In Memory of

Jeremy Kale Clark-Fortsch

February 18, 1981 - November 16, 2022


Jeremy Kale Clark-Fortsch, 41, went to be with Jesus on Wednesday, November 16th, 2022.

Kale was born in Oklahoma City, OK to Gary Clark and Dereen Clark (Horne). In 1991 Kale was adopted by his dad Matthew Fortsch. Kale met the love of his life in December of 1998 and somehow won her over. On August 16th, 2003, Kale married Jessica Clark-Fortsch (Stephanek). Kale is the father of four amazing kids Kaleigh 22, Tanner 15, Jersey 15, and Charlee 5. Kale’s main goal in life was to provide for his family. Kale worked hard as a maintenance technician at Dogwood Energy for over a decade. Kale loved sports especially baseball and cornhole. Kale was preceded in death by his father Gary Clark; his grandparents Claudia Pierce, Charles Fortsch, Dorothy Fortsch, Roger Horne Sr, and Paul Hall, his aunts Luretta Murray, and Lynne Horne. Kale leaves behind his loving wife of 19 years Jessica Clark-Fortsch, his four children Kaleigh, Tanner, Jersey, and Charlee Clark-Fortsch. His mama Dereen Fortsch, dad Matthew Fortsch; his mother and father-in-law, Bob Stephanek, Brenda Stephanek; his two brothers David Fortsch (Stephanie, Faylynn, Alexander, Issabella, Torianne, Hudson), Brent Clark (Jennifer, Odin); his brother and sister-in-law Justin Stephanek and Kandus Stephanek (Jacob, Kadin); his grandparents Donna Horne, Gene Clark and Carol Hall; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Kale loves his God and faithfully served at LSF and Summit Park Church.

Services will be held at 6pm Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022 at Summit Park Church 425 SW Oldham Pkwy Lee’s Summit, MO.

The family would like to invite friends and family for visitation from 3pm to 5:30pm. Family also invites stories, memories, and prayers.


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We are praying for peace and healing for Jessica and the kids. Kale was a great man we are honored to call him not only our neighbor but also our friend. 💕💕💕

Kale and is family have friends for a number years. We can truly say we loved Kale and family.
He will be greatly missed but it helps during this time to know that we will see him again.
Jessica and family you are in our prayers. We love you all!

I Love you cousin and will miss hugging you at every family event! You were one of my favorites…. I Love you and will see you again one day. Hug Grandpa for us.

I was so blessed to get to know Kale through work because he was one of the few customers that became a true friend. All of our talks centered around how much he loved his family. My favorite memory was watching Kale and Swope play dodgeball with their sons at the Stronger Mens Conference last Spring. So much joy and love in the four of them. Praying for the family and healing for so many broken hearts. Love you and miss you Kale and look forward to seeing you when I make it home.

Jessica, I can’t begin to tell you and your family how sorry I am on the loss of your beloved husband. May he rest in peace and watch over you and your family.

Kale, cousin, we have so many great memories growing up, showing you and your brothers the beaches in Florida, floating down the Ichetucknee River and of course Disney World.
Prayers for Jessica and your family.
Gone too soon, you will be greatly missed.

Matt – I saw you in the office this week, but didn’t know about the untimely death of Kale. My condolences go out to you and your entire family. Kale was a fine young man and son.

Our Hearts and Prayers go out to you and your family. May God cover you with his Love and peace. Belinda Jones & Calderon Family

Jessica and family
You are being lifted in prayer.
May you find the loving arms of Jesus Christ wrapped around you as you walk through this horrible part of life’s journey.
Theresa Wulff

Matt & family – I am so very sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers. May God bring you all peace & comfort.

May love of God and family wrap their loving arms around this family in the loss of Kale at this time.

My heart and prayers go out to your entire family at this time of painful loss. As you spend this time with each other hold tight to the wonderful memories you’ve shared.

Dear Jessica and family,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers for all of you as you navigate through all of the changes that are ahead. May God fill your hearts with all of the memories of love that Kale had for each one of you. ~Kimber Ingle

To the family – Very sorry for your loss. Kale was a good man and I know he loved you all very much. Sending thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Take care of each other.

My deepest and most sincere condolences to all of you. Many prayers going up for all of the family. May God wrap his loving arms around all of you during this difficult time.

I wanted to offer my sincere condolences to you, Matt and Kale’s family. My prayers for peace in your time of sorrow.

Jessica, Kaleigh, Tanner, Jersey, Charlee, Dereen, Matt, Dave and Brent, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Kale, rest in peace buddy. You will always be in my heart. I love you

Matt and family,
I am so sorry for the passing of Kale. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers,

I am so sorry for the passing of Kale. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during these very difficult times.

We are sorry for your loss. Prayers go out to you and your family for piece. Love you!

I am sorry to hear this. I had planned on coming this evening and my daughter came home having ran a fever at school. It sad enough times . Do not want to spread any germs . Know I have you all in my prayers .

Jessica and family so very sorry for this huge loss
Praying for you that God’s presence will be around you and bring peace and healing to your broken hearts

Our deepest condolences for you and your family. Wishing we could all be with you during these difficult times. Sending our love and prayers from Oregon! Love you!

Jessica, May loving memories of Kale ease your loss and bring you comfort. We are thinking of you and the kids. Kale ‘s love for you and the kids was something I always noticed , respected and admired . I am so sorry for your loss.

I worked with Kale at JCI – lots of laughs were shared and our work family even went out a couple times together. Kale was kind, outgoing, and never hesitated to help someone in need.

I just found out about this tragedy and my heart aches for the entire family and all of his friends. Matt, my prayers are with you and Dereen as I cannot imagine how you are coping with your loss. I pray that God continues to wrap his arms around you all and Kale’s wife and his little family.

Godspeed, my friend.


Tuesday, November 22, 2022
3:00 - 5:30
Summit Park Church
425 SW Oldham Pky
Lee's Summit Mo. 64063


Tuesday, November 22, 2022
6:00 PM
Summit Park Church
425 SW Oldham Pky
Lee's Summit, Mo. 64063