In loving memory of

Francis Elmer Clark
November 23, 1931 - October 4, 2021

Francis Elmer, son of James and Etta A. (Stepanek) Clark, was born November 23, 1931, in rural Dow City, Iowa. He was the last of eight living children. Francis was educated at Boyer Township #6 grade school and Dunlap High School. He graduated from Dunlap High School in 1949.

Francis farmed his entire life, raising livestock and producing grains. Stewardship of the land was very important to him. On January 14, 1967, Francis was united in marriage with Faye Hulsebus Lilleholm at the United Methodist Church in Denison. Francis and Faye farmed southeast of Denison. In 1987, Francis retired and they moved into Denison. Francis enjoyed traveling, seeing the country and visiting family, especially spending time with grandkids and great grandkids. Faye passed away in 2013, and Francis lived independently for several years after that at his residence in Denison. In January, 2021, he became a resident of the Denison Care Center, where he passed away on Monday, October 4, 2021.

Francis was an avid reader of newspapers and magazines, particularly anything agriculturally-related. For several years, he served on the Denison School Board. He liked listening to polka music and enjoyed the retirement coffee crew and his luncheon buddies at Ampride. He was a great father figure and grandfather. Everyone in the family loved to listen to his stories, his wisdom, and his reasoned advice.

Francis is survived by his son Jerry Lilleholm and wife Lois of Ames; three grandchildren: Kelly Lilleholm, Eric Lilleholm and wife Francisca, and Courtney Lilleholm, all of Lincoln, Nebraska; five great-grandchildren: Jordan Harre, Alyssa Lilleholm, Madisyn Wheeler, Jeffrey Lilleholm and Luella Lilleholm; and by nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Faye Clark; seven siblings: Russell Clark, James Clark, Don Clark, Helen Begg, Marion Robertson, Richard Clark and Louis Clark; and a nephew Wayne Robertson.

Visitation is 5 PM to 7 PM on Friday, October 8, 2021, at Huebner Funeral Home in Denison. Funeral service is 10:30 AM on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at Huebner Funeral Home in Denison, with burial in Crawford Heights Memorial Garden. Memorials may be directed to the family.


Steve and Lisa Steele wrote on Oct 11, 2021:

"Steve and I were sorry to hear of the loss of your dad, Jerry and your grandfather, Kelly, Eric and Courtney. Please know that you are all in our thoughts."

Simone wrote on Oct 7, 2021:

"Francis and Faye were our neighbors for years and the sweetest people. My condolences to you. He was an amazing man. Sending you blessings "

Cecelia Thelen wrote on Oct 7, 2021:

"Jerry sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family! Always enjoyed visiting with your mother and father. Cecelia Gallagher Thelen "

Herman and Nancy (Stepanek) Rosburg - Charter Oak wrote on Oct 5, 2021:

"Francis was my last first cousin in the Stepanek family. It's just me now! I knew that his health was failing when he left his home earlier this year, but did not expect the end of his life to happen so soon. Herman and I send our sympathy to Jerry & Lois as well as the rest of the Clark family. Francis will be missed."