence of God. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless and Keep.
10 of 16 | Posted by: Granville (Bill) and Myrtle Akers, Larry and Diane Rase - MO
“May the Lord be with the Clark Family and may His Blessings continue to be with you. Now cousin Robert will be with his cousin, my mother, Edith...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Scherry Poore Lesanto - Henderson, NV
“Brad, To you and your family we send our heartfelt sympathy. Your father was an unforgettable man who seemed to live life with joy and devotion to...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Carol - Kirksville, MO
“I was honored to bring Papaw Clark out to spend a week with him this Summer. I was a true blessing to see Papaw and Robert share and spend that...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Larry Abel Jr. - Johnson City , TN
“Sherry and family,
So sorry for your loss. Bob was friendly and always made you feel like family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers!
14 of 16 | Posted by: Shelly Beary
“Bob was a wonderful man filled with understanding and a true interest in the people who were privileged to have known him. never without a smile or...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Diane Deal - Moravia , IA
“I shall remember Bob as a good boss and a good friend. He was a GREAT friend to my dad, Lee
16 of 16 | Posted by: Larry Hart - oskaloosa, IA
Robert Clark, age 84 of Centerville, Iowa passed away Friday, February 15, 2013 at Centerville Nursing and Rehab in Centerville.
He was born September 7, 1928 in Hampton, Tennessee to Arthur and Nola (Tolley) Clark. After graduating from high school in the spring of 1946, Robert enlisted in the United States Army. During his two-year span with the Army, Robert was stationed in Vienna, Austria where he ran a hotel for both officers and dependents in transit. He later enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in Olathe, Kansas and out of Norfolk Naval Base when on board the USS Gearing DD710. Robert was a cook and ran the NCO Club at the naval airbase in Olathe. He was in charge of a galley with the USS Gearing DD710 as a part of the Mediterranean fleet. Robert was medically discharged from the Navy in 1955. He served his country honorably for nearly a decade.
Robert married Mary "Delores" Marchello on September 23, 1949 and to this union, three children were born. He later married Sherry Blomgren on December 31, 1985 at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Centerville.
Following his military career, Robert moved to Centerville in 1955. It was during this time period that he began working part time with the postal service. His career eventually became fulltime during the late 1950s. Robert was appointed as the acting Centerville postmaster in 1968. He served the Centerville Community faithfully until his retirement from the post office in December of 1989.
Robert was very active in numerous groups during his lifetime. He was an active member of the Jaycees. When he had returned from the Service in 1955, Robert and other farmers used their equipment to clean up and expand the Lelah Bradley Park in Centerville. He was both a member and a director of the Appanoose County Fair Board for several years. Robert was proud to be a member of NAPUS (National Association of Postmasters of United States); he served as the president of NAPUS in Iowa and held all other state offices. He was also a member of Mystic American Legion Post #340. Robert was proud to be a Shriner. During his time with the Shriners, he helped introduce the shriner's cars in the Pancake Day Parade in the early 1970s. Most importantly, Robert was a devout Christian. He was an active member of the Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene in Moravia, Iowa.
He enjoyed numerous hobbies and passions. Robert loved traveling, including several trips to Alaska. During his time in Alaska he often enjoyed the Fiddle Festival in Fairbanks, as well as the Yukon Quest Dog Race. He also made many trips to Tennessee to visit both family and friends. He loved catering for people and was well known for striking up friendships wherever he went. Robert was also known for being an author in which he wrote numerous books on his family history.
He is survived by his wife Sherry Clark of Centerville, Iowa; six children, Brad (Mary) Clark, Bruce (Cathy) Clark, Bryon (Margaret) Clark, Steve Bunch, Kevin Bunch, and Michelle (Hugh) Scieszinski; fifteen grandchildren, Jenny (Jake) Bates, Seth (Megan) Clark, Michael (Molly) Clark, Megan (Colby) Law, Nathan Clark, Tasha (Terry) Schnathorst, Eric Clark, Gerald Clark, Stephan Bunch, Katie (Bryce) Oswalt, Whitney (PJ) Tedford, Susanne Scieszinski, Jacob Scieszinski, Mallory Scieszinski, and Jayden Scieszinski; eight great grandchildren, Narayan Funk-Clark, Calla and Annaliese Bates, Liam and Julia Clark, and Leah, Abi, Elayna Tedford; and a brother, Byrl (Kansas) Clark of Hampton, Tennessee.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two siblings, Mildred Delena and Arvil Clark.
Funeral services will be held 10AM, Tuesday morning, February 19, 2013 at the Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene, Moravia, Iowa with Pastor Terry Chapman officiating. Friends may call from 1PM until 8 PM Monday, February 18, 2013 with family there from 6PM to 8PM at the Lange Funeral Home & Crematory in Centerville. Burial will be in the Felkner Cemetery, west of Centerville with full military honors. Memorials have been established to the Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene in Moravia, Mercy Hospice or the Robert Clark Memorial Fund and may be left or mailed to the Lange Funeral Home & Crematory, 1900 South 18th St., Centerville, Iowa 52544. Condolences may be left at www.langefh.com.