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Russell L. "Pete" Clark, 84 of Belle Rive, Illinois passed away Saturday, January 21, 2017 at his home.

He was born June 17, 1932 in Sullivan, Illinois to Columbus James "Doc" and Faye (King) Clark. He worked as a fork lift operator for Caterpillar Tractor in Peoria, IL for 30 years. He was also a U.S. Army Veteran having served during the Korean War, 1952-1954 at the Greenland Thulee Air Force Base. He enjoyed hunting, gardening and was very open about the Lord and shared that experience with others.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years; Joan (Richards) Clark. Two sons; Gene Russell (Tiffany Hope) Clark of Peoria, IL and David Lee (Angela Renee) Clark of Opdyke, IL. Two daughters; Deborah (Edward) Wilkerson of Belle Rive, IL and Donna Sue (Gene) Leffingwell of Opdyke, IL. Seven grandchildren and four step-grandchildren; Mike Wilkerson of Bonnie, IL, Tim (Deb) Wilkerson of Terre Haute, IN, Eric Wilkerson of Mt. Vernon, IL, Caleb Burrichter of Mt. Vernon, IL, Andrea Burrichter of Opdyke, IL, Levi Clark of Tampa, FL, Ryan Clark of Opdyke, IL, Tiffany Wesselman of Okinawa, Japan, Dakota Church of Belle Rive, IL, Dillon Leffingwell of Mattoon, IL and Cassy Leffingwell of Branson, MO. Four great grandchildren; Evan Wilkerson, Landon Wilkerson, Lily Wilkerson and Arriah Leffingwell. Two brothers; Frank Clark of Dahlgren, IL and Richard Clark of McLeansboro, IL. Two sisters; Peggy Bell of McLeansboro, IL and Catherine Spradlin of McLeansboro, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters; Irene Kelly, Ethel Overbey, Judy Jones, Mary Denham, Doris Russel and his brother Harold Clark.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Belle Rive Missionary Baptist Church with the Revs. Richard McCormick and Jeremy Hamson officiating. He will be laid to rest in the Flint-Belle Rive Cemetery with graveside military rites conducted by American Legion Post #141 of Mt. Vernon. Visitation will be held Monday, January 23, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at the Belle Rive Missionary Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to the Belle Rive Missionary Baptist Church and will be accepted at the church or Gholson Funeral Home.

Gholson Funeral Home of Dahlgren is in charge of arrangements.
Published on January 23, 2017
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