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Robert E. “Bob” Clark

Trivoli- Robert E. “Bob” Clark, 89, of Trivoli, passed away at 11:45 PM on Friday, November 20, 2020 at Courtyard Estates of Farmington. He was born on May 20, 1931 in Clinton, Iowa, a son of Lawrence and Anna (O’Hern) Clark. He married Joan Clayberg on October 3, 1953 in San Diego, California. She survives.

Also surviving are his children, Karen (Dave) Arrenholz of Trivoli; Sherill (Kenny) Balagna of Farmington; Linda (Kevin) Cotter of Peoria; Janell (Stan) Smith of Denver, Colorado; Joseph (Wendy) Clark of Farmington; seven grandchildren, Sara (Marcus) Miller of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania; Zachary (Heather) Clark, Muscatine, Iowa, Luke Balagna of Farmington; Josie (Dakota) Horn of Farmington; Jacob (Bonny) Cotter of Gibson City, Illinois; Isaac Cotter of Peoria, Alex Clark of Farmington; and four great-grandchildren

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, and one son, James Robert Clark.

Bob worked as a Customer Service Manager for Ozark Airlines for 33 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the Farmington Moose Lodge #1571, Farmington American Legion Post #16, and a lifetime member of the Farmington Athletic Booster Club, member of the Ozark Air Lines Silver Swallows, and an avid St Louis Cardinals fan. Bob was a veteran of the United States Navy.

Per Bob’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded through Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. A celebration of life service and burial of ashes will be held at a later date in Trivoli Cemetery, where military honors will be conducted by the United States Navy. Memorials can be made to Logan-Trivoli Fire Department or to the Farmington Athletic Booster Club. To leave online condolences please visit


  • Joe clark

    Reply November 22, 2020 1:44 pm

    Gonna miss you dad! Thanks for always supporting everything I ever have attempted to accomplish. A kind word and a smile is truly the greatest virtue I learned from you . Thanks to everyone that has helped my family throughout the journey of life we are all on.

  • Mary B. Elam

    Reply November 22, 2020 3:20 pm

    Joan, Karen, Sherill ,Linda, Janelle, and Joe…I wish I could hug each of you in person, but I am sending you all hugs from my heart…I was so blessed to grow up in Trivoli where family included your neighbors…my heart is heavy for you all

  • Dave and gail Fagan

    Reply November 23, 2020 6:27 am

    Bob will be missed by so many, but you will always have those special memories of his love

  • Marilyn Monroe

    Reply November 23, 2020 9:09 am

    Condolences to Jo and the family with Bob’s passing. May God comfort you at this time.

  • Jean Monroe

    Reply November 23, 2020 9:35 am

    Sending sincere sympathy to all the family during this difficult time. Remembering all the good times in Tripoli.

  • Alice Kiesewetter

    Reply November 23, 2020 2:25 pm

    Bob was one of a kind. He will be missed.
    Hugs to all the family. So sorry.

  • Alice Kiesewetter

    Reply November 23, 2020 3:40 pm

    Bob was one of a kind .He will be missed by many.
    Hugs to all the family. So sorry.

  • Larry and Laurie Whitmore

    Reply November 23, 2020 8:05 pm

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. I always considered Bob to be a good friend. Being around him there was never a dull moment! Always knew where to find him at track meets!

  • Joe Clark

    Reply November 23, 2020 9:05 pm

    Thanks to all the folks that helped my family and my father in the past . My dad always made the comment to a sourpuss : “a kind word and a smile is all I need from you” gonna miss you pop hope to see ya on the other side someday . Joseph

    • Gary Perkins

      Reply November 24, 2020 4:03 pm

      BOB always had a smile on his face. Always a smile for everyone he crossed paths with.

  • T.J. Seiler

    Reply November 23, 2020 10:34 pm

    Karen, Sherill, Linda, Janell, Joe and Families…………..I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. What a fun, classy and genuine guy. I always felt welcome with him. I will certainly miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

  • Jo Smith

    Reply November 23, 2020 10:38 pm

    He was one of the friendliest man around TRIVOLI area and always had a story to tell. I loved his devotion to his kids, their sports and to anything connected to Farmington sports which he supported so much. I will miss his smile too. My sympathy to JOAN AND YOUR WONDERFUL FAMILY.

  • John Serdar

    Reply November 23, 2020 11:39 pm

    To the Clark Family, I extend my deepest sympathies. Bob was the best neighborhood father for us growing up in Trivoli. Like the Serdar Squeeze Ball Field, the Reed Rag Football Field, the Clark Pool and Driveway Basketball Court were the center of life in of our little town and Bob was always on that court with us. He had an infectious smile and wonderful spirit. Important to me, I remember that after our father passed, he always made time to pull me aside and check with me, to see if we needed anything. With a tear in my eyes, wish we could all hug and a prayer for all.

  • Mark Guy

    Reply November 24, 2020 9:31 am

    Bob was a wonderful person, and we shared some good times at the Peoria airport. Linda, my thoughts and prayers go to you and your family. If possible please let me knon when services are held.


    Reply November 24, 2020 4:43 pm

    JOE, I still grin when I think of your Dad escaping Courtyard to go to McDonald’s for a hamburger. My sentiments, too. It must have been so frustrating for your family to be locked out of 2 places for this long. My sympathies to you and all of your family.

  • Pat Daugherty

    Reply November 24, 2020 10:38 pm

    A very special gentleman You can judge his character by the children he raised. Hugs to all the family.

  • Denise (Ingold) Reynolds

    Reply November 25, 2020 3:19 pm

    Sherill and family,
    So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed greeting Bob when I visited Courtyard Estates.
    “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
    Sincerely, Denise (Ingold) Reynolds

  • Nick Cowley

    Reply November 25, 2020 11:25 pm

    Dear Karen, Sherrill, Linda, Janell, and Joe,

    Sorry to read about the loss of your dad, a guy with a million dollar smile I always thought.
    His character as a man is evident in you kids.

    Respectfully and fondly,
    Mr. Cowley

  • Jill C Booth

    Reply November 29, 2020 11:08 am

    To The Clark Family, I remember your Dad during my years at Trivoli Grade School; he always had that amazing smile. May your fond memories of your Dad carry you through these difficult times.
    My Deepest Sympathy,
    Jill (Geier) Booth

  • Michael Woodcock

    Reply November 30, 2020 6:59 pm

    Karen, Sherill, Linda, Janell, Joe
    Just recently heard about your dad, so sorry. Growing up with you guys, I got to know and enjoy your dad. Enjoyed the basketball games at your house especially when your dad was involved! You guys were like extended family and your dad another uncle! I saw him occasionally at Farmington football games in recent years. My deepest condolences and prayers. He will be missed.

    Mike Woodcock

  • Lynne Waldrop

    Reply December 3, 2020 3:40 pm

    Sorry to hear of the passing of you Dad. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Francis Clark
    Dave & Jeanette Clark
    Lynne & Joel Waldrop
    I had the pleasure of chatting with your Dad about a year ago when looking at Courtyard as an option for my Dad. I think they could have stirred yp a lot of mischief together if Dad had moved there!

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