LeRoy Calvin Clark was born January 28, 1925, to Lucian Francis and Elva Elvina (Reeves) Clark in Orson, Iowa. LeRoy grew up on the family farm near Pisgah, Iowa. He attended and graduated from the Pisgah High School in 1942. LeRoy loved sports and played in state tournaments in both baseball and basketball.
After graduating high school, LeRoy attended Minnesota Bible College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was studying to be a minister. In October 1945, LeRoy proudly served his country in the United States Army Air Force. He served in Japan, at both the 82 Reconstruction Air Force and Johnson Air Force Base, 30 miles from Tokyo. He served for 18 months. He worked as a crew chief and mechanic on P-51 fighter planes. He was also part of the occupation forces of Japan, receiving the Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal at the end of World War II. LeRoy spent time with the Japanese people and was moved with their kindness, considering the past war occupation. CPL LeRoy Clark received his honorable discharge papers on February 10, 1947.
On February 20, 1947, LeRoy married Lucille Juanita Faye Sample. He and Juanita lived in Orson, Little Sioux, and later moved to Pisgah, Iowa. LeRoy worked for the Chevy garage as a mechanic for 20 years, Pisgah school district as a custodian for 20 years. He later worked as a bus mechanic in the bus garage in Mondamin, Iowa. He retired in June, 1987.
LeRoy was a member of the Little Sioux Church of Christ for many years and later became a member of the First Christian Church in Council Bluffs, Iowa. To LeRoy, the church was always the center of his life.
In retirement, LeRoy was well known in his community for being a helping hand. He received great satisfaction from assisting neighbors, family, and friends in need. A few things he would help with: fixing cars and mowers, driving people to doctor appointments, hauling corn for his brother, Herb Clark, and so much more.
LeRoy enjoyed traveling in the U.S. as well as abroad. Egypt, England, France, Israel, Jerusalem and Wales were some of his favorites. LeRoy also traveled to Alaska several times for family.
LeRoy died on December 2, 2019, at the Rose Vista Nursing Home at the age of 94 years, ten months and four days.
LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents; six siblings, Francis Clark, Eleanor Peterson, Velman Clark, Delmar Clark, Herb Clark and Lawrence Clark; and one son, Stephen Andrew Clark. LeRoy is survived by his three children, Michael Clark of Waterloo, Wisconsin, Daniel (Donna) Clark of Ankeny, Iowa, and Leah (Byron) Essig of Timnath, Colorado; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and many other relatives and friends.
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