Roger Clark, 85 - January 02, 2008
Roger R. Clark, 85, of Gothenburg, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007, at Gothenburg.
Services were held on Friday, Dec. 28, at the American Lutheran Church of Gothenburg with the Rev. Matt Coplen officiating. Burial took place at the Peckham Cemetery.
Clark was born on Sept. 7, 1922, to James Stuart and Sara Lindberg Clark in Gothenburg at the home of his grandparents, Frederick and Marie Lindberg. He lived with his parents, sister, Betty Jacqueln, and brothers, Dale James and Van Gordon, on a farm eight miles southeast of Gothenburg.
He attended Potter School in District No. 32 and graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1940. He was active in F.F.A., football and National Honorary Society. During his senior year, he was president of his class, captain of the football team and F.F.A. state vice-president.
In 1942, he had civilian pilot training at Spearfish, SD, and spent the years from 1944 to 1946 in the Air Force stationed at bases in Colorado, Nevada, Texas and the Philippines.
Clark was married to Frances Marie Vobejda on Sept. 10, 1946, at Denver, CO. To this union, six children were born, Carol, Alan, Bruce, Dennis, David and Jim.
He farmed 12 miles southwest of Gothenburg since 1946. Like his grandfather, Elwood, and his father, James, he was very active in cooperatives. He became a member of the Farmers Co-op Elevator board in 1957 and Gothenburg Co-op Oil board in 1958. These two companies were later merged and became known as Farmland Service Coop (now All Points Cooperative).
Clark was a member of Farmland Industries board in Kansas City, MO, since 1965, and served as chairman of Farmland Foods board. He was also a past chairman of the board of directors of Agricultural Council of America in Washington, D.C.
?He had enjoyed flying, sports and family card games, according to family members.
?Clark was preceded in death by: his parents, James and Sara; an infant son, Douglas Jay; a grandson, Jason Douglas.
?Survivors include: his wife, Frances; his children—Carol (Joseph) Adams of Lincoln, Alan (Cecily) of Cozad, Bruce (Joyce), Dennis (Mary Lou), David (Deb) and Jim (Mary), all of Gothenburg; grandchildren—Brian and Remi Adams, Wayne and Johanna Adams, Angela and Russell Wenz, Joseph Adams, Sheana Clark, Gretchen Clark, Jessie and Ben Mulvaney, Jordan and Angela Clark, Patrick and Jenna Clark, Kaitlyn Clark, Joshua Clark, Ashley and Rob Micek, Jed Clark, Jonathon Clark, Ali Clark and Jacob Clark; great-grandchildren—Aidan Adams, Hunter Adams, Noah Mulvaney, Anya Mulvaney, Caden Mulvaney and Grady Clark; two brothers—Dale (Ardith) Clark of Brady and Van Clark of North Platte; a sister, Betty (Glenn) Weiss of Greeley, CO; brothers-in-law—George (Gloria) Vobejda of Overland Park, KS, Harvey (Darlene) Vobejda of Grand Rapids, MN, and Vernon (Jarla) Vobejda of Colorado Springs, CO; sister-in-law, Virginia Vobejda of Littleton, CO; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to the Presbyterian Church, Salvation Army or donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blase strauser.com.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.