Gary Keith Clark

Born: Wed., Mar. 6, 1940
Died: Sat., Dec. 7, 2019


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Dec. 10, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Chapel

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Wed., Dec. 11, 2019
Location: New Canton United Methodist Church

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Gary Keith Clark, age 79, of rural New Canton, passed away early Saturday, December 7, 2019 at his residence.  Gary was born in Quincy, IL on March 6th, 1940 to Leslie and Evelyn Richmond Clark.  He married Becky Craig on August 7, 1960, at the New Canton United Methodist Church, and she preceded him in death on February 23, 2016.

Gary served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1958 through 1966 and worked for the Rock Island Corps of Engineers from 1960 through 1998.  He was assigned to Lock and Dam 20 at Canton, MO, Lockmaster at Lock and Dam 14 at LeClaire, IA, and Lock and Dam 22 at Saverton, MO.  He was an Industrial diver, a diving supervisor for the Corps and various contractors, owned his own diving company and served as a construction inspector for the Corps.  Many challenges occurred during his tenure including; 1965, 1973 and 1993 Mississippi River floods, 1992 Chicago flood and Delta Queen in L & D 22.   He served on the Pike County Planning Commission; as past Master of Lodge 821 in New Canton, a member of the Hull Masonic Lodge #910 A.F. & A.M., past Commander of Pike County Emergency Corps and Lewis County Emergency Corps (as a recovery diver), and on the New Canton Fire Department.  Gary also served for 20 years on the Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative board as well as on the New Canton Cemetery Association, and the New Canton United Methodist Church boards.  He enjoyed volunteering his time roasting hogs and frying fish for various community events, and loved spending time with family and friends at the river and the farm.  Gary and Becky also used to enjoy winters in Donna, TX where they had made many great friendships.

He is survived by three daughters, Kim (Joe) Harris of Barry, IL, Cheryl (Randy) Hougland of New Canton, IL, and Tammy (Travis) Harris of Plainfield, IL; twelve grandchildren, Clinton, Brandy, Michelle, Doug, Melody, Calvin, Spencer, Madison, Brianna, Joey, Kara, and Kaylee; ten great grandchildren: Tyler, Triston, Ethan, Brennen, Devlynn, Brigston, Joseph, Finn, Evelyn, and Hank; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Becky; and sister, Sharon Bower.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the New Canton United Methodist Church.  Interment will follow at Shearer Cemetery with military services by the Barry American Legion Post #222.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry with Masonic Services at 7:00 PM.  Memorials are suggested to be made to the New Canton United Methodist Church, New Canton Fire Department, or Shriners Hospital.  Online condolences may be left to the family at  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Gary's memory to the following organizations:

New Canton Fire Department

New Canton Methodist Church

Shriners Hospital For Children

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A. J. Bower
   Posted Sun December 08, 2019
Kim & Cheryl and familys.
So sorry to get word of Gary passing. Have been friends since early childhood.
Gary and Sharon and I was raised just a mile apart on the farms. So many memories.
Gary is at Peace now. Hopefully he will meet up with Sharon.

Uncle A.J.

Tim & Cathy Sullivan
   Posted Sun December 08, 2019
Kim, Cheryl & Tammy,
We are so sorry to hear about Gary. Sorry for your loss. You three & all of your families are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Tim & Cathy

The Reverend J. C. Emerson, Columbia, MO
   Posted Sun December 08, 2019
Into your hands, O Lord, we humbly entrust Gary. In this life You embraced him with Your tender love; deliver him now from every evil and bid him eternal rest. The old order has passed away: welcome Gary into Paradise, where there will be no sorrow, no weeping or pain, but fullness of peace and joy with Your Son and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.

(It was an honor and privilege for me to have been a member of Gary's and Becky's Wedding Party, August 7, 1960.)

Paul Zakowski
   Posted Mon December 09, 2019

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by The Zakowski and Sebby families.

Our deepest sympathy, The Paul Zakowski Family and The Mel Sebby Family

Dorothy Browning
   Posted Tue December 10, 2019
So sorry to read this on Facebook this evening. I always enjoyed my time spent with Gary and Becky. They both were always great friends and a blessing to me, both while I was appointed to New Canto and afterways. May God's blessings continue to be with all of you.

Wayne & Debbie Hazelrigg
   Posted Wed December 11, 2019
So sorry for your loss. He is home with his sweetheart now. God be with all of you at this difficult time. Wayne and Debbie Hazelrigg

Tracy Stout
   Posted Wed December 11, 2019
Thinking of you all and wishing you peace during this difficult time.

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