Iowa Man Died in Weekend Tornado, Protecting His Wife
As Saturday's EF-4 tornado beared down on Winterset, Iowa, a man's ultimate show of love saved his wife's life.
Judy and Rodney Clark's home on Carver Road in Winterset didn't have a basement, so as the storm neared, they climbed into the bathtub. Rodney put his wife on the bottom and he laid on top of her for protection. He helped save Judy, but unfortunately, he wasn't so lucky.
KCCI reports the couple was found in the debris, by a neighbor. They were approximately 100 yards from their home that had been completely destroyed. A home they had shared for the last two decades. Judy wants to rebuild.
Clark's son-in-law Rhys Pate spoke to KCCI:
A GoFundMe has been set up for Judy Clark. It has already raised more than $8,600 of the $10,000 goal.
All seven people who died in Saturday's severe weather outbreak in Iowa have now been identified. According to KCCI, all six people who died in the Winterset area were killed within a quarter-mile area.
Those killed in the Winterset area, via the Des Moines Register:
- 63-year-old Melissa Bazley
- 37-year-old Michael Bolger (son-in-law of Melissa Bazley)
- 5-year-old Kinlee Bolger (child of Michael Bolger)
- 2-year-old Owen Bolger (child of Michael Bolger)
- 64-year-old Rodney Clark
- 72-year-old Cecilia Lloyd
According to KTVO, 40-year-old Jesse Fisher of Chariton was killed in Red Haw State Park in Chariton on Saturday. On Monday, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources announced the park is closed until further notice due to extensive damage.