John R. Clark

July 05, 1945 ‒ February 05, 2016

Choctaw, Oklahoma
Formerly of Galion, Ohio

John R. Clark, 70, of Choctaw, Oklahoma and formerly a resident of Galion for 30 years passed away February 5, 2016 at his home in Choctaw, Oklahoma after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born July 5, 1945 in Hanging Rock, Ohio, he was the son of Edward and Myrtle (Cole) Clark. He was previously married to Tealie (Bailey) Clark for 35 years and she preceded him in death. He then married Linda R. Clark and has been married for 16 years and she survives.

In addition to his wife he is survived by his children, Jo Ann (Ted) Howard of Galion, Tammie (Brian) Meek of Indiana, Donna Morrison of Mansfield and John E. Clark of Oklahoma, 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, four step children, eight step grandchildren, six step great-grandchildren and two brothers, Jim and Richard Clark.

John was a member of Apostolic Faith Tabernacle of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where he served as an usher and had a loving church family and Pastor Nathan T. McDonald.

He was known for his hard work ethic and putting forth 100% effort into any project he started. In Oklahoma John worked at Walmart Family Market in the produce department, where he received several employee of the month awards. He previously worked at the former Perfection Cobey in Galion

Many people will remember John in the Galion area for his many years of volunteering with the HomeCare Matters Hospice, managing the Funnel Cake Stand. He also was a reserve police officer for the Galion Police Department, special duty officer for Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and a member of the Richland County Ohio Special Response Team.

John coached both women and men’s winning softball teams (Artcraft, Willmann Company and Fulton’s TV and Appliance) at East Park in Galion.

In addition to his parents and his first wife he was preceded in death by sister, Amery Runyon, twin brother, Paris Clark, infant brother, Danny Clark and a great grandson, Brandyn Lucas Clark.

The family will receive friends from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 12, 2016 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday with Rev. Ted Howard, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of John Clark, and condolences may be made to them at

  • To all the Clark family I am so sorry for your loss and you are in my prayers!! I have known Mr. C since I was just a little girl and he was a special man & he will never be forgotten.

  • This is truly hard to take after dad leaving us last month. I will always remember him being silly at all our family gatherings. I loved him so much and he will be missed. I will miss our phone conversations very much. I love you all! You are in my thoughts!!

  • My condolences to the family. And Linda… I am so sorry for your loss. Just know he is at peace and out of pain. Prayers for peace and comfort in this time of need… John had a special place in my heart. I loved working with him and Linda at Home Care Matters….. He was always smiling and cheerful

  • So sorry for your loss! He was a great father, husband and grandfather. I am thankful for all the years he was part of the kids lives. He was there from the beginning to the end. So happy he got to meet their babies when he was home. I will make sure his memories carry on with them as they grow. He will be truly missed by many! I love you all and wish you peace.

  • So sorry for your loss…May God bring you all comfort during this difficult time….I remember I kind man…from my childhood…..

  • Jo Ann, Donna Tammie & John,
    I’m truly sorry to hear about John, I have a lot of great memories coaching softball with him, playing on teams he coached and always being welcomed into your home many years ago. John had fun and was fun to be around, I’m thankful to call him my friend.

    • Thank you for your kind words…yes there plenty of memories made @ the softball field and playing euchre @ the house. You were a good friend to dad.

    • Thank you for your kind words Tim. Many memories were made on the softball field & at our home, that’s for sure.

  • Jo Ann and all of the Clark family,
    Sorry to hear of John’s passing. He did so much community work while in Galion.
    He was a good friend to many and those who were close to him will remember the cups of strong coffee they shared with him.
    May your memories keep him in your hearts forever.

  • To The Clark Family,
    We new John for years. He was our neighbor for years. I new him years before that.
    We through a lot of John. He helped us a lot
    His family will be in our hearts and prayers.
    God Bless You,
    Russell & Margie Gelvin

  • My deepest sympathy to Linda and the family. Linda, you and John were always so special to me and such a pleasure to work with at Home Care Matters. John was such a nice and friendly man! We can rejoice knowing that he is in a wonderful place now and is free from pain. May God be with you and comfort you until that day that you are united again.

    May God Bless!

    Linda and Alex Johnson

  • I knew John for many years, he had a heart as big as any person I had ever known . He was always willing to help anyone without EVEN being asked.
    He will be truly missed here on earth. We all were so lucky to have known him.
    May the good Lord Bless and keep you .

  • I am so sorry to hear of Johns passing. I have great memories of him being my softball coach! He was a great coach! Thoughts and prayers to your family.

  • I’m grateful for his passion for life. He pursued hobbies, work and interests with passion. This trait was passed down to his grandson, my husband. He holds a special place in my heart.

  • To John’s family we express our sympathy and pray that you find peace in the many happy memories you share. John was one of the happiest men we have ever met, always upbeat and a joy to be around. May you find comfort in the Lord as that is what John would have wished for you.

    Larry & Carolyn Grimes

  • Sis. Clark…
    My heart & prayers go up on your behalf. Bro. Clark was a jewel & now he has obtained his crown of righteousness. Madeline & I have never forgotten either of you. May the Comforter send you His perfect peace that truly passes all understanding.
    Much love,
    The Leggett family

  • Uncle John,
    May you RIP. I loved you and had always
    wished that I could have seen you just
    one more time. My love and prayers to all
    of your family and loved ones.
    Love U Always,
    Your Niece,
    Linda June