Charles Dea Clark came to rest on April 21 at the Boone County Hospital. He was 86 years old and lived a very fulfilling life as a farmer until he retired in 2010, and as a husband, a father, a grandpa, a great-grandpa and a Roller-Skating Guru.
A service was held April 26 at the First United Presbyterian Church in Grand Junction, with words of comfort by Pastor Wendy Pittman.
Family remembrances were provided by Randy Clark.
Special music included “Be Still My Soul” and “How Great Thou Art,” recordings by Carson Griffith, pianist.
Honorary bearers were Amanda Heilman, Ashley Sash, Lacey Hike, Breanna Clark, Shawn Clark, Anna Clark, Jim Heilman, Eric Sash, Andrew Smith and Nathaniel Smith.
Casket bearers were Toby Clark, Josh Netcott, Brad Boettcher, Rick Gregory, Darren Stewart and Jonathan Clark.
A time of lunch and fellowship was held in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the service.
Interment was in the Jefferson Cemetery.
Charles Clark was born in Carroll on Feb. 1, 1933, to parents Blanche and Alfred Clark. Charles grew up on a farm just two miles south and west of Jefferson with his brother, Darrell, and his three sisters, Ramona, Nedra and Beverly.
Charles married his high school sweetheart, Clara Busch, in 1954, and they had four sons: Dennis, Rick, Tim and Randy.
As if being a full-time farmer wasn’t enough, Chuck, Clara and the boys made the decision to purchase Spinning Wheels Skating Rink in Ogden in 1976. The boys helped out when they could but that did not slow Chuck and Clara down. They operated the rink until they sold it in 2016. (Wow! 41 years!)
Charles loved farming, his family, roller skating and all the trials and tribulations that went along with them. He would always rise to the occasion when times got tough, would always find a way to provide for his family and make time for relatives and friends. They all meant the world to him.
Charles was preceded in death by his son, Ricky, who passed away on Jan. 18, 2014.
Charles is survived by his wife, Clara Clark, of Ogden; three sons: Dennis (Brenda) Clark, of Shawnee, Kan.; Timothy (Helen) Clark, of Ogden; and Randy (Terrie) Clark, of Waseca, Minn.; two sisters: Beverly Scherbart, of Ames; and Ramona Stewart, of New Hampton; seven grandchildren: Amanda (Jim) Heilman, of Mankato, Minn.; Ashley (Eric) Sash, of Mankato; Lacey Hike, of Altoona; Breanna Clark, of Salt Lake City; Shawn Clark, of Shawnee Kan.; Toby Clark, of Ames; Anna Clark, of Cedar Falls; step-grandchildren: Josh Netcott, of Rochester, Minn.; Nathaniel Smith, of Seattle; and Andrew Smith, of Ames; four great-grandchildren: Hailey (Amanda) Heilman, of Mankato; Connor (Amanda) Heilman, of Mankato; Logan (Ashley) Sash, of Mankato; and Eli (Lacey) Hike, of Altoona; and many relatives and friends.
Arrangements were provided by the Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home.