Michael John “Mike” Clark, 64
Michael John “Mike” Clark was born June 6, 1954 to John A. “Jack” and Frances M. (Herrington) Clark in Ainsworth, NE. Mike passed away on Friday, August 17, 2018 at CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, NE. Mike was the fourth of seven children. He joined sisters Patricia, Ellen and Mary. Later joining the family were siblings Anthony “Tony”, Catherine and David. Mike was raised on the family ranch near Long Pine, NE. He attended rural schools through 7th grade when he came to Bassett Grade School. Mike graduated from Rock County High School with the Class of 1973. He was joined in marriage to Martha “Marty” (Clay) on October 9, 1976 at Springview, NE, and to this union three children were born, Jessica Ann, Robert Anthony and Hillary Kay. The Clark family farm instilled a work ethic in Mike that lasted his whole life. Besides doing chores at home when he was too young to drive, he snuck over the hills and worked for the Hollenbeck’s in the hayfield. While he was still in high school, he farmed at night for Jerry Kirwan. He continued with Jerry until 1980 living at Springview. He worked for Homer and Clarabelle Kenner until 1982 when the family moved to Bassett and worked for Verny and Don Krieger until 2008. He worked one year for Beck’s Well and Irrigation. In August of 2009, he started working for the Farmers-Rancher Coop at Ainsworth until the time of his death. Along with his day job, he was in partnership with Harv Devall in CDF Farms and Mike and Marty running cattle with the Clay Ranch. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, John and Frances; and brother, Tony; a nephew, Troy; and numerous in-laws. He is survived by: wife, Marty; children, Jessica Clark of O’Neill, NE, Rob (Angie) Clark of Ainsworth and Hillary (Bret) Dearmont of Newport, NE; grandchildren, Charton Clark of Bassett, Ashton and Mattie Dearmont of Newport; step-grandchildren, Kayla Klatt of O’Neill and Drew Klatt of Ainsworth; siblings, Patricia (Ron) Dvorak of Bismarck, ND, Ellen (Ken) Ackerman of Omaha, NE, Mary (Rich) Snyder of Arlington, VA, Cathy (Steve) Sybrant of Bassett, Dave (Jolyn) Clark of Long Pine; mother-in-law, Sarah Clay of Bassett; former daughter-in-law, Roslyn Turner-Clark of Bassett; sisters and brothers- in-law, Doug (Mark Kane) Clay of Sacramento, CA, Ed (Peggy) Clay of Wiggins, CO, Sheri Clay of Springview, Dave (Karan) Clay of Long Pine, Mel Clay of Arcadia, NE, Bev Clark of Neligh, NE, Caron Clark of Pauline, SC; along with numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members and friends. Memorial services were held on Friday, August 24, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Bassett with Pastors Michelle Byerly and Joel Wentworth officiating. Music was provided by Drew Klatt with the congregation singing “Because He Lives.” The CD selections of “Take Me Home Country Roads” by John Denver and “Jealous of The Angels” by Donna Taggart were also played. Honorary bearers were Ron Krieger, Harold Devall, Harold Radtke, Justin Nelson, Dan Atkinson and Allan Lear. Inurnment was in the Rogers Cemetery near Springview. Memorials were suggested to the family in Mike’s name for a future designation. Hoch Funeral Home of Bassett was in charge of arrangements and condolences may be made to www.hochfuneralhome.com.