Edwin Fred Clark, age 72, of Billings formerly of Brusett, Montana passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, Thursday, April 27, 2023 at his home in Billings.
Edwin was born on December 21, 1950 in Jordan, Montana the first child born to Ralph Edwin & Cora “Kay” (Nordahl) Clark. Edwin graduated from Garfield County High School in 1969. He joined the Navy where he served on the U.S.S. Tuscaloosa LST from 1970 to 1974. In 1972 he married Janet Leeper from Bremen, IN. They had two children, Casey and Dawn. After his discharge from the service, Edwin and Janet joined the family on the ranch. He was a talented welder which led him to owning a welding/fabrication shop while on the ranch as well as in Laurel and Billings.
After retirement, Edwin and Janet spent their winter months in Surprise, Arizona. Edwin enjoyed art in many forms, including stippling, painting, pen and ink drawings, wood carving and burning as well as doing leather work with his great friend Dave West. He also enjoyed family cam trips, and his favorite dogs Gidget, Gracie and Lucy. Edwin will always be remembered for his many stories and expressions. He could visit with anyone, no matter the age or location.
Edwin is survived by his wife Janet of Billings, MT, son Casey (Jill Hellyer) of Sidney, MT daughter Dawn (Lee Schuster) of Billings, grandson Brigham (Jocelyn) Jessen and granddaughter Raean (Trent Lien) Jessen, two sisters: Kathy (Kenny) South and Denise (Alvin) Rich, brothers and sisters-in-law: Sherrie Leeper, Gene (Phyllis) Leeper, Sharon (Gary) Eads, David (Kay) Leeper and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Judy, mother and father-in-law Helen and Herbert Leeper, brother-in-law Deane Leeper, great nieces and nephews: Kortni South, Trent Schreiber, Cora Beth Meckel, Joshua Eads, Josh Schlosser and Lance Leeper.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at The VFW Hall in Jordan, Montana. Burial will be at a later date in the Nordahl Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
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Myron. & Mary Beth Kibler says
Janet, Dawn, Casey as well as your entire family,
Our hearts just break right now. Edwin was such a dear friend..we sure just have a lot of family closeness, so many memories. May God wrap his arms around all of you and his many friends as we all come to grips with our loss and heaven’s gain. RIP my friend.
Linda Estes says
To Edwin’s family : So sad to hear about Edwin. He was such a talented man. May you find comfort in the memories you all made. Be proud of his service to our country and to mankind.
Karen Barnes says
Janet and all of Edwin’s family – My condolences for your loss. May all your good memories be a comfort to you at this time. God Bless all.
Curt & Darci Wiley says
Condolences on the loss of your dad. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Jo Ryan says
Edwin’s Family, My sincere Condolences to you all. I went to school at Blackfoot when I was in the first grade and Edwin was in the 5th. He always called me Goldilocks. It used to make me mad. Now how I wished I had golden hair! Edwin had lots of talent and a good family. Treasure the memories.
Connie Blonigen says
Janet and family my sincere condolences to you in the loss of Edwin.
Ginger and Arnie Weber says
Sending our love and prayers to Edwin’s family!
So sorry for your loss Janet, Dawn, Casey, Kathy and Denise. Sending our condolences to you all. Love Ginger and Arnie
Terry and Deanna Murnion says
Janet and family, We are so sorry to hear about Edwin. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Randall Mothershead says
Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers
Thinking of you hold on to those memories
Mary Ellen Ryan says
Janet and family my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. He will always be in our heart.
Judy Elliott says
So sorry to hear about Edwin, when I think of him, I think of kindness ♥️. He was always nice to me even when I was an annoying little kid. Jessie and Jenna only got to meet him once and they both thought he was a great guy. Our thoughts are with you all 🌷
Bill/Madonna Ryan says
We are sorry to hear of his passing, he was a joy to visit with our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, he will be missed
Marilyn Reed says
Janet and family
I am so sorry for your loss. I always liked talking to him when he came to Bremen. He was a super nice guy. May God comfort, give you peace and strength.
Sheila Johnson says
Janet and family
Robert and I are so sorry to hear about Edwin. But so happy we had the opportunity to visit you guys last winter. Condolences to you and your family.
Linda Pierce says
Ed and I had fun together at the Tiki Bar. Ed can make anyone laugh. He called me his girlfriend and I called him my boyfriend teasingly. My husband just laughed. He made us a beautiful picture of our dog Talli which he burned her picture into wood. He will be so very missed. Hugs to Janet!
Phil and Darlene Shawver says
Condolences and Prayers for all of Edwin’s family . He will be missed by all who knew him .Hold on to all of your memories . May you find Comfort in Gods Love, Sending love, hugs,prayers,and Gods Blessings for all of you
Kathryn Gangner (Kathy Montgomery) says
I am so sorry to hear this news. What a loss of a wonderful man who had amazing strength and a heart as big as the moon. My heart goes out to all of Edwin’s family and dear friends. May God’s care help you through this hard time.
Kistia Johnson-Golie says
Janet, Casey, Jill, Dawn and family, I am so sorry to hear this news. My condolences many prayers, hugs and much love to you all during this difficult time.
Paula & Jennifer Kendall, Don Soales & Lee Ann Pedolzky says
We are so sorry for your loss. Dad is just sad that he didn’t make it back out there to see you all again. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Jennifer and dad take about the summer that they came out and how much fun it was. We just watched some old movies of when Lee Ann & I were little . We went out on the pontoon and Lee Ann fell asleep on the front rail of the pontoon only her. Just remember all the fun times you had together.
David Rowland Gibson says
Janet, Casey, Dawn and all of Edwins family
Edwin will be missed his winning smile and great personality was always a face of kindness!
Kaylee Kleinsasser says
Janet and family, I’m so sorry for your loss and I’m grateful for Edwin’s service. I always enjoyed visiting with Edwin (and Janet) when in clinic. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
John and Lillian Loomis says
Janet,Casey,Dawn,Kathy and Denise and family We are so very sorry for your loss! Sending hugs and Prayers your way!
Donald John and Alice Cameron says
Janet and Family, Oh wow when I look back and think of all the memories —–especially the BS sessions with Edwin.
He was 1 of a kind that is for sure. He will be missed by so many friends and family. I am sitting here remembering when he and his Dad showed up 1 morning. They stayed and visited all day and we sure enjoyed them. It doesn’t seem like anyone takes the time to do that anymore. Hope you can hang on to all the good memories and remember them always.
Roxie Saylor says
Condolences to all of Edwins family.We where saddened to hear of his passing.We always enjoyed the visits and good laughs.Edwin was a great neighbor in the country always the first one there to help you.We will miss you and the visits.RIP our friend.
Hans Witt says
Thoughts and prayers to family. A fond memory I have of Edwin was going on camping /fishing/ pack trip down the Blackfoot . Edwin taught me how to use a pack horse when i was kid, an experience i put to good use many times later, packing out elk.
Cathy Byron says
Janet and family –
The news of Edwin’s passing was a shock. We enjoyed a long visit during the Jordan Centennial. It felt like the years rolled away and the vivid tales from yesteryear sparkled with a tantalizing freshness. I’m saddened that he has left us, but know that he is reaping a great reward for all he deposited on this earth. Embrace the memories. That’s where the healing lies. My heart and prayers are with all of you in the days ahead.