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Dale Clark, 88 - April 03, 2016

Dale James Clark, 88, of Brady died Sunday, April 3, 2016, at Centennial Park Retirement Village in North Platte.
Services took place at the First United Methodist Church, 1401 Lake Ave., in Gothenburg on Thursday, April 7, at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Janie Freeman officiating. Interment was at the Peckham Cemetery at Gothenburg with military honors.
A visitation was conducted at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg on Wednesday, April 6, from 1 to 8 p.m. with family members present from 5 to 7 p.m.
Clark was born March 6, 1928, at Gothenburg, son of James S. and Sara (Lindberg) Clark.
He attended grade school at District No. 32, Potter School south of Gothenburg, and graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1946.
While attending high school, he was captain and center of the State Championship football team in 1945. He was also involved in FFA and G-Club.
In 1946, he joined the Navy and served his country at various locations as an Aviation Electronics Technician. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, he returned to the Gothenburg area to begin a life long farming and ranching operation.
Clark married Betty Lou Miller in 1951. To this union, three children were born. His wife passed away in 1974.
On Dec. 31, 1976, he married Ardith (Nansel) Sheets and became a father to her six children.
Family gatherings were important to him along with teaching his family to love the land, according to family members. He also enjoyed horses, dogs and cattle.
?He served on the Brady School Board for many years, the Dawson Public Power District for 41 years, and the Lincoln County ASCS for 25 years. He was a member of the Banner United Methodist Church and served on various church committees as well.
?Clark was preceded in death by: his parents, James and Sara; his first wife, Betty; his son, Jeff Clark; brothers—Roger and Van Clark; a sister, Betty Weiss; sisters-in-law—Imogene Bailey, Fern LeMaster and Eldene Pollatt.
Survivors include: his wife, Ardith of Brady; five sons—Rickie J. (Coleen) Clark and John (Jeannie) Sheets, all of Gothenburg, Michael (Heidi) Sheets of North Platte, Chris (Sandra) Sheets of Castle Rock, CO, and Clint (Christy) Sheets of Wallace; three daughters—Susan (Randy) Schroeder of Gibbon, Patty (Ike) Miller of North Platte and Joyce (Rick) Buhlke of Juniata; daughter-in-law, Laurie Clark of Gothenburg; 19 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law—Glenn Weiss of Greeley, CO, Jerry (Rosemary) Miller of Kearney, Ralph (Karla) Nansel of Arnold and Bob Bailey of Elkhorn; sisters-in-law—Frances Clark of Gothenburg, Maxine Cain of Denver, CO, Theda (Lawrence) Coleman of Broken Bow and Shirley Bassett of Arnold; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Memorials are suggested to Banner Methodist Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.