R. Joseph Clark


R. Joseph Clark, 86, of Seymour, Indiana, passed away Monday, January 23, 2017, at his residence.

Dr. Clark was an eagle scout and a member of the Brownstown Presbyterian Church, where he was an elder. He also served in the United States Navy. He enjoyed water sports, snow skiing, golfing and motorcycling.

Dr. Clark was a dentist in Brownstown for 10 years and an orthodontist in Seymour for over forty years. He was a member of the Seymour Elks Lodge #462, American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodonists, Indiana Dental Association, where he served as a delegate, Indiana Association of Orthodonists and South Central Dental Society.

Born on Feb. 9, 1930, in Brownstown, he was the son of Roy and Mary Lucille Davis Clark, both of whom preceded him in death. On March 23, 2005, he married Monica Wichman and she survives in Seymour.

Survivors also include three sons, David B. (Bobbi) Clark of Shelbyville, Indiana, Brian J. (Diana) Clark of Elkhart, Indiana, and Thomas A. (Betty) Clark of Mitchell, South Dakota; one step-son, Ted (Andi) Wichman of Indianapolis, Indiana; one sister, Mary Lou Cordes of Seymour; eight grandchildren, Kaitlyn Clark, Molly Clark, Jenna Clark, Amy (Joe) Paulson, Ben (Osiris) Clark, Sarah (Tyler) Dekoekkoek, Lauren (Luke) Espelund and Drew (Alli) Clark; five step-grandchildren, Cole Wichman, Lauren Zentz, Emily (Josh) Butler, Nick (Anna) Holiway and Hannah Miller; five great-grandchildren, Lucy Espelund, Harper Espelund, Nora Clark, Calvin Clark and Dorothy Paulson; and step-great-grandchildren, Cecelia and Cayson Zentz, Addy Monroe and Chandler and Elijah Butler. Also surviving are brothers-in-law, Nolan (Betti) Ryan, Louis Ryan and David Ryan; sisters-in-law, Anne (Larry) Miller and Chris (Bryce) Emison.

In addition to both parents, he was also preceded in death by two great-grandchildren, Emma and Asher Espelund.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at Spurgeon Funeral Home, Inc., Brownstown. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will take place at Fairview Cemetery, Brownstown, with full military honors to be presented by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled American Veterans 47 and Vietnam Vets Seven, all of Seymour.

Memorials may be made to Schneck Hospice or Seymour Elks Lodge #462.

Online memorials and condolences may be given at www.spurgeonfh.com.