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John Orland Clark

Funeral services for John Orland Clark, 79, of Red Oak, who died Thursday, January 24, 2002, at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, were held Monday, January 28, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Red Oak. Father James Kleffman officiated at the services. Charla Schmid was organist. Jack VonBon and Joe Nealon were ushers. Inturnment of ashes was at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines. John was born on December 15, 1922 in Durham, Iowa.

He was the son of Marvin 0. and Violet (Lancaster) Clark. He was raised on a farm in Marion County. He entered the United States Navy in 1942 serving four years and then served seven years with the Air Force.

He married Doris L. Hartman on November 30, 1945 in Des Moines; she died on December 23, 1991. John lived in Des Moines and worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone for 27 years, retiring in January of 1981.

He later married Geraldine Bruce Hartman on May 29, 1993 in Red Oak. John and Geraldine moved to Red Oak in 1998. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Red Oak, American Legion Post Baty-Tucker #168 in Knoxville, V.F.W. #14000 in Kansas City, Mo., Telephone Pioneers of America and lifetime member of Communications Workers of America.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Clark of Red Oak; a son, Michael Clark of New Virginia; a sister, Daisy Anderson of Knoxville; two brothers, Robert 0. Clark of Sun City West, Ariz. and Fred J. Clark of Texarkana, Texas; two step-daughters, Theresa Limbrick of Red Oak and Susanne Colter of Council Bluffs; and other relatives and friends.