Charlie, 59, of Le Mars, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2009 at Beatrice, Neb.
Charles Robert Clark was born on April 18, 1950 at Spencer, to Robert and Erma (Garoutte) Clark. He attended Royal High School, graduating in 1968. Charlie continued his education at Westmar College in Le Mars. He played football for Westmar College and excelled as a running back. Charlie earned a degree in education and used his degree to teach high school industrial arts at Royal. Along with teaching, Charlie's interest in sports led him to also coach track, football and junior high basketball. Charlie served in the Iowa Army National Guard as a Sergeant with Battery A, 1st Battalion 194FA. In 1976 Charlie married Vicki Schoer in Spencer. In1983, Charlie's son Justin was born.
Charlie was the rockin' drummer for "The Senders", a rock and roll band that played in venues across Iowa and the Midwest in the late 1960s and 1970s. In 2005, Charlie was inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
During his college years he worked at the Phillips 66 gas station in Le Mars. After teaching in Royal for four years, Charlie took a position with Arnold Motor Supply in Spencer. In 1978 he built and managed Arnold Motor Supply in Le Mars. Eventually, Charlie's love for fabricating and engineering led him to the formation of Bruns Clark Machine in Sioux City, in 1982. He later expanded to Le Mars in 1984 with Clark Engineered Machine, where his greatest joy was to dyno the engines he built. In 1990 Charlie married Charlotte Rupp in Le Mars. Together they operated the machine shop. From 2000 to 2005 they ran Harris Racing in Le Mars, building high-end race cars and manufacturing exclusive racing products. Charlie engineered many of the racing parts himself.
Charlie was a champion race car driver. He raced his beloved number 22 car at tracks throughout the Midwest and won dozens of races and trophies.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; and mother-in-law, Delores Rupp.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Charlotte Clark of Le Mars; and his son, Justin Clark and his fiancÚ, Rachel Ward of Le Mars.
Stories, memories and expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.