Robert “Bob” Clark, 74, of Abbotsford, Wisconsin died Saturday, March 3rd at Aspirus Care and Rehab Center in Medford.
Bob was born June 20, 1943 in Mauston, Wisconsin to the late Malcolm and Elizabeth Clark. In 1961, at the age of 18, Bob went to live and work on the farm of Fred and Emilie Mantik near Milan Wisconsin. In 1968 the farm was sold to Jerry and Carol Mantik, where Bob continued to live and was part of the family for the next 50 years.
Bob milked cows and helped with daily farm chores until the cows were sold in October 2001, at which time he retired from his farm duties and eventually started attending classes three days a week in Wausau at the North Central Health Care Adult Day Services. In his younger years, Bob was a member of the Hillcrest Dairy bowling and softball teams, where he competed very well! A day's work on the farm would rarely keep him from riding his bicycle the 3 miles from the farm to Milan nearly every summer evening to watch little league, junior league, and men’s and women’s softball games. Bob also enjoyed going to local high school sporting events, was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, and loved being around family activities.
Bob will be missed by Carol Mantik and her children, Terry, Rocky, Peggy, Pam, Penny, Gloria and Kim and all the grandchildren.
Bob is survived by, and will also be missed by, his sisters Sharon (Joseph) Ives of Briggsville, WI; June (Alden) Fessey of Wonewoc, WI; a brother, James Clark of Wonewoc, WI; a nephew, Joseph (Kelly) Fessey; a niece, Rita Fessey; and great nephews; Aiden, Shawn and Keegan of Mauston, WI.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Malcolm and Elizabeth Clark, a sister, Clara Clark, and Jerald Mantik.
A memorial service and celebration of Bob’s life with close family and friends was held on Saturday, March 10th at First Baptist Church in Medford.