- Date of birth: Jan 25, 1945
|To donate to St. Jude's, call 1-800-805-5856 and dedicate to Rex Clark, notifying Janet Clark. Or go to www.stjude.org and select "Dedicate my donation". Hit tab "Provide Dedication Details" at the bottom and state to notify Janet Clark.|
After a courageous 47 days in the ICU battling acute pancreatitis, Rex Clark said, “Let’s call it a day!”
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Geneva Clark, and his brother, Ricky Clark.
His wife Janet, his true love of 36 years, survives Rex. One of 8 siblings, he also leaves brothers Jim (Phyllis), Larry (Cindy), Bill (Reatha), David; and sisters Marilyn Exum, Linda (Donnie) Bogan. He was loved by numerous relatives and a world full of friends. Although he had no children of his own, he was a father figure to many. He and Janet had 82 nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews to spoil and send home.
After retiring from a successful 32-year career as a property appraiser with MODOT, Rex enjoyed life to the fullest.
As a proud member of Springfield’s Royal Tin Car Club, Rex assisted in painstakingly restoring and customizing many classic cars, including the infamous 1941 purple Packard Limo, his precious 1951 Cadillac, and the newest treasure loved by kids and adults alike – the Batmobile. He and Janet took their cars on road trips across the country, frequently showcasing them at car shows. Rex treasured his car club family. His weeks were formed around lunches with the Car Guy’s Adult Day Care and hanging out fixing cars with his friends.
Rex also traveled the world with his beloved wife, visiting Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Italy, Prague, Spain, Amsterdam, Ireland, China, Hungary, Turkey, Greece and the Greek Isles. They also made many special trips to Colorado to see their good buddies, Denise and Ron, and their boys.
Known for his entertainment and hospitality, Rex and Janet often hosted large parties and gatherings. He was well known for his cooking- everyone lucky enough to be invited for dinner knew his culinary genius and hoped to be invited back. Rex risked a riot with every pot of chili.
Those who met him will never forget his big laugh. Those who never met him missed out. His friends and family knew a great man that never ran out of hilarious jokes, and a prankster that created his own legends. He was a soul with so much generosity and such a big heart, it literally made him the epitome of Santa Claus.
Visitation will be held at Walnut Lawn Funeral Home Tuesday, January 21, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 am, followed by graveside services at Greenlawn North. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
"What a dear person Rex was. Always trying to help others out. Have so many memories of him. His laugh was infectious. His smile joyful. I know one thing for sure, everyone in heaven is enjoying his Willie Nelson songs and voice. Will be missed but never forgotten. My love goes out to you Janet, remember all those happy times. Love"
"Janet, I'm sorry I missed the funeral for Rex but please know that you and the entire Clark family have been in my thoughts and prayers. Rex was always a favorite of mine and he was such a help to Rick and I when we were young marrieds. Even though I haven't been close through these last years, I have many fond memories of Rex and the entire Clark clan. I know his loss will leave a huge hole in your life and in your heart. Please feel free to reach out to me or the girls if there's anything we can do. Love you all."
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