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John Clark IV

December 30, 2011

    John Clark IV, 84, a longtime Decatur resident and a former member of the Decatur City Council, died at 1 p.m. Thursday in the nursing center at Woodcrest Retirement Community.
    He was born on April 18, 1927, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    He married Carolyn J. Lambert on August 27, 1955, in Fort Wayne. She passed away on December 30, 2003.
    John was a teacher in the North Adams Community Schools for 31 years, retiring in 1988. He previously taught in Huntertown.
    John also owned Clark Custom Frames in Decatur from 1977 to 2005.
    John was a member of First United Methodist Church in Decatur; a former member of the Decatur Lions Club, of which he had been president and secretary; a life member of the National Education Association; a member of the Indiana Retired Teachers' Association; a former member and a past president of the North Adams Teachers' Association; and a founding member of the board of directors of the Boys' and Girls' Club in Decatur.
    John served his country during World War II in the United States Marine Corps, serving in Germany and Hawaii.
    Surviving are four sons, John Clark V (and wife Kay) of Granger, Indiana; Vernon C. Clark of Decatur; Michael A. Clark (and wife Heidi) of Schertz, Texas; and Philip E. Clark (and wife Stacy) of Fort Wayne; two brothers, Joseph A. Clark of Fort Wayne and James W. Clark (and wife Jane) of Lakeland, Michigan; and six grandchildren, Jessica Clark, Tyler Clark, Emily Clark, Michael Clark II, John Bussing, and Carrigan Clark.
    Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in First United Methodist Church, with burial in Decatur Cemetery, including military graveside rites by the color guard from American Legion Post 43 in Decatur.
    Visiting hours are 2-4 and 5-8 p.m. on Monday, January 2, in Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, and 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, January 3, in the church.
    Preferred memorials are to the Decatur Boys' and Girls' Club and to the building fund at First United Methodist Church.
  

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