Richard Eugene “Rich” Clark, 77, of Wellsville, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2019 at Landmark Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, with his daughter by his side.
Mr. Clark was born January 14, 1942 in Montgomery City, Missouri, a son of David Eugene and Edith Candace (May) Clark.
He was a 1960 graduate of Montgomery County R-II High School.
Rich served his country in the United States Army, entering on February 4, 1964 and being honorably discharged on February 3, 1966.
On May 18, 2002 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Wellsville, Missouri, he married Cheryl Lou (Blaue) Gibson. Rich found the love of his life when he met Cheryl, and their marriage was filled with an abundance of laughter and love. Not only did she bring her love into his life, but the love of her entire family. Those were the happiest days of his life. She preceded him in death on February 27, 2013.
Rich grew up in Montgomery City and had lived in St. Charles for a while. Most all of his life, he lived in the Montgomery County area.
Rich worked at McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis in the purchasing department for over 33 years, retiring on November 29, 1996. He was also a row crop farmer. Rich was so passionate about farming that even when he worked full time in St. Charles he would come home every weekend to help his dad on the farm. He continued to farm the land long after he retired from his full time job.
He loved everything about golf. Rich loved playing with his daughter, especially during their annual Father’s day trip, enjoyed playing with his cousin, loved reading about it and also loved watching it. Rich also enjoyed bird watching and gardening. He loved cats. In later years, Rich enjoyed going to the coffee shop, visiting with all his friends. More than anything, he loved being with his family. Rich loved to laugh, tell jokes and poke fun at his family and friends. Even in his last hours he was surrounded by his family laughing and joining in on the fun.
Rich is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Angela Jean “Angie” and David Weber, of St. Charles; step-children, Michael Wright Gibson, of Martinsburg, Marc Alvin Gibson and wife, Beth, of Bowling Green and Kimberly Christine Shaw, of Bowling Green; sister, Carol Clark, of Montgomery City; eight grandchildren, Lance and Natalie Gibson, of Martinsburg, Kayla Koester, of Hannibal, Marc Gibson, Joshua Gibson and Zachary Gibson, of Bowling Green and Lauren and Kristen Shaw, of Bowling Green and four great-grandchildren, Christian and Carson Berry, of Hannibal and Lydia and Lukis Gibson, of Bowling Green; in addition to brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Cheryl Lou Clark and parents, David and Edith Clark.
Memorial services were at 1:00 p.m., Friday, March 1, 2019 at the Myers Funeral Home in Wellsville. Rev. Jerry Gamm officiated.
Visitation was held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service, Friday, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions were suggested to Alzheimer’s Association c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, MO 63384.
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