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January 18, 1931 ~ March 3, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old
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James (Jim) R. Clark, 92, Passed away on March 3, 2023 at his home. He was born in Fremont, Ohio on January 18, 1931 to Raymond E Clark and Elsie (Beck) Clark Cheek. Jim was raised by his maternal grandparents, William S. and Anna Beck. He graduated from Fremont Ross High School in 1949. Jim married Marilyn (Rhoda) Clark at Memorial Evangelical United Brethren Church in Fremont on June 27, 1953, having 69 years of marriage.
Jim worked during his school years at the Pastime Bowling Alley and JC Penney. After graduation he went to work at Soreng Mfg. In 1953 he started his 40-year career at Rhoda Lumber & Millwork, Inc. After many years he became co-owner with his wife, brothers-in-laws and their wives. He and Marilyn were the last co-owners until they closed the business for retirement and spent 6 months out of the year for 26 years in Bradenton, Florida.
Jim pitched softball in the church league for Memorial Church and bowled many years in leagues. He enjoyed 50 years of golf in Ohio and Florida, achieving a Hole-In-One at Palmetto Pines in Bradenton, FL. He was a member of Brainard Lodge #336 of Fremont, Scottish Rite, Zenobia Shrine A.AO.N.M.S, Zenobia Jeepster Parade Unit all of Toledo, Fremont Shrine Club, Hayes Memorial United Methodist Church, The Moose Lodge, Thornwood Men's and Couples Golf Leagues.
Surviving him is his wife; son, Lowell (Lue) Clark, Cross Hill, SC, four grandchildren; James "Skip", and Alan (Jordan) Clark, Toledo, OH, Heather (Dan Gillis) Kosta, New Albany, OH, Whitney Kosta, Sarasota FL, great-grandchildren; Kensingtyn and Lenix Clark and many nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, son; Neil Clark, Step-father; Virgil Cheek and Step-mother Irene Clark Kosman, brother; Raymond "Bud" and infant John, sisters; Patricia and Betty Clark, Anna Marie (John) Erchenbrecher, special Uncle Russell Beck, and special aunt and mother's twin sister Elvie Peters all of Fremont.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Zenobia Shrine Children's Hospital. Visitation will be held on Thursday March 9, 2023 from 3:00 pm until 6:00pm when a Masonic Service will begin at Hanneman-Keller Funeral Home 416 South Arch Street, Fremont Ohio. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Friday March 10, 2023 at 10:30 am with burial to follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Fremont, OH.
Hanneman Funeral Homes is honored to serve Jim's family and encourage those to share a fond memory or condolence by visiting www.hannemanfuneralhomes.com.