Harrison, AR — Thomas Keith Clark, 88, or Harrison, AR, died on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 at his home.
Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 at Roller-Christeson Funeral Home in Harrison, AR, with a rosary from 5:30-6 p.m.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 at Mary Mother of God Catholic Church in Harrison, AR.
Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in the O'Neill Cemetery in O'Neill.
Tom was born on Dec. 4, 1931, to Eugene and Ada Clark in Inman. He grew up hunting, fishing, competing in athletics and working the hay fields in north central Nebraska. As a child Tom grew to love woodworking which he enjoyed his entire life.
He graduated from Inman High School in May of I949. In the fall of 1949, he enrolled at Wayne State College in Wayne.
In 1951, at the outbreak of the Korean War, Thomas left college to enlist in the U.S. Navy. During the conflict, Thomas was quartermaster aboard the USS Carpenter. Tom was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1955.
Upon his discharge from the Navy, he was hired as a lineman by Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. He worked his way up from the line crews installing the telephone service in rural north central Nebraska to the corporate offices in Omaha with stops in Chadron, Sidney and Holdrege. At the time of his retirement in 1986 he had worked for Northwestern Bell for 31 years.
After his retirement from Northwestern Bell, he was hired by the Nebraska Public Service Commission. Thomas worked for the commission until 1996.
Tom was a devote Catholic and was a member of the Knight of Columbus, fourth degree. He was also an ordained acolyte. He served as an acolyte for over 36 years in all three Catholic dioceses in Nebraska as well as an acolyte at Mary Mother of God church in Harrison.
He was a loving and dedicated husband and father to his wife and their three children.
Tom is survived by his two sons Edward (Laurie) Clark of Kyle, Texas, and William (Brenda) Clark of Harrison, AR; one daughter Jennifer (Patrick) Cahill of Mission Viejo, CA; nine grandchildren Thomas (Victoria) Clark of Dallas, Texas, Emily Clark of Austin, Texas, Elizabeth (Jason) Rankin and Catherine (Clark) Rathe, all of Fayetteville, AR, Patrick Clark of Harrison, AR, Jonathan (Marie) Clark of Sherwood, AR, Letitia Mary Ann (Ryan) Bowles of Dallas, Texas, Bridget Cahill of Mission Viejo, CA, and Michael Cahill of St. Louis, MO; eight great-grandchildren Reece and Ryan Rankin and Samuel, Daisie, Aryanna, Emma, Mia and Asher Rathe; one sister Margret Tjessem of Burwell; and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ann (Winchell) Clark of Harrison, AR who had died 13 days before him, his father and mother Eugene and Ada Clark of Inman, one brother Howard Clark of O’Neill, one grandson John Clark Cahill and one nephew Mark Elliot Clark.
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