COLUMBUS — Donald Eugene Clark, 86, passed away Tuesday afternoon, June 11, 2019, at Medicalodge in Columbus following an illness.
Gene was born Feb. 19, 1933, in Kanorado to Clifford Lee and Pearl (Wigton) Clark. He moved to Cherokee County as a young boy and lived in Cherokee County all of his life, including the towns of Riverton, Lawton, Melrose and lastly Columbus.
He joined the Army April 22, 1953, and was discharged April 7, 1955. In 1958, he began working at Farmer Chemical Co., Joplin, until his retirement in 1995. He also farmed most of his life.
He loved watching his grandkids participate in school plays and ball games He liked hunting for arrowheads, fishing, gardening, traveling with his wife and watching tractor pull competitions.
Gene married Shelva Jean Souder on Aug. 16, 1963, in Joplin. She passed away Nov. 11, 2014.
Surviving are two sons, Kevin Clark of Parsons and Darrell (Kim) Clark of Caldwell; three daughters, Karen Martin (Steven) of Camden Point, Missouri, Deborah Anderson (fiancé, Jeff Woods) of Columbus and Melissa Peak (Matthew) of Parsons; a brother, John Clark of Columbus; 12 grandsons, Scott (Julie), Kendall, Kolby and Kyle Clark, Christopher, Tanner and Trever Clark, Kaden and Ty Anderson, Michael, Mason and Marcus Peak; nine granddaughters, Kiera, Kassidy and Kaylee Clark, Sami Martin, Lacy Dry (Brandon), Jessica, Lauren, Macy and D Ja Anderson; and six great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; twin boys; a sister, Genevia Packer; a brother- and sister-in-law, Calvin and Jessie Lou Davis; and a sister-in-law, Caroline Raye Clark.
The service will be at noon Monday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Columbus. David Talle’ and Rick Prideaux will officiate. Pallbearers to serve will include Kevin Clark, Kendall Clark, Steven Martin, Scott Clark, Darrell Clark, Christopher Clark, Jeff Woods and Kaden Anderson. Burial will be in Messer Cemetery at Galena. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.