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Richard "Dick" Bark - 83

9/19/1933 - 2/25/2017

Clinton, Iowa

Richard E. “Dick” Bark, age 83 of Clinton, passed away Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Alverno Health Care Facility. Visitation will be from 10:30 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. Thursday, March 2, 2017 at the Lyons United Methodist Church. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 P.M. Cremation rites will follow with burial at a later date in Oakland Cemetery. The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family. Dick was born in Clinton on September 20, 1933, the son of Corlus and Berniece (Gaarde) Bark. He graduated from Lyons High School in 1951. Dick married Patsy McClain on May 23, 1953 in Clinton. He was employed at Clinton Corn Processing Company for 25 years and later owned and operated Bark Construction. He was a member of Lyons United Methodist Church and Ducks Unlimited. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He served as Commissioner of the North End American League Little League for several years and umpired high school baseball games. He had a passion for wine making and enjoyed following the Cubs, Bears, and Hawkeyes. Dick is survived by his wife Pasty; five sons, Michael Bark of Harvey, LA, Thomas (Rebecca) Bark of Marion, IA, Kenneth Bark of Clinton, Keith (Janet) Bark of Ankeny, IA, and Gerald (Julie) Bark of Kingsport, TN; two daughters, Kathleen (Frank) Van Metre of Azusa, CA and Diane (Herman) Gibbons of McDonald, OH; 17 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Donald.


Visitation will be from 10:30 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. Thursday, March 2, 2017 at the Lyons United Methodist Church.


Funeral services will begin at 2:00 P.M.


  • Mark and Lori Cross

    on 02/27/17

    Our Sympathy, Kathy and Frank and family. Think of you often Mark and Lori
  • Gregory and Jean Mallinger

    on 02/27/17

    Our deepest sympathies to you Patsy, and your family ! My visits home to see my parents never felt complete unless I heard Dick give me his patented reply "steady by jerks" when I would ask him how it was going , and to give you a smile, and a wave. I regret I won't be able to come "home" for the funeral, but please know you will be in my prayers. Greg
  • Ben Hall and family

    on 02/28/17

    Jerry, sure hate to hear about your dad. You and your family are in our prayers.
  • Claudia Jenkins Zier

    on 03/17/17

    Dear Bark family, I am saddened to read about Dick. So many memories come to mind as I think of all the yrs spent at Lyons Methodist, growing up with all you kids, between Sunday School, Choir, Youth Group, Confirmation class, etc. May you all find peace in all the memories you have of your dad and allow that to help ease your sadness. Be strong for your mom! RIP Mr. Bark!

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