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Donald Elzy Clark, Sr.

Donald Elzy Clark, Sr., age 87, of Mansfield, died Monday, April 30, 2012 at Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.
Don was born July 30, 1924 in Freeport, Harrison County, Ohio to the late John Elzy and Marjorie Elizabeth (Steffey) Clark and was a graduate of Freeport High School. On August 25, 1946 he married Ruth Mary Smith and she preceded him in death on May 22, 2011. Don was an army veteran serving at the end of WWII in Korea as a medical tech. Mr. Clark spent his entire life in the agricultural business as a farmer, feed store operator, milkman, manager at Swartz Potato Farm, salesman for Tennessee Corporation, was a partner at Richland Chemical in Shelby, and was the owner of Rural Farm Distributors, Knox County Citizen, and Dempster Industries in Nebraska.
Don was a member of Clay Memorial Lutheran Church, a lifetime member of FFA and The Grange, was a member of Shelby Sertoma, and was a former board member of Crestwood Care Center in Shelby and Good Shepherd Home in Ashland. Don and his wife, Ruth, were part of the People to People Organization and traveled extensively around the world with them.
Mr. Clark is survived by his children: Marjorie (Steven) Guthrie, of Mansfield, Linda Clark (Roger Guertner), of Scottsdale, AZ, Donald Elzy II Butch (Toni) Clark, of Bellville, Sara Ruth Clark, of Mansfield; son-in-law and spouse: John Timothy (Marlene) Krisko, of Ashland; 8 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter: Donna Krisko in 1978; 3 siblings: Dean Clark, John Jack Clark, Helen Schultz.
Friends may call on Thursday, May 3, 2012 from 6-8 pm at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby and also on Friday, May 4, 2012 from 10-11 am at Clay Memorial Lutheran Church where funeral services will be held at 11 am. Pastor Carol Kilgore will officiate and burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the church.
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  1. Guest says:

    Family: Donald Elzy Clark, Sr.
    Name: Barbara Parsons Fensch
    Date: 5-1-12


    Dear Family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father, grandfather and friend to many. Your dad was one of my favorite people that I remember from Clay Memorial Church. He and your mother always had a smile and big hugs for us. I have happy memories of your dad from my childhood. God Bless you all. Barbara Parsons Fensch

    To The Family of:: Don E. Clark
    Your Name: : Alan & Bonnie Toth
    Your Condolence Message:: Bonnie & I would like to extend our thoughts of
    sympathy to the entire Clark family. People who’ve lost someone special
    know that the real grieving begins, not when family and friends are
    gathered, but later, when everyone has gone back to their own lives. . .
    Please know, especially then, that you are not alone, that those who care
    for you truly wish to share your thoughts and feelings throughout this
    difficult time. Don may be gone for now, but he will always be remembered
    and never forgotten. God Bless you all and keep you steadfast.

    To The Family of:: Donald Clark
    Your Name: : Billie Massie

    Your Condolence Message:: The entire staff of Short Term Care send our
    deepest sympathy, he will be greatly missed.

    What a joy to have been able to know him.

    Billie Massie Nurse Manager Short Term Care MedCentral
    To The Family of:: Don Clark
    Your Name: : Elizabeth Bader

    Your Condolence Message:: So sorry to hear about your loss. We know he
    will be greatly missed by all. You are in our thoughts and prayers. The
    To The Family of:: Donald Clark
    Your Name: : Carol Flockerzie
    Your Condolence Message:: Sorry to read of your loss,thoughts and prayers
    to all your family. Carol

    To The Family of:: Don E. Clark, Sr.
    Your Name: : Denny & Renie Borgelt

    Your Condolence Message:: Sarah, our thoughts and prayers are with you and
    your family members. We’re never far away if you need anything. Our
    neighborhood lost an outstanding member when your father crossed over.


    To The Family of:: The Clark Family
    Your Name: : Angelyn Haynes

    Your Condolence Message:: I’m so sorry for your loss He was always a
    person Who Loved to Kiss the Ladies. He always
    Put a smile on my face. He will be greatly missed
    by many. I’m sorry I won’t be able to make it to
    the service for him but know that you are all in
    my Heart & Thoughts during this time.

    To The Family of:: Donald Clark
    Your Name: : Short Term Care

    Your Condolence Message:: Our prayers are with you during this time. We
    enjoyed seeing your dad and taking care of him. He will be greatly missed.

    To The Family of:: Don Clark
    Your Name: : John Henize

    Your Condolence Message:: So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I met him
    some 25 years ago and shared a room at a Cargill Seed meeting. I was a very
    young salesman and Don made a significant impression on me. He was truly a
    good person and a real professional. I’m sure he will be missed. You have
    my sincere condolences.

    John Henize
    New Vienna, OH

    To The Family of:: Don Clark
    Your Name: : Jim Pullins

    Your Condolence Message:: So sorry for your loss. Calling on Don & Butch
    was always an experience. I always left feeling I’d learned more than you
    all did. Favorable memories will always be with me when I think of RFD &
    Don. Be Blessed.
    To The Family of:: Don Clark
    Your Name: : Kathy Milliron

    Your Condolence Message:: Dear Family,
    I was saddened to hear of the loss of Don. He was truly one of my most
    favorite people. No matter where one saw him, he always a wonderful
    greeting and smile that just made your day! I’m sorry to have missed the
    calling hours and service, but my prayers and thoughts were (and are)
    certainly with all of you. May your memories will be a great comfort to you
    Hugs, Kathy

    To The Family of:: Don Clark
    Your Name: : Kim & June (Haverfield) Heuberger

    Your Condolence Message:: Butch & Toni, Our thoughts & prayers are with
    you & your family in the loss of your father. Kim & June

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