Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Robert F. Clark

Robert F. Clark, age 82, passed away January 6, 2018 at the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Quincy, Illinois.  He was born on August 8th, 1935 in Warsaw, Illinois to Claude R. and Thelma J. Durham Clark.  Robert graduated from Warsaw High School in 1953.

Robert F. Clark | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, IllinoisOn February 27th, 1955 he married his high school sweetheart Virginia Darlene Nagel and they were happily married for 62 years.  They had two children, Bonnie Sue and Mark Alan.

Robert served his country in the US Army from 1955 through 1957.  He returned to Warsaw, Illinois after military service and completed classes to become a journeyman pipefitter.  He was a member of the Local 48 Grain Millers Union and was employed forty plus years at Roquette (Hubingers) in Keokuk, Iowa.  After retirement, Robert worked through the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 125 and enjoyed the opportunity to engage in different types of pipefitting jobs and making new ‘fitter friends’.

He enjoyed many hobbies including hunting, fishing, restoring cars and tinkering in his ‘retirement garage’.  Robert and Virginia took frequent motorcycle trips both across the US and locally.  During retirement years, they looked forward to wintering in Arizona with friends.  Anyone who knew him, knew his love of music and string instruments.  He was self-taught and played music by ear.  Robert was a member of a family style Country Opry in Plymouth, Illinois and in later years the bluegrass ‘Hard Times’ band.  He also shared his love of gospel music and played in various community churches. Robert was especially close to his grandson Tyler, and often said he was double blessed with the addition of his great granddaughters Grace and Kara.

He was a life member of the Hopewell Lodge No.127, A.F.M. Jackson, South Carolina and a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Warsaw, Illinois.

Robert is survived by his wife Virginia of Quincy, Illinois and his daughter Bonnie (Jerry) Bollin of Quincy, Illinois, his grandson Tyler (Jennifer) Lomax and great granddaughters Grace and Kara Lomax of Clarksburg, Maryland, and a sister Fran (Roger) Daniels of Kahoka, Missouri.  Other survivors include five brother-in-laws: Walter Nagel, Lyle (Charlot) Nagel, James (Roberta) Nagel, Donald Nagel and Larry Hall; two sister-in-laws: Elda Mae Beeler and Judy Schmitt; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents Claude Clark and Thelma Clark Schmitt, his twin sisters Patty Stark and Peggy Zick-Hall, three brothers, Carl Schmitt, Tony Schmitt and Johnny Clark in childhood, son Mark Alan Clark, three brother-in-laws and their wives: Marvin (Betty) Nagel, Milton (Carlene) Nagel and John (Luella) Nagel; three sister-in-laws and their husbands: Gladys (Carroll) Fleck, Selma (Clarence) Morales and Margaret (Bennie) Crowell; his sisters-in-laws Marlene Schmitt, Fern Nagel, Karen Nagel and his brother-in-law Edwin Beeler.

The Clark family wishes to thank the special care givers at the Illinois Veterans Home that made sure Robert was comfortable and well cared for during this past year.

Services: Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Robert’s life on Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm (luncheon) at the Community Center in Hamilton, Illinois (1680 Keokuk Street, Hamilton, IL 62341).

Inurnment: A private inurnment will be held at the Lutheran Cemetery in Warsaw, Illinois

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Illinois Veterans Home Activities Fund.

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

  1. My sister Brittany and I used to love stopping by their house. And loved when he would play music for us. Many prayers to you and your family.

  2. Love, love, love and peace to you my dear Virginia! So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Deep sympathy also to Bonnie and Tyler and children. No one will be missed more than Bob will be by so many! I think of our good time so often, and miss you so much!

  3. So sorry to hear about Robert’s passing. I remember such fun times in high school at Robert and Virginia’s with Bonnie.

  4. I will never forget going with my brother, Randy Mulch, to his house and listen to him teach Randy guitar. So sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers to all of you.

  5. So sorry for your loss Bonnie and Virginia. May God’s comfort help your through this time of loss. Prayers and God bless you all.

  6. My sincerest condolences to Virginia and family. Our families will be forever linked by music and I will remember Robert for his ever-present smile and quick wit.

  7. It was my pleasure to care for Robert during his time with us at the Illinois Veterans Home. He will be greatly missed.

  8. So sorry to hear of Robert’s passing. So many good memories of our pickin’ time in Warsaw in the 80’s, and camping at festivals with him and Virginia. Our hearts are sad to get this news from Molly today.

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