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Clifford Moody

Friday, April 15, 2005

Aug. 28, 1909-March 31, 2005

Clifford C. Moody was born Aug. 28, 1909, to Elbert and Mary (Overman) Moody in a sod house on his parents homestead north of Wauneta, in Chase County.

He departed this life on March 31, 2005, at Northwest Hospital in Tucson, Ariz.

Clifford attended school as child at the Spring Valley School in rural Chase County.

On April 7, 1934, he married Velma Hixon in Holyoke, Colo. She was a young lady he had known and admired since childhood. To this union were born two children, Ronald D. Moody of Tucson and Mary E. Gage of Wauneta.

As a young man, Clifford worked beside his dad on the family farm. He told many stories of the years the two of them pulled their "alfalfa huller" over a large area of Chase, Perksin and Hayes Counties with an old International Tractor, threshing alfalfa seed for many families in the area.

In 1944, Clifford's dad became very ill and was forced to retire, at which time Clifford took over the family farm until 1955 when he and Velma decided to try a different lifestyle and moved to Denver, Colo., where they lived for the next nine years.

Cliff owned and operated a Standard Oil station and also worked as a salesman for different businesses during this time.

In 1964, Cliff and Velma moved back to the family farm where they lived for the next 17 years, engaged mainly with their hog operation.

In 1981, they retired and moved to Tucson to be by their son and his family and enjoy the warm winters.

On April 7, 2004, Clifford and Velma celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with many family members and friends. The stories of their courtship, their wedding and their life together will be forever treasured by their children and grandchildren along with Clifford's wonderful sense of humor, his passion for life and his love for his family.

Clifford was preceded in death by his parents, Elbert and Mary Moody and one sister, Marita Robertson.

Clifford leaves to mourn his loving wife of nearly 71 years; his son, Ronald D. Moody and wife, Ellen of Tucson, Ariz., and daughter, Mary E. Gage and husband, Keith of Wauneta; along with nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.

Services were held on April 9 at the Wauneta United Methodist Church with the Rev. Judy Dye presiding.

Organist was Mrs. Diane Ham and soloist was Mrs. Sharon Walgren.

Casketbearers were Bob Gage, Mike Gage, Jim Gage, Keith Wallace, Scott Moody and Craig Fanning.

Honorary pallbearers were Jake Tepley, Raymond Maxfield, Jack Maddux, Kenneth Denker, Bob Kitt and Kenneth Polly.

Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Wauneta.

Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.