Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

February 6, 2013

Clark John Johns, Sr.

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

LOCKPORT — Born March 11, 1923 in Town of Farmersville, NY, younger child of Harold and Dora Thurza (Stanbro) Johns. Following the death of his mother, he spent his early years with grandparents in Machias, NY. His growing-up years were with his re-married father and new mother, Ruth W. Bement, in Kenmore, NY, where he graduated from high school in 1941.

He served in the United States Army from December 1942 to February 1946, as an Anti-      Aircraft Artillery Instructor, attaining the rank of Sergeant.

He married his high-school sweetheart, Shirley M. Farr, December 17, 1943. They raised three children together and remained married ever since.

His working experience was varied, major ones being farming, construction and the postal service. He retired from the United States Postal Service on May 4, 1985, with over 30 years of service, the last 12 as Postmaster in Lockport, NY.

He served on the Starpoint Central School Board of Education from 1962-1975, including two terms as President, and on the Orleans-Niagara BOCES from 1979 to 1984, including two terms as President. He served on the Town of Cambria Zoning Appeals Board from 1991 through 1997, the last five years as Chairman.

He was predeceased by his sister, Elnora (Johns) Dutcher; his son, Clark Jr.; and grandson, Nathaniel J. Sopiak.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years; two daughters, Margaret (Daniel) Brown of Newfane, NY and Maryanne (J. Timothy) Sopiak of Burt, NY; also a daughter-in-law, Judy (Farmer) Johns of Woodlawn, TN; ten grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

There will be no visitation. A Celebration of Remembrance will be announced at a later date. Memorials may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Research c/o Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY, 14263; or First Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 66, Newfane, NY 14108.  

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