Raymond Clark, 87, of Pittsburg, peacefully passed away on Dec. 27, 2022, at 3:16 p.m. at Via Christi in Pittsburg.
Raymond was born on Aug. 31, 1935, to Ray Elmer and Helen Theresa (Glasgow) Clark in Curranville, Kansas, weighing a whopping 3.5 pounds. He grew up in the area and graduated from Arma High School in 1953. He went into the Navy Reserves for two years, then joined the Air Force for four years and was stationed in Jacksonville, Arkansas. During that time, he married Sue Simpson on Feb. 21, 1959. They started their family in North Little Rock, Arkansas, but eventually moved back to Pittsburg. Ray found employment at Helio Aircraft as a welder and then at Pittsburg Steel, where he retired in 2000 after 36 years.
Raymond enjoyed playing football in high school and in the backyard.
His interests also included fishing, racing stock cars, softball, horseshoes, dune-buggying, and the one interest he picked up at 12 years old, playing guitar.
He was an active member of the church. First at Emanuel Baptist Church, then with Trinity Baptist Church, where he served on the treasury and as a deacon for many years.
He is survived by his wife Sue; daughters Laurie Porter from Pueblo, Colorado, and Penny(Darin) Wilson from Arma; son Andy Clark from Danielson, Connecticut; grandson Jimmie Porter of St. Louis, Missouri; sister-in-law Gail Ludders; and several nieces and nephews.
Raymond is preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Rose (Bill)
Marlier, Audrey (Bob) Whetzell, and Lauretta (Rex) Wing.
The family has decided to hold a celebration of life service at a later
date when the weather is warmer, as Raymond disliked cold weather.