CLARK, Merrill W.

Date of birth: 24 Jul 1918 Bartholomew County, Indiana

Date of death: 5 Oct 1992 Trafalgar, Johnson County, Indiana

Source: Franklin Daily Journal, Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana, October 6, 1992

Former manager at Farm Credit Services dies
      The manager of the former Johnson County 
Production Credit Association in Franklin, now 
known as Farm Credit Services, has died at age 74.
      Merrill W. Clark was manager of the former 
Johnson County Production Credit in Franklin 
for more than 25 years, retiring Aug. 1, 1983.  
He had been a farmer in the Nineveh area all of 
his life. 
     "He always had a genuine concern for farmers," 
said Tom Dougherty, who worked for Clark for 
five years at Farm Credit Services.  "He took 
their lives personally so their concerns were his 
concerns."
      "In the 25 years that he was manager, he took 
care of first and second generation farmers," 
Dougherty said.  "He was in a position to help a 
lot of people."
      Clark was also helpful to other Johnson County 
residents.  He helped to organize Nineveh Township 
Fire District and served on the fire department for 
23 years and was past president of the Fire Depart-
ment trustees. 
      He also was the Johnson County Soil and Water 
Conservation District representative to the Johnson 
County Park Department.  "Merrill had a tremendous 
amount of energy," said Kim Wininger, Johnson 
County Park Department superintendent.  "He was 
dedicated to education.  He worked hard to expand 
education in Johnson County schools.  Tree planting 
and outdoor education were his creed."
      "Through Merrill's efforts, Johnson County fifth-
graders received pine seedlings every year to plant in 
their own yards.  Many thousands of trees were started 
because of Merrill Clark and the Johnson County SWCD's 
efforts.  He wanted to help people understand the 
importance of clean air and dirt," Wininger said.  
      Clark died Monday at his residence in Trafalgar, 
where he lived most of his life.
      He was born July 24, 1918, in Bartholomew 
County.  His parents were Wilbur Clark and Cora 
(Coy) Clark.  He married Doris L. Park Nov. 11, 
1939, in Nineveh.  She survives.  Other survivors 
include two sons, Richard L. Clark of Nineveh 
and Robert D. Clark of Indianapolis; a sister, 
Marjorie Mahoney of Bargersville; a brother, 
Maurice Clark of Trafalgar; five grandchildren 
and five great-grandchildren.  He was preceded 
in death by a sister, Beulah Dinn, on Aug. 8, 1987.
      He also had been a member of Nineveh Christian 
Church, where he had served as an elder and taught 
an adult Sunday school class and was a former trustee.  
He was a member of Nineveh Masonic Lodge 317, 
associate supervisor of the Johnson County Soil and 
Water Conservation District, president of Johnson 
County Extension Board and was a past director of 
Johnson County REMC for 18 years.
      He was a Navy veteran of World War II.
      The Rev. Larry D. Scott will conduct a service 
at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Nineveh Christian Church.  
Friends may call after 2 p.m. today at Vandivier-Tudor 
Funeral Home in Franklin and one hour prior to the 
service Wednesday at the church.  Franklin American 
Legion Post 205 will conduct graveside rites at Nineveh 
Cemetery. 
      Memorial contributions may be made to Nineveh 
Christian Church Memorial fund, P.O. Box 32, Nineveh, 
Ind. 46164.

Submitted by Mark E. Wirey

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