John K. Clark

July 27, 1931January 19, 2013
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John K. “Jack” Clark, 81, of Eldridge, died peacefully in the presence of family on Saturday, January 19, 2013 in Davenport. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 23, from 4 to 7 pm at The Runge Mortuary. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the mortuary, followed by a burial service in the National Cemetery, Rock Island, IL. Memorials may be made to a favorite charity and online condolences may be left at John was born on July 27, 1931 in Davenport; the son of Earl and Esther (Trendel) Clark. After graduating from Davenport High, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. Upon his return from service, he earned a degree from Augustana College and began working as a civilian for the U.S. Department of Defense, spending most of his career at the Rock Island Arsenal. Even after retirement, John needed to be physically and mentally engaged in life, taking on a variety of jobs and volunteer work. John remained active his entire life and loved dancing, music and boating. He especially enjoyed the camaraderie and friendships he formed at Gold’s Gym, where he worked out and took part in yoga, Zumba and Pilates. He was a wonderful father and grandfather, a proud uncle and loyal friend. His enthusiasm for life kept him young at heart and carried him through 81 strong years. He was preceded in death by his parents and nine brothers and sisters. Those left to lovingly remember him and celebrate his life include his sons: Jeff (Edie) Clark and Scott Clark; daughter, Sue (Roy) Yoder; granddaughter, Carley; girlfriend, Louise; best friend, Chuck Clark and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the members and staff of Gold’s Gym for all their support during this difficult time.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 23, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 24, 2013

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Suzanne Anderson

January 25, 2013

Summer music in the park will not be the only place where John will be missed. I have enjoyed many dances with John and loved having him as a friend for many years. John was always kind and supportive of his friends. I feel blessed for having had John in my life.


Sheri Morris

January 24, 2013

John worked with me at the Arsenal many years ago. I always knew him to be a gentleman and a good friend. The last time I saw John was at Mud McCasland's funeral and he was a great comfort to me. I am so sorry to hear that he passed and I know he will be very missed by family and friends. Please accept my sympathy. Sheri Morris

James Warner

January 24, 2013

I had the privilege to work for Jack in the early 1980's selling a wide variety of Hawkeye items that he promoted. I really enjoyed working for him, he was a great guy!

Deanna DeBord

January 23, 2013

I was very saddened to hear of Uncle Jack's passing. He was a wonderful man and he will be missed. He will always hold a special place in my heart.

January 23, 2013

We are truly sorry to hear about the passing of our Uncle Jack. He was a remarkable man. He will always be remembered. Our deepest sympathy to his children.
Barbara Reynolds and Sharon Clark (Newton, KS) Linda Canniff and family (Palmer, AK)

Joyce Barnes

January 23, 2013

May John rest in peace celebrating eternal life with our Lord in heaven. It was an honor to take care of John/Jack while he was a patient at Genesis West 5th floor room 5022. He touched my heart along with his family, Jeff,Scott, Sue, and Louise. I will forever remember the Clark family. Blessings , from Joyce Barnes RN,C

Peg McDonald

January 23, 2013

Suzie, I am heartbroken to read your father has passed. You are in my thoughts and prayers every day. So close to losing your mother, has to be a lonely feeling. You have been through alot in the past couple of years at least. Call me if you need to get out, lunch or just out. Take care, love you girl.

Tricia Clark

January 23, 2013

Uncle Jack had a fun spirit and warm heart. Although we've only met a few times, I loved hearing family stories, especially about my grandpa, Don Clark.

My heartfelt condolences to his family and close friends. With you, I celebrate his wonderful life.


Cleo Frye

January 22, 2013

Jeff, Scott, and Sue,

I have been very blessed to have been one of Jack's 'extended family' of sons, and loved to see him whenever I made the trip home to Davenport. We can all learn from his passion for actively staying engaged in life.

Please know that you are in my heart, thoughts, and prayers,

Debbie Heitman

January 22, 2013

The world has lost a very good man. Words cannot express my sadness. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

I will never forget the first time I met John (Jack) and the best compliment I was ever given.

Please let me know if you need anything at all.