Dr. James I. Clark, 94

Dr. James I. Clark, 94, of Aetna Township and formerly of Fennville, father, community physician, entrepreneur and World War II veteran, passed from this earth on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.
James was born Sept. 3, 1920, to Casper and Nina (Long) Clark, in what is now Taylor. His mother died early in James's life from tuberculosis and he spent his childhood in many places with his father, sister and other relatives.
During World War II, James served in the U.S. Army as a medic, treating many wounded soldiers in the Battle of the Bulge. He himself was wounded there and was awarded the Purple Heart for his service.
In 1947, James married Shirley Dodge and the couple spent the next 59 years together until her death in 2006.
He earned a bachelors degree at Michigan State University and graduated from University of Michigan Medical School, subsequently serving as town physician for Fennville for a decade and then specializing in pathology for the rest of his professional career. In the early 1970s, James went on to establish and operate a medical laboratory, Medical Pathfinders Inc., which serviced numerous hospitals in Michigan.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Shirley; his son Richard; sister Helen; and great-grandson Nolan.  
He is survived by Rick's wife Patti; five sons, Brian (wife LaVonne), Mike (fiancé Debbie Hesling), Terry (wife Jody), Jim (wife Linda) and Bob (wife Karen); and his daughter Becca (husband Jeff Franks). Additionally, he was blessed to live to welcome 23 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
James's cremated remains will be interred at Fort Custer National Cemetery at a date later this year alongside those of his beloved wife, Shirley.  
Visitation will be Saturday, March 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Fennville United Methodist Church, 5849 M-89, in Fennville, followed by a brief memory-sharing service.


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