William James Clark

February 26, 2020

William James Clark, 87, of Edgemont passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

William (Bill) was born in New Jersey to Joseph and Sarah Clark. He received his education at a number of schools throughout childhood including when his family moved to Canada, and then Bill moved to Florida. As the story is told, when in Canada, he and his horse would travel 9-miles one way to and from school, but only if the temperature was above minus 30-degrees F. He acquired his high school diploma in Florida later in life while attending night school.  Bill attended Trinity College in Florida as well as voice training.

He married Laura Barlow on October 4, 1958. Bill lived a full life first and foremost as a loyal servant of our Lord Jesus Christ, wonderful husband and father to four children. He and Laura thoroughly enjoyed socializing and sharing coffee and meals with family, friends and strangers.

He was a street-corner preacher, amateur boxer, and professional painter. He was an accomplished classical tenor, a published author for his book, “About Magog The Whole Story”, developed a multi-decade career with the railroad holding positions such as Train Master, Locomotive Engineer, etc.,. As a member of the Gideons and a Youth for Christ Director, and the President of the BLE (Brotherhood of Local Engineers), Bill was always busy. Bill was an avid runner, averaging up to at least 15 miles per day. Other hobbies included wood working, landscaping and fishing.

Bill is survived by his wife, Laura and their four children, Christine (Howard (Lee) Muse of Custer; William Joseph (Billy) (Stephanie) Clark of Edgemont; Kim (Chad) Anderson of Elko, Nev; and Jamie (Ann) Clark of Sioux City, Iowa. Bill was blessed with 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Survivors also include his brother, Dugald Clark and several nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughters, Tiffany Clark and Jayme Manke, and grandson, Devon Sammons. Bill’s brother, Martin and sisters, Mary and Gladys, also preceded.

Services were held Monday, March 2, 2020 at Southern Hills Evangelical Free Church in Hot Springs. Casey Smith and John Dennis co-officiated. Burial was at Custer Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Chamberlain-McColley’s Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.chamberlainmccolleys.com.

Memorials may be given in Bill’s memory to the Gideons.

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