This is difficult for me –writing about the loss of my brother and friend. The lineage of the Clark name extends from our Grandfather Marshall William whom had 3 sons, and of which only one survived to have a family. This small family that was my father’s, lived in rural Nebraska in a small town called Oxford where railroads and circumstances brought us together. My brother and I were the last of this Clark family despite all the promise that three sons must have given to my grandparents, and two sons must have given to our parents (Stanley H. and Ruth T. Clark). I now find myself as the last Clark and somehow this fate both honors and saddens me.
Our ties to the railroad were life-long, which Stan and I both pursued as hobbyists and armchair historians. When he died in mid-December he was still in pursuit of this hobby and left projects unfinished. I suppose we all leave behind unfinished things but at the end I am sure it was a comfort and distraction from the loss of his health, which he knew was slowly taking his life.
He also leaves us behind- his wife Erin (Soderberg) , daughter Heidi (Erchinger) and her family ; husband Kurt and their children Alexander, Erica, Ryan, and Kyle. In addition there is myself (Roger William), wife Linda, and our daughters Andrea (Haller) and Jennifer (Jess) and their families.
Sometime this Spring or early Summer these families will gather in the mountains of Colorado and scatter the ashes of a fellow who I believe considered those hills and their fields of wildflowers his real home. And so we shall bring him there.
By Roger W. Clark (MHS 1960)
Stanley Howard Clark
March 10th, 1941 – December 15th, 2015
McCook High School 1959
University of Colorado (Economics)
University of Colorado School of Law
March 9th, 2016