James Clark Havenor

James Clark Havenor died peacefully May 1, 2018 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in the gentle care of Visiting Nurses Hospice.  Clark was a sweet soul with a loving family, and is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ann, his children, Warren and Debra, and their families.  Other survivors include his sister, Jan, and her family, and many friends.

Clark was born Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 1933, to Harold and Elsie Havenor in Moberly, Missouri.  He enjoyed an idyllic childhood riding his bike and being with his friend Jack and the Palmer kids next door.  He grew up to be a proud graduate of Moberly High School, Moberly Junior College, and the University of Missouri.  Following service in the U.S. Army, Clark began a 30-year career with the Social Security Administration in Kansas City, MO and Ottawa, KS, among others.  Dad was proud as a retiree to have worked as a driver for area social service agencies.

Dad’s great passions in life were classical music, particularly opera, and the railroads in our country.  He possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of both of these topics.  Dad was so devoted to his family, both near and far, and was committed to his church and faith.  We will miss his gentle humor and his smile, but we will see him again. His motto would be: Love your family, love God, and always take the road that goes by the railroad tracks.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the First Baptist Church in Lawrence. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, at the church.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church or the Lawrence Humane Society, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory, P.O. Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Kay & Ed Grey...

We always enjoyed seeing Clark at our Topeka NRHS meetings and hearing about the train trips he and Ann took. We will always remember his smile and his railroad knowledge! What a great guy!

From Debbie Filkins...

Ann and family. It was a joy to get to know Clark after they moved in behind us. That was one thing I missed when I moved was his encyclopedia knowledge. Thoughts and prayers to you all in these coming days.

From Roberta Wirth and Douglas McCandless...

Dear Ann, Debra and Warren. Mac and I will miss our over thirty years of celebrating wedding anniversaries together wih Clark and Ann. We will also remember his hats, his cigars, and his cat with two names. He and Roberta worked together and her husband , Mac, shared Clark’s love of railroads and will miss sharing those railroad exploration adventures with Clark and Ann. He will be missed. We are sorry for your loss.

From David A. Lee...

Janice and I send our profound condolences to Ann, Warren, Debra and all the spouses, grand-children and Jan and the other relatives. I bitterly regret my failure to see him in recent months and ask the family’s forgiveness. Clark was a serious and selfless Christian, a terrific musician, a tireless fan of the Missouri Tigers, profoundly humble in spirit, and devoutly in love with his beautiful family. Now he belongs to the Communion of The Saints. Christ be with him, as I am sure He is.

From John Jones...

Clark brightened my life in many ways. I will miss his humorous comments and his funny email notes, and will continue to appreciate his dedication to his family, his country, and our Lord. He sang with accuracy and enthusiasm, and shared this gift faithfully with his fellow worshipers. I’m looking forward to singing with him again in another venue. Well done Clark!

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