Frank E. Clark

Frank E. Clark


Frank E. Clark, 91, of Ames, Iowa passed away at Green Hills Health Care Center on Feb. 3, 2024.

Visitation will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, at Green Hills Retirement Community, with service to follow at 5:30 p.m.  A private family burial will take place at a later date.

Frank was born Oct. 16, 1932, in Des Moines, Iowa.  After graduating from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, he attended Iowa State University from 1950 to 1954.  He graduated with a degree in Farm Operations followed by service in a U.S. Army artillery unit in Germany from 1954 to 1956.  When he left the service, he began working for a farm operation in northern Iowa where he met his future wife, Dorothy Stenseth. They married in June of 1963, began their family, and embarked on a future in farming.  After a 50-year partnership, Frank lost Dorothy in 2015.

In addition to farming, he owned and operated Ventura Grain and Feed in Ventura.  Because of his enterprising spirit, Frank was always looking for a better way to do things.  He partnered with two operators over the years, with the current partnership having lasted 30 years.  Improvements to the land, minimization of agricultural chemicals, and clean water were a few of his interests.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lyman and Elizabeth Clark; his brother, Pat Clark; his sister, JoAnn Moret; and his grandson, Jesse Peck.

He is survived by his children, Tanya Anderson (Brian), Jeff Clark (Monica), Carol Clark (Janey), Linda Alongi (Tony), Amy Ellgren (Todd); his grandchildren, Laurie Fife, Taylor Heitzman, Courtney Schulte, Morgan Smith, Claire Eilert, Brady Clark, Marshall Clark, Meredith Alongi, Franklin Alongi, Connor Peck, Drake Ellgren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Green Hills Employee Appreciation Fund, 2205 Green Hills Drive, Ames, IA 50014.

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