Ira G. Clark, Ira G. Clark

Ira G. Clark

Ira G. Clark, 84, of Loogootee, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at his home.

He was born on Jan. 12, 1935 in Daviess County to the late Robert H. and Gladys (McCracken) Clark. He graduated from Montgomery High School. He then received an associate degree in education from Vincennes University, a bachelor's degree from Oakland City University and finally his master's from Indiana University. He received his principal license from Indiana State University. Ira held many important positions in the Loogootee School Corp. He became a mathematics teacher in 1962, school counselor in 1968 and then went on to be the assistant principal and athletic director. In 1982 he became principal at Loogootee High School. He re-joined the classroom in 1989 as a math teacher and finished his career in January of 1995. Ira was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served from May 1954 through December 1957 during the Korean Conflict, where he was a helicopter instructor. He was a member of the Loogootee United Methodist Church where he was the custodian from 2003-2016. He also was a member of the American Legion, Loogootee school board from 1996-2004, the Generations from 2007-2016, and Martin County Council for Aging from 2006-2016. He also was a part owner of W & C Squared Construction.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Clark, of Loogootee; his children, Marsha Neal and her husband, Ed, of Freelandville, Greg R. Clark and his wife, April, of Loogootee and Susan Wittmer and her husband, Terry, of Loogootee; his grandchildren, Christopher Bledsoe, Mackenzie Weaver and Sydnee Wittmer; his step-grandchildren, Taylor Wittmer and Conner Wittmer; his great-grandchild, Gaven Bledsoe; and brothers Roy Clark and his wife, Carman, of Florida and Maurice Leon Clark of Loogootee.

Ira was preceded in death by his parents, Robert H. and Gladys (McCracken) Clark; and his siblings, Maxine Darlington, Ernest Clark and Arthur B. Clark.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Loogootee United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Sugarland Memory Garden. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. on Friday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Martin County Humane Society. Arrangements were provided by Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.

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Joyce Ann Lehman

Joyce Ann Lehman, 73, of Fayetteville, Missouri, passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center.

Joyce was born on Oct. 8, 1945 in Vincennes, the daughter of Donald M. Crouse Sr. and Olive Jean (Carmichael) Crouse. She graduated from Bruceville High School. She was united in marriage with William Joseph Lehman on July 2, 1966 in Bruceville. Due to William’s service in the U.S Air Force, the couple resided at numerous places across the country, as well as in Germany. In 1979, they moved to the Warrensburg, Missouri, area. Joyce was a licensed beautician at one time. Next, she was a cashier at the Whiteman Base Chow Hall. Joyce eventually worked for several local plumbers before she and William started B & J Plumbing. She was an avid reader. She enjoyed going camping and fishing with her husband. She also enjoyed crafts, especially embroidery. With Joyce, family always came first.

Survivors include her son: Christopher Lehman and his wife, Brenda, of Warrensburg; her daughter-in-law, Vilma Lehman of Warrensburg; her brother, Donald (Cindy) Crouse Jr. and his wife, Cindy, of Bruceville; her sister, Shelley Detty of Warrensburg; five grandchildren, Kaycee Kirkbride of Warrensburg, Ashley Smith and her husband, Jonathon, of Independence, Missouri, Levi Kirkbride and his wife, Katie, of Warrensburg, Christopher Lehman Jr. of Warrensburg and Sadie Lehman of Warrensburg; four great-grandchildren, Ashton, Brayden, Aiden and Nathan; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William; her son, Wil; two brothers, Michael Crouse in infancy and Randy Crouse; and a nephew, Rusty Crouse.

Graveside services will be noon CDT today at the Veterans Cemetery at Higginsville, Missouri, with Rev. Sid Tiller of Northside Christian Church officiating. Casket bearers will be Levi Kirkbride, Chris Hastings, Bobby Hastings, Tony Detty, Danny Howard and Tommy Fish.

The family will receive friends from 9-11 a.m. CDT today at Williams Funeral Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Wreaths Across America-Higginsvile Chapter, or Johnson Co. Cancer Foundation.

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Downey, Howard Thomas, died June 3. Services: 1 p.m. on Friday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation: 11 a.m. until the hour of services on Friday at the funeral home. Memorials: Calvary Apostolic Church, Route 250 E., Lawrenceville, IL 62439. Condolences:

Horn, Barbara A., died June 4. Services: 1 p.m. today at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Burial: May Chapel Cemetery in Lawrence County, Illinois. Visitation: 11 a.m. until the hour of services today at the funeral home. Memorials: Good Samaritan Hospice, 601 S. Ninth St., Vincennes, IN 47591. Condolences:

Price, Willard Lee, died May 24. Services: 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Middlebury Center, Pennsylvania. Visitation: 10 a.m. until the hour of services on Saturday at the church. Memorials: St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Condolences:


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