John J. Clark

BOSTON LOCATION – John J. Clark, 88, a resident of Boston Location, passed away peacefully at home with family and friends by his side, Monday, June 24, 2013.

He was born October 5, 1924, in Royal Oak, Mich., a son of the late John W. and Vivian (McGuire) Clark.

John was a proud veteran, having served with the 101st Airborne during World War II where he received five Battle Stars and was in the Battle of the Bulge.

John then received his GED and attended Wayne State University, studying Criminal Justice.

Mr. Clark was first employed with a dye-casting shop, then with DSR as a driver. In 1951, he accepted a job in the Communications Department of the Detroit Police Department. He retired from there in August of 1979, after 33 years.

In 1979, he moved to make his home in the Copper Country.

John was first married to the former Mary June Brown in 1947. The couple raised three sons together and after 28 years, parted ways. In 1979, he met Shirley (Weijola) Jampsa, and after ten precious years together, they were united in marriage on October 7, 1989.

While residing in Lower Michigan, John was a former member and past Post Commander of VFW Post 147 of Highland Park and American Legion Post 120. He was also a former member of Masonic Lodge, Lions Club and Hiberian Club of Irish Descent. Locally, he was a former member of Rangers Post 6165 VFW of South Range and lastly, a member of Copper Ingot Post 4624 VFW and William Giroux Post 90 American Legion of Lake Linden.

John was a talented person and a self-taught plumber, electrician, bricklayer and carpenter that could fix just about anything . As he said, “if he can’t fix it, it can’t be fixed.”

He was a man who loved to collect and wear a variety of hats. John always enjoyed joking and making people laugh and also laughing at himself. Mr. Clark was a boxer in the service and a huge fan of boxing.

Preceding him in death were his son, Robert Timothy; his parents; his brothers, Lloyd and Robert; his sister, June.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley Clark of Boston Location; his loving children, John (Sue) Clark of Boston Location, Patrick (Gail) Clark of Trinity, Fla.; daughter-in-law, Jean Clark of Milford, Mich.; step-sons, Glenn Jampsa of Chicago, Ill., Kerry (Deb) James of Chandler, Ariz., and Steven Jampsa of Onnela; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Elaine Reidel of Melborn, Fla. and Patsy Matecha of Melborn, Fla.; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Special thanks to the great support from the Kela family, Wendy Mattson and Sue Harter throughout the years. Also thanks to Dr. Sigurds Janners and his staff, along with Portage Home Health and Hospice.

Funeral services for John will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2013, in the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock with Rev. David Weber to officiate. Burial will be in the Waasa Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday from 12 noon until time of services in the funeral home.

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The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock has been assisting with arrangements.