Robert Gerald Clark, son of Leslie Orlando and Corda Lillian (Hart) Clark, was born January 4, 1935 in Green Bay Township in Clarke County, Iowa and passed away this life on Monday September 19, 2022 at Clearview Home in Mt Ayr, Iowa at age 87.
Gerald attended Osceola Field School and High School before enlisting in the United States Navy at the age of 17, which began a 23-year career that took him around the world. Gerald was stationed throughout the United States, including Florida, Maine, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Virginia, and Illinois, as well as many parts of the world during his tenure as a Navy Seal. He served on submarines such as USS Tullibee and Tiru during his many deployments. Gerald had many different naval qualifications, including submariner, underwater demolitions expert, navy paratrooper, company commander, recruiter, and career counselor, to name a few. He retired after 23 years of service in July 1975 as Senior Torpedo Commander.
Gerald was also a family man; he married Delores Elizabeth Alford on July 31, 1956 in Key West, Florida, and they were blessed with three children: Donna, Debbie and Robert. As a military family, they lived in many different towns until Gerald and his family moved back to Osceola in 1970. Gerald purchased the Lyric Theater, which was his first place of work in his youth. He also owned the Uptown Hotel and Café with his wife. Gerald was an active member of his community, being elected to the Osceola City Council and elected Mayor of Osceola for two terms. He has been involved with many organizations in various capacities, some of which include founding member of Osceola Eagles Lodge Aerie #3495 where he held numerous offices. Gerald was a Davis Pence Post #69 member of the American Legion and a member of the VFW. He loved to fly and build airplanes; he was active with Osceola Airport and had the new airport built and also served as an inspector for the Experimental Aircraft Association. He built and flew many airplanes. He also enjoyed building model ships and airplanes – he even helped build an airplane for the movie Flight of the Phoenix. Gerald’s wife, Dee, predeceased him in August 1989. Gerald married Lynnette Cox-Atkinson on July 17, 2010 in Osceola. Together they were active with the Osceola Eagles and enjoyed family activities.
Relatives who preceded Gerald in death were his first wife Dee Clark, his daughter Debbie Clark, his parents Les and Corda Clark, his grandsons Jacob and Joseph Adair, his son-in-law David Adair, his sister Barb Philpot (husband Kenny Symonds and Bill Philpot), sister and brother-in-law Virginia and Clarence Scholl, niece Joyce Marie “Sue” Taylor and stepson Tory Cox.
Gerald leaves to cherish his memory: wife Lynette Clark of Osceola, IA, daughter Donna Lynn Adair of Osceola, IA, son Robert Joseph (Nila) Clark of Osceola, IA, daughters-in-law Annette (Johnny) Miler of Osceola , IA and Suzanne (Chuck) Craig of Mississippi, and three generations of grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Kale Funeral Home – Osceola on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Phil Coe officiating.
Gérald’s family welcomed friends from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at Kale Funeral Home.
If you cannot attend the service in person, a live stream will be available on www.kalefuneralhome.com on Robert’s Wall of Tribute beginning at 11:00 a.m., Saturday.