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Rev. Roy Clark

Obituary for Rev. Roy Clark

July 3, 1929 - August 30, 2020
Grand Rapids, Michigan | Age 91


Rev. Roy James Clark, 91, entered the gates of Heaven on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at Rest Haven Home in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Roy Clark was born on July 3, 1929 in Buffalo, New York to his late parents James W. and Ethel Clark. He is the oldest of four sons and is survived by brothers Richard (Jean) Clark, Tonawanda, New York; James (JoAnn) Clark, Deltona, Florida; Gerald (Nedra) Clark, Charlotte, North Carolina.

After graduating from Bennett High School in Buffalo, New York he attended Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. Following his life-long call to ministry, Roy enrolled at Grace Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana and graduated in 1955.

Roy married his college sweetheart, Virginia Maxine Lykens, on June 20, 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania. They were married for 27 years – until Maxine passed away at the age of 50 on October 23, 1979.

Roy and Maxine had three sons and are survived by: James (Teresa) Clark, Cedarville, Ohio; Ronald (Diane) Clark, Manchester, Michigan; David (Susan) Clark, Medina, Ohio.

Roy and Gloria Kaddatz fell in love and were married on August 8, 1981 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Roy is survived by Gloria and her three daughters – Lori Whitman (Ft. Wayne, Indiana); Karen Kaddatz-Aho (Grand Rapids, Michigan), Julie (Tim) Murdock (Ft. Wayne, Indiana). A very special blended family had been formed…and now Roy and Gloria have been blessed with 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

A faithful servant of God, Pastor Clark served in ministry for over 60 years. He pastored churches in Russiaville, Indiana (1952-53); Cleveland, Ohio (1956-74); Ft. Wayne, Indiana (1974-81); Kalamazoo, Michigan (1981-93). In 1993, he began a much-needed ministry of interim pastorates which took him to Watervliet, Michigan (1993-94); North Royalton, Ohio (1995); Temperance, Michigan (1996-99); Grandville, Michigan (2000); Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates (2001); Grand Rapids, Michigan (2002); Holland, Michigan (2003).

From 2013 to 2016, Pastor Clark worked with Radio Bible Class Ministries in church ministry followed by Marketplace Chaplaincy with RBC in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He completed a long life of ministry by serving with the Timothy Network of the TEAM missionary organization.

Pastor Clark was humbly privileged to also serve on the boards of the Cleveland Hebrew Mission for 35 years and Cornerstone University for 37 years. He was the founding pastor of two Christian schools – Baptist Christian in Cleveland, Ohio and Immanuel Christian in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

The life of this dedicated servant of God can be characterized by Galatians 5:22-23 which lists the fruit of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Roy's priorities in life were his deep and passionate love for God and the Gospel, his family, books, serving people and following the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. A true legacy left behind are the efforts of his genealogical study of the Clark family that required countless hours of research, letter writing and travel.

The funeral service will be held at Calvary Church, 707 East Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49525, on Thursday, September 3 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. also at the church.

Interment will be at Fairplains Cemetery, 2056 Diamond Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49505.

Due to COVID-19, masks are required at the visitation, the funeral service, and interment.

Memorial gifts may be sent to Rest Haven Home, 1424 Union Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49505.

For more information, please contact: Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 East 16th Street, Holland, Michigan, 49423 or at

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