Robert G. (Bob) Clark
Bob Clark, 88, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away peacefully on January 9 at Carondelet Manor in Kansas City. Bob was born on July 1, 1928 in Kansas City to Ruben Gaines Clark and Celia Gertrude (Smith) Clark. He attended East High School as well as the Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He worked as a Program Planner for the Bendix Corporation (now Honeywell) for 38 years at the complex on Bannister Road.
Audiences enjoyed hearing the sweet sounds of Bob’s tenor saxophone for many years in and around Kansas City. He began playing music professionally during his senior year at East High School, and after graduation went on the road with a touring band. Among the local bands he played with over the years were the Don Accurso Orchestra, Jimmy Tucker Big Band, and Jim Buckley Quartet. He also worked with national figures such as Henry Mancini, Andy Williams, Perry Como and Jack Benny. Bob was equally adept at the clarinet and made Dixieland his specialty with that instrument, particularly with the Storyville Seven that played many years at the Levee in Kansas City. He was a proud member of the Kansas City Federation of Musicians, Local 34-627, for many years.
Bob was crazy about golf and spent much time at Blue River Golf Course and Minor Park Golf Course. He made up for a lack of distance with a killer short game which typically won him the bets with his buddies. In later years he worked as the Minor Park driving range marshal which he enjoyed very much. Bob was also an avid chess player and spent many hours playing the game, first with his son and later on his granddaughter.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Frances Marlin; and his brother, Henry Eugene Clark. Survivors include daughter, Cheryl Clark, of Los Angeles, Calif.; daughter, Catherine Gaines and husband, Carlo Salsedo, of Boca Raton, Fla.; son, Kevin Clark and wife, Terry, of Kansas City, Mo.; granddaughter, Mimi Page Robbins and husband, Jason Robbins, of Burbank, Calif.; grandson, Kyle Clark, of Kansas City, Mo.; niece, Sharon Manzo and husband, Joseph Manzo, of Athens, W.V.; and many other beloved relatives.
A celebration of Bob’s life will be held on Saturday, February 18, at Red Bridge United Methodist Church, 117 Street and Holmes Road in Kansas City. Visitation will be at 2:00 p.m. followed by the celebration at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Harmony Project KC (www.harmonyprojectkc.org) or the American Junior Golf Association (www.ajga.org).