Richard Michael Clark

January 30, 1949

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January 4, 2021

Richard Michael Clark

January 30, 1949

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January 4, 2021

Rick passed away at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, at the age of 71. His immediate family was given the gift of being able to see him and say “until we meet again” before he left this world to begin his next adventure.

Rick was an only child, born to Harold and Virginia Clark in Springfield, Missouri. They moved to Kansas City, Missouri, when Rick’s dad started working for Missouri Pacific Railroad. Rick attended school and graduated in 1967 from East High School in Kansas City. That fall, he began college in Warrensburg, Missouri, at Central Missouri State. He met his future wife, Barbara, their freshman year on a blind date. They dated all through their college years. Rick graduated in December of 1971, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. Unable to find a counseling position following graduation, he began his retail management career in Aurora, Illinois. He and Barbara married in the summer of 1972 and celebrated 48 years of marriage together.

Their daughters, Chris and Courtney, were born a few short years later. There were many moves during Rick’s retail career from large cities to small towns to country living, finally settling in Powell, Wyoming.

After retiring from retail management, Rick was Camp Director at Luccock Park United Methodist Camp, in the Paradise Valley outside of Livingston. He then transitioned to the position of College Book Store Director at Northwest College in Powell. Since 2003, Rick and Barb spent each summer, camp hosting on the North Fork of the Shoshone National Forest, outside of Cody, Wyoming. Those years were the most enjoyable out of any job he had during his life.

He is survived by his wife Barb of Powell; daughter Chris Hunter (Brian) of Billings, Courtney Clark (Jeremy McElroy) of Miller, Missouri. He is also survived by grandchildren Connor and Caleb Hunter and Jazmin, Landon and Blaine McElroy. He also leaves behind an extended family and numerous friends from their various travels. He wouldn’t miss a single opportunity to share his joys and tell stories of how proud he was of his family.

A celebration of Rick’s life will take place this spring at an outdoor venue in the Shoshone National Forest. At that time, we will be planting a tree, at the suggestion of grandson Caleb, to signify Rick’s love of God’s creation and his time spent there. Family will share details once they have been solidified.

Memorials may be made to either:

First United Methodist Church

c/o Luccock Camp Scholarship Fund

2800 Fourth Ave. N.

Billings, MT 59101

US Forest Service District Office

c/o Newton Creek Campground

203 Yellowstone Ave., # A

Cody, WY 82414

We are so very grateful for the kindness and compassion of the Powell Ambulance crew; Powell Hospital ER, Lab and Radiology staff; Guardian Flight crew; St. Vincent Healthcare ER, ICU, Radiology, Surgical and Palliative Care staff; Michelotti-Sawyers staff. Their care and compassion were beyond measure!

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11 thoughts on “Richard Michael Clark”

  1. Barb, Courtney and Chris please know that our prayers are with you at this time. I am so glad that I was able to know you while we were in Powell. I know how much being a camp host meant to Rick. He will remain in our hearts and thoughts as all of you will. Glennda and Aaron Harris

  2. We will miss Rick so much, and his cheerful smile whenever we saw him. He was such a part of Miles’ childhood. Barb, Chris and Courtney – know that we are thinking of you during this difficult time! Blessings on you, and your families! Pat, Roger and Miles Otstot

  3. Russ and Denece Lord

    Barb, Chris, Courtney, and all your family,
    Denece and I send our sincere sympathy in this difficult time but know you all will hold each other in love and support. You all know how highly we thought of Rick. From Luccock to home-brews in your garage Rick enlivened every setting. While knowing how much Rick meant to others across his life journey can’t relieve the sorrow, it is something to hang on to. Blessings,
    Denece and Russ

  4. biblio2teca@gmail.com

    Oh Barb, Chris, Court.ney and all, I can hardly type for tears. You have lost a funny, smiling mainstay and it must be so painful. Holding you all in love and hugs
    Diane

  5. Dear Barb, knowing both of you was such fun. I still remember Rick’s yell across the street of “Yo, Adrian!” To his friend. Please know I am praying for all of you during this sad time. Rick left many, many friends and was such a kind man. ❤️🙏🏻

  6. My heart aches for Barb, Chris, Courtney and the family. Our zoom call after Christmas left me with so many fond and fun memories, and his death has left me in disbelief and saddened beyond words. Our prayers continue to be with each of you🙏💔 Jana & Dave Bradley

  7. We are sorry for your lost Barb. Rick was a great guy to know. Will miss him on The North fork. Maynard and Evelyn

  8. Clark & Linda Marshall

    My wife and I first met Rick and his family during one of our visits to Billings, and I instantly liked him. I particularly remember one Saturday when he shared a variety of his home brews, and while two were enough he said “you have to try this one … it’s made from pumpkins.” He was a great guy and a kind soul, and our thoughts are with his family at this time.

  9. Linda Christine Marshall

    The treasured memories of our friendship with Rick and his family continue to flood our minds and touch our souls. He was so much fun and cared so deeply for his family and friends. We, along with the Bradleys, Coopers and Buchers are incredibly grateful for that ZOOM call just before Christmas, laughing and caring for each other. With deep love for Barb, Courtney, Chris and their families.
    Linda Marshall

  10. Barb, Chris, Courtney – Sending love and peace your way in this time of loss. So many good memories of our time together in Montana! Rick was a great pal and the inspiration behind countless fun and unforgettable moments @ FUMC and at your house and ours. He was a true friend who made my life better. I’m looking forward to the time when we can share face-to-face tales of adventures and misadventures that Rick Clark brought our way… Blessings to you.

  11. Sending Peace, Love, and Healing to the entire family during this time of grieving. May all of your sweet memories keep the spirit of Rick and his love for you all close.

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