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David J. Clark, 76, a resident of Fulton, Illinois, passed away Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme Campus surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
A Memorial Mass to celebrate Daves life will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at St. Josephs Catholic Church, 417 6th Avenue, DeWitt. The family will greet friends from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass Tuesday at church. Keeping with Daves wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.
Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
David John Clark was born on May 17, 1941 in Dubuque, son of John E. and Goldie V. (Brewster) Clark. He met the love of his life, Mary Ann Roeder, in school in Charlotte, and they were united in marriage on July 18, 1959 in Petersville, Iowa. They have shared over 58 years of marriage together.
Dave was a heavy equipment operator working for many years at Determan Industries. He developed very close friendships during his working years but none closer than with his friends Dave Williams and Dave Wilson. He also was employed as a certified plane mechanic and earned his pilots license. Dave had a tremendous work ethic.
He had been a member of the Clinton Area Rod Club.
Dave had a great love affair with his bride Mary Ann, and was deeply devoted to his children and grandchildren, even getting in a little trouble with his kids if they adhered to the Dont tell your mother policy. Dave would do anything for anybody at anytime if you were in need or just asked.
He enjoyed wintering in Texas with Mary Ann, fishing, riding his motorcycles, and working on cars, even rebuilding an old 1955 Ford Pick Up and a 1935 Chevy Coupe.
Dave is survived by his loving wife, Mary Ann, Fulton, Ill.; children and their spouses: John (Susie) Clark, Thompson Station, Tenn., Joanne (Don) Salyars, Park View, Iowa, and Jim (Lisa) Clark, Fulton, Ill.; grandchildren: Maggie (Keith) Sosebee, Franklin, Tenn., Mitch (Sarah) Clark, Seabrook, Tex., T. J. (Natasha) Salyars, West New York, N. J. Megan Salyars, Cedar Falls, Iowa; a great-grandson on the way in October; and a sister, Peggy Rohm, Davenport.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Published on August 6, 2017
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