Roy William "Bill" Cliffman

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Roy William "Bill" Cliffman, 84, Nevada, passed away on Monday, May 11, 2009, at Medicalodge in Nevada following a sudden illness. He was born May 23, 1924, in Bronaugh, to Oliver Clinton Cliffman and Ruby Couch Cliffman. He married Hazel Lee Fletcher on Feb. 20, 1949, in Nevada, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 16, 1994.

Bill was born and reared in this area and spent most all of his life here. He graduated from Bronaugh High School in 1942. Bill served in the United States Army during World War II in the Normandy and German Campaigns. He served in General Patton's third Army, 115th Infantry, 29th Division as a rifleman. Bill was wounded on Oct. 9, 1944, in Aachen, Germany and was entitled to a purple heart. He was later recommended for a good conduct ribbon; Europe, Africa, and Middle East theatre ribbons and three bronze campaign stars. He was later given the State of Missouri Award for Patriotic Service from the American Legion. Following his time in the service, he returned to this area and made his living in farming and selling garden produce. He was known for the good watermelons that he raised. Bill was an avid coon hunter and loved telling his hunting stories. He was a member of the Bronaugh Christian Church.

Survivors include two sons, William Ray Cliffman and his wife Delores, Bronaugh, and Steve Cliffman and his wife Nancy, Fort Scott; six grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, May 14, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with Bob Dickey officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Worsley Cemetery at Bronaugh. Friends may call now and until the hour of service and the family receives friends from 7-8 p.m., tomorrow.

Memorials may be given to the Worsley Cemetery Association in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

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