James Louis “Clarky” Clark, 64, of Columbus, died at 10:15 p.m. Friday, October 9, 2015, at St. Francis Hospital South in Indianapolis, after a long battle with leukemia and bone marrow transplant complications.
James was born September 27, 1951, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of the late James T. Clark and Florine (Highley) Clark White.
Clarky was a 1970 graduate of Columbus High School and worked several years at Cummins Engine Company prior to driving a dump truck for Bishop Trucking.
He was a member of ABATE Motorcycle Club, Harley Owners Group (HOG) and Columbus Order of the Moose.
The greatest joy in his life was his new Harley-Davidson Trike and all of his motorcycle friends. Clarky will be truly missed by all who knew him.
A celebration of life gathering will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 17, 2015, at Myers-Reed Chapel on 25th Street, with fellowship immediately following at Ziggie’s Pub & Eatery.
In keeping with James’ wishes, cremation was entrusted to Columbus Crematory on Pearl Street.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or the American Diabetes Association.
Online condolences may be submitted at www.myers-reed.com where a video tribute of James’ life may be viewed.
James is survived by two nieces, Cathy Clark and Kim Anderson, both of Columbus; two nephews, Kelly Klineyoung and Mike Clark, both of Columbus; a great-niece, Felisha Wood of Columbus; three great-nephews, Bart Klineyoung and Clayton and Cody Dale Wood, all of Columbus; several cousins in Columbus and Kentucky; and his former wife and dedicated caregiver, Luretta Clark of Columbus.
Along with his parents, Mr. Clark was preceded in death by his sister, Fran Clark.
The family would like to thank the staff of St. Francis Health Bone Marrow Unit and the many friends and neighbors for their continuous love and support, especially Missy Klineyoung for being a great caregiver and Charlie Vance for the exceptional lawn care service, as well as James’ dear friends, Deana and Kermit Paswater, Bill and Dana Carson, Mike Isenogle, Rhonda Kinney Taggart, Tina Bishop, Denise Eckleman, John Blanford, Lisa Duke and Mann’s Harley-Davidson.