Former Lexington Resident: Charles 'Charlie' Clark (1945-2016)
Charles H. “Charlie” Clark, 71, of Waverly, passed away August 24th, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Charlie was born in Bertrand, Nebraska on July 11th, 1945 to Harold W. and Geraldine (Griffith) Clark. He served as Chief of Police in Lexington, Nebraska for 25 years, retiring in 2010. He graduated from Lexington Senior High School with the class of 1963, and served a full 6 years in the U.S. Navy from 1963-1969.
After his discharge from the Navy, Charlie was hired as a police officer in Lincoln, Nebraska in October of 1969. While working he attended college at UNL where he received his BA degree in 1975 and then went on to pursue his CJ degree, in 1976, from UNO. Charlie was then employed with the Lincoln Police Department for 16 years, reaching the rank of Sergeant, before moving to Lexington, Nebraska in October of 1985 to take the job of Chief of Police and kept this position until his retirement. After, retiring in 2010, he moved to Waverly, Nebraska in 2013, where Charlie got to enjoy being a grandpa and spent time traveling with his family. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially his two favorite girls, his granddaughters.
Charlie is survived by his wife of 37 years, Sandy; daughter, Rena (Nate) Riley; granddaughters, Ella and Emma, all of Waverly; sisters, Norma Henry, Cozad, Nebraska, Charlotte (George) Wence, Kearney, Nebraska, Linda (Jim) Carlson, Lexington, Nebraska; brothers-in-law, Jack Reeves, Cozad, Nebraska, and Randy (Dorothy) Phipps, Grand Island, Nebraska; sisters-in-law, Lisa Phipps, and Rhonda (Tony) Cox, all of Lincoln; son, John Clark; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.
Preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Ray Phillips; mother and father in law, Jay and Marlene Phipps; son, Ryan; sisters; Twila Phillips, Connie Reeves, and Bette Carlson; brothers-in-law, Alan Phillips, Don Henry, and Fred Carlson; nephews, Danny Henry, Scott Carlson; niece, Margaret; great-nephew, Stevie Everett, and great-niece, Lily Mae Davis.
Celebration of Charlie’s Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 at the Cozad Church of Christ, 2117 Newell Street, Cozad, Nebraska. Private family interment in the Elwood Cemetery.
Memorials in lieu of flowers may be given to the family for future designation.
Visitation: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, September 1st, 2016 at Roper and Sons Waverly Funeral Home, 10851 North 148th Street, Waverly, NE.
Additional visitation will be Friday, September 2nd, 2016 at Berryman Funeral Home, 620 E. 22nd Street, Cozad, Nebraska from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Condolences may be shared online at Roperandsons.com.