Richard Lee Clark

Richard Lee Clark, 71, passed away Aug. 25, 2010 at his Houston home after battling cancer.

He was born April 13, 1939, in Owatonna, Minn., son of Eryck and Tina Narisse. Richard’s mother later married Marvin Clark, who adopted Richard. He always referred to Marvin as his “real dad.”

As a child, Richard lived in Jackson, Minn. When he was 12, his family moved to Kansas. He attended high school in Lawrence, Kan., where he was a member of the class of 1958.

Richard married Wanda Bray in 1958. They had two sons, Glen and Alan. He married his wife, Virginia Dean Freeman, in 1981. He worked at the Lawrence Paper Co. for 36 years. After retirement, Richard and Virginia moved to Houston so she could be closer to her family.

Richard enjoyed gardening. He loved growing tomatoes to give away to family and friends. He enjoyed traveling but he was always glad to get home so he could putter around the house and garden. He was a familiar site driving his ’55 Chevy with his dog, Jody, and wife, Virginia.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia; his sons, Glen Clark and Sherrie Diale and Alan Clark and Lisa of Lawrence, Kan.; one sister, Sandra Garvey of Sequim, Wash.; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Richard was proud of his Norwegian ancestry. Having come from Minnesota, he always said he was an opinionated Yankee. He was a devout KU basketball fan and really enjoyed wearing his KU blue colors in Houston, particularly when playing the MU Tigers.

Richard was always in a hurry whatever he was doing. The only time he wasn’t was when it came to helping a friend.

Richard believed in the Lord and found comfort after finding out his final diagnosis might bring six months to a year to live. True to his nature, he got in a hurry. Three months from his initial diagnosis, he went Home.

Life is short. Richard was a good man and a friend to many.

A Celebration of Life Service was held 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, in the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Randy Brooks officiating. The body was cremated.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Texas County Hospice of Care or Rock Springs Cemetery of Bendavis.

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