October 2, 1936 — August 18, 2020
Joplin, MO – James (Jim) W. W. Clark, age 83, left this earth on August 18, 2020 due to a sudden illness. Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM Saturday, August 29th at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery with full military honors.
Jim was born in Rockport, MO on October 2, 1936. He moved to Joplin, MO at a young age. He was raised by legal guardians, Sidney and Dora Denham on their family farm until he graduated from high school. He then joined the U.S. Navy.
Jim is survived by his loving wife Jane Clark of 29 years. They were married June 8, 1991.
Jim enjoyed a full life. He served 22 years in the U.S. Navy, and retired as Chief Warrant Officer W3. His career in the Navy allowed him to experience countries all over the world as well as many parts of the United States. After he retired from the Navy he continued to work as an electrician and retired from Flex-O-Lator of Carthage, MO in 2000.
Jim was an avid golfer and a farmer at heart. He loved to watch birds and garden at his lovely home in Joplin.
He is survived by his first wife Joyce Elliott and his children, Joni Nelson (Steve), Jolene Ray (Michael 10/15/10), (Jack Beezley), and Jimmy Clark (Kim Liggans); his step-children, Kevin Houser (Valentina), and Kellie Leaming (Russ). He is also survived by eleven grandchildren, Bethany, Lindsay, Mason, Sydney, Christen, Ross, Madison, Dagan, Wrenn, Ariel, and Alexander; five great-grandchildren, Jack, Payton, Emma, Brooks, and Lilah.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Center Creek Golf Course in care of Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.