John R. Clark – Oct. 17, 1946-Dec. 20, 2018 IMAGE PROVIDED
John R. Clark, of Creswell, has gone to be with our heavenly father. He died on Dec 20, 2017 with his wife Susie holding his hand, and other loved ones nearby.
He was born Oct 17, 1946 to John Benjamin and Doris Jean Clark at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene, Oregon. He was the oldest of five children. He grew up and went to school in Eugene, graduating from South Eugene High School.
He proudly served in the US Army from December 1964 to December 1967. He served two years and 29 days in Korea and the rest of his time at Ft. Lewis.
He married his best friend and love of his life, Susie Hicks on Nov 20, 1971.
John was a truck driver for 35 years until 2005 when he was forced to retire for health reasons.
He had a passion for driving nice-looking rigs and participated in restoring two trucks. He loved hot rods, classic cars, muscle cars and race cars. He loved going to the races in Cottage Grove on the weekends to watch dirt track racing and watch his nephews race go-carts and stock cars. He had fond memories of when he raced a street stock of his own back in 1985 and won first place in the points championship. He was also a major fan of NASCAR.
John also loved fishing and hunting. He loved being outdoors, enjoying nature and beautifying his yards.
He belonged to the Creswell VFW Post 4039 and enjoyed many volunteer projects, especially serving coffee at the rest area on the southbound side of Interstate 5 between Creswell and Cottage Grove. He loved meeting people from all walks of life. He never met a stranger. He loved everyone, and everyone loved him. He was a wonderful husband, brother, brother in law, uncle and friend.
John was a member of the Creswell Church of Christ, and his celebration of life will be held there, at 380 Kings Row, Creswell, at noon on Saturday, Jan. 20.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in John’s name to Creswell VFW Post 4039, PO Box 807, Creswell, OR 97426.