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John Franklin Clark, Jr.

January 20, 1930 November 8, 2018
John Franklin Clark, Jr.
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John Franklin Clark, Jr. was born January 20, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois, to John Franklin and Fern Evelyn (Fowler) Clark. He departed this life on Thursday, November 8, 2018, in Claremore, at the age of 88 years, 9 months, and 19 days.

Growing up, John attended schools in Langley, Spavinaw, and Strang. He finished schooling at John Brown Military Academy in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. He served his country proudly in the United States Navy during the Korean War. John’s first wife was the former Virginia Ruth Clark. His second wife was the former Phyllis Lee Koontz.

John was of the Baptist faith and was a hard worker. He was always working to provide for his family of 7 children, often having more than one job at a time. His first job was at Bond Bakery where he repaired furnaces. He then worked as an engineer at the Phil Tower Building in downtown Tulsa. John then became a First-Class Engineer at American Airlines where he was a boiler operator. While working at American Airlines, he also worked as a Boiler Operator at Oertles and delivered sandwiches to vending machines.

John had a love for motorcycles and would take his family on rides whenever possible. He was also a very talented builder and craftsmen. He made miniature homes and store fronts that were suitable for collecting. John was also known to make wooden puppets. He had a knack for playing pool and could build almost anything. Above all, he loved his family. He will be dearly missed by all that knew him.

John is survived by: 5 sons: John Franklin Clark, III, and wife Charlene of Utah, Thomas Edward Foster and wife Denise of Texas, Orrin Ray Clark of Claremore, Oklahoma, Stephen Paul Clark and wife Angelica of Mexico, and George Lee Clark of Locust Grove, Oklahoma; 1 daughter: Debra Lynn Fleming and husband Bert of Chouteau, Oklahoma; 15 grandchildren and several great grandchildren; Other relatives and a host of friends.

John was preceded in death by: his parents; 2 wives; 1 son: Billy Clark; and 2 sisters: Juanita Clark and Sharon Camp.

Funeral services were 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at the Locust Grove Funeral Home Chapel in Locust Grove, Oklahoma. Interment followed at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Claremore, Oklahoma. Services were entrusted to the Locust Grove Funeral Home.

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1:00 PM 11/14/2018 1:00:00 PM
Locust Grove Funeral Home

608 East Joe Koelsch Drive
P O Box 517
Locust Grove, OK 74352

Locust Grove Funeral Home
608 East Joe Koelsch Drive Locust Grove 74352 OK
United States

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Woodlawn Cemetery Final Resting Place

310 S. Nome Ave.
Claremore, Ok 74017

310 S. Nome Ave. Claremore 74017 Ok
United States

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