Paul Willis Clark

Monday, October 20, 2008

Aug. 28, 1916 - Oct. 18, 2008

STRATTON -- Paul Willis Clark, formerly of Stratton, Neb., died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Neb.

He was born Aug. 28, 1916, in Stratton to Millard Emery and Hattie Bell (Jones) Clark, and grew up on the Clark family farm south of Stratton. He was a graduate of Stratton High School.

On Sept. 23, 1939, Paul was united in marriage to Lorene G.L. Stamm at Trenton, Neb., and on April 14, 1944, this union was blessed with a son, Ronald Ray Clark.

Paul was a devoted husband and truly enjoyed his life's work of farming and ranching in the Stratton area. He loved working with horses and lived the transition from the power of horses to horse power.

He made his last graceful fast dismount from a bucking mare at the age of 72.

Paul was a member of Community United Methodist Church in Stratton.

After retirement, he and Lorene moved to Stratton, where he enjoyed coffee with friends and neighbors, and spending an occasional day back in the field helping a friend or neighbor with a cutting of alfalfa.

Shortly after the passing of his wife, Paul moved to the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, where he could be closer to his son and family.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Millard Emery Clark and Hattie Bell (Jones) Clark and his wife, Lorene G.L. (Stamm) Clark.

Survivors include his son, Ronald R. Clark and wife, Donita of Benkelman; his brother, Oren O. "Doc" Clark and wife, Ada of Arvada, Colo.; grandsons, Glenn A. Clark and wife, Robin of Lafayette, Colo., and John J. Clark and fiancee, Wendy of McCook; granddaughter, Joyann (Clark) McKinney and husband, Dale of DeSoto, I;ll.; and numerous step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, other relatives, friends and neighbors.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008, at 11 a.m., (CDT) at Community United Methodist Church in Stratton with the Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Interment will follow services at Rose Hill Cemetery near Stratton.

There will be no visitation or viewing. The casket will remain closed.

In lieu of usual remembrances, memorials may be given in his name to the Dundy County Hospital Foundation or the Hester Memorial Home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Stratton.