Clark L. Hargus, 81, Lee’s Summit, Mo., passed away February 13, 2015. Clark was born in Detroit, Mich., on Sept. 20, 1933, to Clark and Opal Hargus. Clark was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Michael Allen, and sister, Henri Anne Smith. Survivors include his wife, Julia, six children, Tim (Stacy) Hargus, Bob (Michelle) Hargus, Lonnie, Bill, Tom and Luan Hargus, his brother, Lynn (Sharon) Hargus, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended family. He will be missed by family and friends, and remembered for his compassionate heart and dry sense of humor.
Clark graduated from Potosi High School in 1951. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Culver Stockton College in 1959, and then received a Master of Divinity degree from Missouri School of Religion in 1963. He was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1963. He also had dual standing with United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, and United Presbyterian Church. He received an honorary doctorate degree from Missouri School of Religion in 1980.
From 1963 to 1980, Clark was pastor of Macon County Larger Parish, New Cambria, Mo., The Christian Church, Richmond, Mo., and Community Christian Church, Camdenton, Mo. Clark served seven Intentional Interim Pastorates with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Missouri from 1980 to 1987. He was then Director of Program Development for Missouri School of Religion in Jefferson City, Mo., from 1987 to 1990. From 1990 until his retirement in 1999, Clark served several more interim ministry positions in the St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo., areas.
Clark married Julia Ann Haley on June 16, 1988, and the couple most recently resided in Lee’s Summit. He was a member of Lee’s Summit Christian Church. During Clark’s ministry, he led congregations in evangelism, resolving church conflict, and stewardship. Clark received several ministerial awards, and had several articles published regarding interim ministry. His interests included woodcarving, politics, history and public speaking.
Visitation will be at 12 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Lee’s Summit Christian Church, 800 NE Tudor Rd., Lee’s Summit, MO 64086, followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Lee’s Summit Christian Church.
Arr.: Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW Third St., Lee’s Summit, MO 64063 (816) 524-3700.
Published in Kansas City Star on Feb. 22, 2015