Joe was born Jan. 18, 1938, the son of Bill and Ruth (Hixenbaugh) Clark in Centerville. He grew up in Plano and graduated from Centerville High School. He married Judith Katherine Butkovich July 30, 1959 in Camanche. She preceded him in death on Jan. 30, 1982. Joe was in the US National Guard for over 12 years. He worked for Mitchell and Chebuhar several years before going to work for Appanoose County driving a rock truck. Joe enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and was an avid NASCAR fan.
He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.