Aug. 15, 1926 - Sept. 25, 2016
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and part-time Parkland resident, Clifford Loyal Kirkpatrick, died Sept. 25, 2016 in his home in Jackson, Wyoming. He was 90.
His funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday in the Church of the Firstborn in Parkland. Viewing will be 4-7 p.m. Friday at Palmer Marler Funeral Home in Cushing. Burial will be in Parkland Cemetery.
Services are under the direction of Palmer Marler Funeral Home.
Clifford was born Aug. 15, 1926 near Perkins to Lawrence and Pearl Kirkpatrick. He was the fourth of their six children.
Clifford was no stranger to hard work, He was raised working on the family farms, first at Perkins, then northwest of Chandler. After graduating in 1944 from Chandler High School, he worked for the Soil Conservation Service while still helping on the farm.
His work served him well when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950 during the Korean War. He served in Germany in field artillery, targeting howitzer firing via radio.
After being discharged in 1952, Clifford moved to Oklahoma City and soon began working for General Motors Parts Division shipping parts to GM dealers, a job he loved until retirement.
On July 25, 1953 in Oklahoma City, he married Alois Iris Herrmann. Their only child, Clifford Evan Kirkpatrick, was born April 14, 1956 in the new home they built in northeast Oklahoma City.
In 1974, Clifford was transferred to the Dallas GM Parts Warehouse. They soon built a house in Irving Texas, and Alois joined him. They lived in their Irving home until 1991, when they moved to their final home at Jackson, Wyoming. All the while, they frequently returned to the farm near Parkland, staying in the “barn,” where they had living quarters.
Always working on something around the farm with the love of farming always in his blood, Clifford had a garden until this summer, when his health began to fail.
Clifford was respected by all and was always an important part of the community. He was a greatly loved member of The General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn. His love was known across the nation, he visited and had guests from coast to coast.
After Alois died, Clifford opened his home and his heart to his friends, neighbors and brethren of the church. He always had a roast, carrots, and potatoes, and a seat ready for Sunday dinner, whether in Jackson or at the barn in Parkland.
Clifford is survived by his sister, Dorothy and husband Bill Taylor; sister-in-law June Kirkpatrick; brother-in-law Dwayne and wife Darlene Herrmann; sister-in-law Janice Herrmann and husband Bud Greenfield; sister-in-law Virginia Herrmann and husband Mel Corter; son Cliff E. and wife Loretta Kirkpatrick; grandson Kenneth Kirkpatrick; grandson Craig Kirkpatrick; grandson Jonathan “Jono” and wife Heather Kirkpatrick; granddaughter Keri and husband Dustyn Burwell; grandson David and wife Emily Kirkpatrick; great-granddaughter Jada Kirkpatrick; great grandson Noah Kirkpatrick; great-granddaughter Abby Burwell; great-granddaughter Zoe Burwell; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, brethren and friends.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Alois Kirkpatrick; granddaughter, Vanessa Dawn Kirkpatrick; parents, Lawrence and Pearl Kirkpatrick; brother, George Kirkpatrick; brother Charles Kirkpatrick; and sisters Coralie Sherman and Ella Jones.
Condolences in Clifford’s name can be sent to Cliff and Loretta Kirkpatrick, 2105 South Park Ranch Road, Jackson, Wyoming 83001.