Ira G. Clark, age 84, of Loogootee, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at his home.
Ira was born January 12, 1935, in Daviess County, Indiana to the late Robert H. and Gladys (McCracken) Clark.
He married Carolyn (Gregory) Clark on November 25, 1953, and she survives.
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 achieved his Master’s Degree from Indiana University.
Ira received his principal license from Indiana State University. Ira held many important positions in the Loogootee School Corporation. He became a math teacher in 1962, a school counselor in 1968, and then went on to be the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. In 1982, he became the Loogootee High School Principal. He re-joined the classroom in 1989 as a math teacher, and finished his career in January of 1995.
Ira was a United States 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 to 2016. He also was a member of the American Legion, Loogootee School Board 1996 to 2004, Generations Board, in Vincennes, 2007 to 2016, and Martin County Council On Aging Board from 2006 to 2016. He also was a part owner of W & C Squared Construction.
Ira was also preceded in death by siblings, Maxine Darlington, Ernest Clark, and Arthur B. Clark.
He is also survived by his children, Marsha (Ed) Neal, of Freelandville, Greg R. (April) Clark, of Loogootee, and Susan (Terry) Wittmer, of Loogootee; grandchildren, Christopher Bledsoe, Mackenzie Weaver, and Sydnee Wittmer; step-grandchildren, Taylor Wittmer and Conner Wittmer; great-grandchild, Gaven Bledsoe; brothers, Roy (Carman) Clark, of Florida, and Maurice Leon Clark, of Loogootee.
A funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 8th, at the Loogootee United Methodist Church. Burial followed in the Sugarland Memory Garden.
Visitation was held on Friday, June 7th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Loogootee United Methodist Church.
The family suggested memorial contributions may be made to the Martin County Humane Society.
Arrangements were provided by the Blake Funeral Home, in Loogootee.