The Ottumwa Courier


March 17, 2014

Leland Clark

FREMONT — Leland “Lee” Keith Clark, 69, of Fremont, passed away March 14, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.

Lee was born Aug. 17, 1944, in Oskaloosa, the son of Keith Clark and Dorothy Pfannebecker Clark. He graduated from Fremont High School in 1963. Following graduation, he worked at John Deere Ottumwa Works as a field test mechanic for 30 years before retiring in 1994.

He was united in marriage to Diane Schroeder in Vero Beach, Fla., July 28, 1984.

Lee served on the Fremont City Council, the Volunteer Fire Department in Fremont and also coached Little League for the Fremont-Cedar areas. He was a member of the Fremont Jaycees, the Kirkville-Eddyville Masonic Lodge and was a volunteer at the Knoxville Hall of Fame. He organized and ran the Greater Southeast Iowa Tractor ride as well as organized the Fremont car shows. As a hobby, Lee also restored antique cars and tractors and owned an auto body and repair shop in Fremont.

Lee is survived by his wife, Diane of Fremont; a daughter, Tina (Shawn) Gallagher of Cedar Rapids; a son, David (Ginger) Clark of West Des Moines; four grandchildren, Chase and Corbin Gallagher and Natalie and Cole Clark; two stepdaughters, Susie (Elix) Coleman of Sarasota, Fla., and Beckie (Billy) Swantek of Brandon, Fla.; a stepson, John (Jill) Schroeder of Odessa, Fla.; five stepgrandchildren, Travis and Satchel Coleman, Jordan and Justin Shroeder and William Swantek; a stepgreat-grandchild, Satchel Morgan; and a sister; Kathy Clark of Apache Junction, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

As was Lee’s wish, his body has been cremated.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Fremont Funeral Chapel.

Visitation will be held at noon Wednesday at the funeral home with family present from 5-7 p.m. with a Masonic service at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Lee’s family has requested that memorials be made in his name to Mahaska County Hospice.

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