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Charles R. Clark Jr.

September 1, 2018

Charles Roger Clark Jr, 51, of Newton, KS known to everyone as Roger or Rog, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus, after a short but hard fought battle with gliosarcoma, a form of brain cancer on September 1, 2018. He was surrounded by family. He was born July 13, 1967 in Salina, KS to Charles and June Clark. He grew up on his family’s homestead outside of Culver, KS where he learned how to work driving tractors, milking cows, and cutting wood. This work ethic would remain strong throughout his adult life. He attended the University of Kansas where he earned four degrees. While working as pharmacy techs at St John’s hospital in Salina, KS he and his future wife, Susan Scheffer, met. They married on August 3, 1996 and were happily married for 22 years. They were blessed with four children, Maddie, Jed, Lora, and Nate that he loved dearly. He worked as a pharmacist in several settings and co-owned and operated Valley Drug which he sold just prior to being diagnosed. Roger was passionate about many things especially his family. When his children were small, he worked three 12 hour shifts and took call so that he could be home with his kids. He later worked more hours to provide for his family and to send his children to Christian school. He loved his children and spent as much time as he could with them. They hiked all over the state of Kansas which Roger referred to as a big playground and attended every KU football home game from the time they were born. He loved Kansas, Eagle Nest, NM, John Batchelor podcasts, KU football, the mountains, his dog, Guvna Finney, road trips, food, reading, writing, history, current events and politics. He also loved to run and ran 30 miles a week in the countryside around Newton always starting at Bethel College where people recognized him as the guy who ran across campus each morning. He loved the outdoors and working in his yard. After he and his wife built their home in Newton, Roger covered the front easement with creeping phlox. Many people would drive by the house each spring just to see these flowers of which he was very proud..He is survived by his wife, Susan, of the home, his children, Maddie (Kansas City), Jed, Lora, and Nate of the home, his parents, Charles and June Clark, siblings Kim (Eldon) Smith, LeeAnn Clark, Barbara Petik, and Sam Clark, mother-in-law, Connie Scheffer, brothers-in-law, Russ Scheffer and Mike (Jacki) Scheffer, and many nieces and nephews. His family would like to thank the family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers who reached out with prayers, encouragement, visits, food, acts of service and gifts. They would like to thank Pastor Snow and especially Pastor Myers for the visits, readings from Psalms, and prayer. Finally, they would like to thank those special healthcare workers that provided Roger’s care during his illness and the staff at Kidron Bethel who cared for and about him in his final days. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established to assist with his children’s college education. Checks may be made to the family in care of Petersen Funeral Home. Not goodbye but see you soon, Roger!

Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 5-9pm with family present from 6:30-8pm. The Funeral will be held Friday, September 7, 2018 at 11am at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wichita, KS with burial following at 2pm at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton, KS. Petersen Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.www.petersenfuneralhome.com

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11 thoughts on “Charles R. Clark Jr.

  1. I used to work with Rog at Ottawa County hospital many years ago when he was in high school and I was a new RN. He was a very hard working young man. So sorry to hear he lost his battle with cancer.

  2. RIP Roger. Always loved coming over to the Clark household in Culver growing up. Prayers to the whole family.

  3. Prayers for strength and comfort during your loss. Cherish every memory ever made. My heart goes out to you on the loss of your son.

  4. Dear Susan and family,
    You don’t know me, but we are country neighbors to the Clark’s. Their family was good neighbors and friends. We watched Roger and his siblings grow up. Kim was our babysitter, and Sam a classmate of our oldest daughter. I’m so very sorry for your loss. You have just lost your best friend and the love of your life. God is faithful and true and He will carry you through this dark time. Don’t be afraid to call out to Him. Lean on Him completely. God loves you and has plans for you, though we know not what they are. His ways are higher than our ways, though we do not understand and our hearts are breaking. Lifting you up in prayer to your creator, who loves you and cares for you.

  5. Rog’s Family,
    Words can’t even begin to describe the sadness I felt learning of Rog’s passing. It was because of him that I read the book Rainbows End, and I will always hold that book close to my heart in remembrance of him. I will be praying for peace and comfort for all of you during this difficult time.

    Kayla Wyer & Family

  6. Roger and I spent a lot of time together growing up. We were in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and church youth groups. During the summer, I would stay overnight at Roger’s house. When Chuck was replacing the septic tank, Roger and I thought it would be a good idea to throw dirt clods in the hole. Not a good idea but we had lots of fun. I’ll see Roger in heaven some day and we can have more debates about theology!

  7. We were so sorry to hear about Roger. He is in a better place and has no more pain. It was so fun to watch Roger grow up. Bless you all.

  8. I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know Roger (friend of Mike and Jacki), but what a beautiful tribute to his life you have posted here. May your memories bring you peace and comfort in the coming days.

  9. My parents owned Valley Drug before Rog and Steve purchased it from them. I always enjoyed working with Rog. I will cherish those fond memories. He brought us many laughs! Praying for your family.

  10. I knew Roger for several years at KU. He even slept on our sofa for a few months keeping his sparse belongings in a single milk crate. One of my fondest memories is when we couldn’t find a place to watch a KU football game playing on the East coast and someone jokingly suggested a road-trip. After some quick calculations it was determined if we left immediately we could make it by kick-off the next day. We jumped in my car and drove all night (+16h) missing just the first play of the game. Roger even got pulled over for speeding in Missouri but talked his way out of the ticket by explaining our “mission” and promising not to speed until we left the state. I always loved when Roger was around; with his vast knowledge our conversations were anything but boring. I wish I hadn’t lost touch with him. My sincere thoughts go out to his family and friends.
    Signed “Cheese”

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