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Mr. Raymond L. “Ray”
Clifford, 84, formerly of Fayetteville, North Carolina, passed away peacefully
amongst his loved ones at 3:45 a.m., Saturday, November 16, 2019 in Galesburg.
Ray was born March 3, 1935 in
Akron, Ohio to Mr, William L. and Marguerite (Brown) Clifford. He married the
love of his life, Betty I. Magner, on August 7, 1974. She preceded him in death
February 1, 2016.
He is survived by his son
William “Bill” (Jennifer) Clifford of Galesburg, two sisters Shirley McCartney
of Akron, Ohio and Marjoreen Long of Canton, Ohio, five grandchildren Matthew
VanWinkle, Andrew VanWinkle, Amber (Sean) Hatfield, Emilie Clifford and Leah
Clifford, and four great-grandchildren Jude, Leah, Jocelynn and Jaydenn.
He is preceded in death by
his parents, his wife Betty Clifford, and three brothers Robert Clifford,
Harold Clifford, and Carl Clifford.
Ray was raised and educated
in Akron, Ohio; graduating from Akron Central Senior High School in 1953. After
high school, he received Associates in Applies Science in Criminal Justice from
Fayetteville Technical Institute of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Ray retired
from United States Air Force in September 1970 as Technical Sergeant. His service took him around the world,
including the wars in Korea and Vietnam.
Of particular note, after performing emergency repairs on an “unrepairable”
Air Force One in Vietnam, he received an Air Force Commendation Medal and
orders to the 89th Military Airlift Wing at Andrews AFB for the maintenance
team for Air Force One and other special mission aircraft. Ray enjoyed being a
member of the VFW Post #00670 and Post #3332, American Legion Post #0032 and
Disabled American Veterans Post #46 of North Carolina.
Cremation will be accorded.
The family will be receiving friends and other family on Friday, November 29,
2019 from 6:00p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors
and Cremation Services Galesburg Chapel. Memorials may be donated to the Gordon
Behrnts Senior Center. Burial will be at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery
with military honors. Online condolences may be given at www.h-p-w.com.