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William "Howard" Clark

October 19, 1937 ~ February 22, 2021 (age 83)


William “Howard” Clark age 83 of Fairfield, passed away Monday, February 22, 2021, at Jefferson County Health Center, Fairfield, Iowa.

Visitation for family & friends will be 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sunday, February 28, 2021 at Behner Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 1, 2021, at Behner Funeral Home with Pastor Gabriel Claussen officiating.  Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. at Haines Cemetery, Centerville, Iowa.  The service will be live streamed on Fairfield First Christian Church facebook page.

During the visitation and funeral service please follow the COVID guidelines by wearing masks and social distancing.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Fairfield, Alzheimer’s Association or ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).  Cards may be mailed to 1713 Brookville Road, Fairfield, Iowa 52556.

Howard was born October 19, 1937, in Centerville, Iowa to Joseph C. and Mildred (Stites) Clark.  He married Donna Lee Tait on November 2, 1956, at the First Christian Church in Lancaster, MO.

Howard was a P.M. Place Store manager in Corydon, Centerville, and relocated to Fairfield to open the store in the winter of 1962.  He then worked at Wulff Furniture Store and started farming.  Howard then started selling insurance at Midwest Benefit Consultant, Inc., in Des Moines, Iowa.  In 1988 formed a partnership EBS (Employer Benefit Services) a Division of Holmes Murphy Des Moines, Iowa. He retired at the age of 79. 

Howard was a member of the First Christian Church, Elks Lodge and Walton Club.  He served as Chairman of the Church Board, was a 4-H Leader, and Chairman of Jefferson County Republican Party.

Howard will be missed by his wife of 64 years, Donna of Fairfield, Iowa; his children, William Howard Clark Jr. (Judy) of Tustin, CA, Dawn Dillivan of Grimes, IA and Chris Clark (fiancé, Sandy Tisor) of Mason City, IA; 5 grandchildren, Sergeant Nick Clark, Megan Dillivan, Alexis Clark, Allison Clark and Emily Clark; brother-in-law, Ronald Tait (Cherie) of Des Moines, Iowa; and sister-in-law’s, Mary Clark of Ottumwa, Iowa and Sara Tait of Centerville, Iowa.  He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph C. and Mildred; grandson, Philip Alan Clark; brother, Richard Clark; brother-in-law, Wendell Tait and special Uncle Fred and Aunt Chloe Meyer.

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February 28, 2021

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Behner Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
203 South Main
Fairfield, IA 52556

Funeral Service
March 1, 2021

10:00 AM
Behner Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
203 South Main
Fairfield, IA 52556

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