R. Joseph Clark


R. Joseph Clark, 86, of Seymour, passed away Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, at his home.

Born Feb. 9, 1930, in Brownstown, he was the son of Roy and Mary Lucille Davis Clark, both of whom preceded him in death. On March 23, 2005, he married Monica Wichman, who survives in Seymour.

Dr. Clark was an Eagle Scout and a member of Brownstown Presbyterian Church, where he was an elder. He served in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed water sports, snow skiing, playing golf and motorcycling.

Dr. Clark was a dentist in Brownstown for 10 years and an orthodontist in Seymour for more than 40 years. He was a member of Seymour Elks Lodge 462, American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodonists, Indiana Dental Association, where he served as a delegate, Indiana Association of Orthodonists and South Central Dental Society.

Other survivors include three sons, David B. (Bobbi) Clark of Shelbyville, Brian J. (Diana) Clark of Elkhart and Thomas A. (Betty) Clark of Mitchell, South Dakota; a stepson, Ted (Andi) Wichman of Indianapolis; a sister, Mary Lou Cordes of Seymour; eight grandchildren, Kaitlyn Clark, Molly Clark, Jenna Clark, Amy (Joe) Paulson, Ben (Osiris) Clark, Sarah (Tyler) Dekoekkoek, Lauren (Luke) Espelund and Drew (Alli) Clark; five stepgrandchildren, Cole Wichman, Lauren Zentz, Emily (Josh) Butler, Nick (Anna) Holiway and Hannah Miller; five great-grandchildren, Lucy Espelund, Harper Espelund, Nora Clark, Calvin Clark and Dorothy Paulson; stepgreat-grandchildren, Cecelia Zentz, Cayson Zentz; Addy Monroe, Chandler Butler and Elijah Butler; brothers-in-law, Nolan (Betti) Ryan, Louis Ryan and David Ryan; and sisters-in-law, Anne (Larry) Miller and Chris (Bryce) Emison.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two great-grandchildren, Emma Espelund and Asher Espelund.

The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Spurgeon Funeral Home in Brownstown. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Brownstown with full military honors to be presented by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled American Veterans 47 and Vietnam Vets 7, all of Seymour.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be given to Schneck Hospice or Seymour Elks Lodge 462.

Memorials and condolences may be given spurgeonfh.com.