Obituaries

Wed
06
Jul

Clara H. Zuehlke

Clara H. Zuehlke, age 98, of Clifton passed away Thursday, June 30, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 2016, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clifton. Burial will follow at Trinity Cemetery in Clifton. Visitation will be held from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 1, at Clifton Funeral Home. Clara was born on March 27, 1918 to Henry and Anna Walsleben Hampe in Cayote, Bosque County, Texas. She was baptized at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Bismark Community. She was confirmed at the same church on June 4, 1933. On October 23, 1938, Clara married Henry Louise Zuehlke at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Pleasant Hill outside of Clifton. Their marriage was blessed with four children: Alvin Charles, Lawrence David, Beatrice Fern, and Helen Fay. At the time of her death, she was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clifton. At the age of 39, Clara began her first work outside the home to help her children attend college.

Thu
30
Jun

Robert J. Sims

Robert J. (Bob) Sims, age 84, of Meridian, passed away early Thursday morning, June 16, 2016, in the Lutheran Sunset Home in Clifton. The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. at Lawson Funeral Home in Meridian. Come and go, or come and stay for services at 2:00 P.M. Wear your western duds or hunting camo, as long as you are comfortable. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Bob’s name to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch: 600 SW 11th Ave., Amarillo, Texas 79101-3228. Bob was born January 3, 1932, in Bronte, Texas. He was a son of the late Matthew Sims and Vesta Welch Sims. Bob was a fun-loving, adventurous outdoorsman; perhaps only slightly more important than hunting was his family. He was a devoted husband to his wife, Rena, and supportive father to his children, daughter Vikki, and son Matt.

Thu
30
Jun

Carolyn Ann Cheney

Carolyn Ann Cheney, 69, of Laguna Park passed away at her residence on Sunday, June 19, 2016. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 am Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at Clifton Funeral Home with Pastor Dustin Lang officiating. Born April 7, 1947 in Meridian, Carolyn was the daughter of R.C. and Ruth Reierson. She grew up in Cranfills Gap where she completed school and was very active in 4H for many years. Ten years ago, she moved back to Bosque County after living in the DFW metroplex for a number of years. In her spare time, Carolyn enjoyed fishing and hunting. She and her late husband were ham radio operators and she often helped him in his investigative work. A very caring person, Carolyn was always volunteering in Laguna Park to help out her neighbors, or with the Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry, or whatever was needed. She was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church and also volunteered with the Texas Guard. Preceding her in death were her parents and her husband, Leon Cheney.

Wed
22
Jun

Christopher Lowell Patterson

Christopher Lowell Patterson passed away June 18, 2016 in his home, surrounded by his family after a long battle with cancer. Chris was born in January 1948 to John Rheuben Patterson and Flois Christine Hogue in Commerce, Texas. He graduated from East Texas State University, now A&M Commerce, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industry and Technology and was a member of the fraternity Sigma Chi. Chris entered the United States Navy in 1971 and served as a Machinist Mate on the USS Daniel Webster, the USS Nathan Hale and the USS Gurnard. He met and married his wife Janice Kay Holtman in Dallas, Texas. They were married for 36 years and had three wonderful daughters. In 1986, Chris built his family home just outside of Clifton, Texas and he worked at many businesses in town over the years. In his free time he enjoyed working outside in his wood shop or in one of his many gardens. He is remembered by his family for his sense of humor and ingenuity.

Wed
22
Jun

Merrell Dean Sparks

Merrell Dean Sparks, 92, of Clifton, TX, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Merrell was born on February 4, 1924 in the Norse Community to Jim and Ida (Grimland) Sparks. He was the Seventh of nine children. The funeral service will be Friday, June 17, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Clifton with Pastor Jerry Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Boggy Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evening at Clifton Funeral Home. Merrell quit school and went into the army in 1942 where he served with distinction in the Pacific Theatre until his honorable discharge from the Army in 1945. He married Syble Florence Wallace on October 4, 1946 and to this union were born three girls. He accepted Jesus as his savior while living in Pampa, Texas, and was baptized in the Central Baptist Church. In 1953 he brought his family back to Clifton where he worked for Pat Olson.

Wed
22
Jun

Virgie Leola McFadden Bakke

Virgie Leola McFadden Bakke of Cleburne, Texas passed away Saturday, June 18th, 2016 at age 80. She was born on January 1st, 1936 to Andrew and Virgie McFadden in Clifton, Texas. Virgie lived a life of kindness and generosity by taking on the roles of a dedicated teacher, loyal friend, fun sister, devoted wife, caring mother, and loving grandmother. Virgie grew up in Clifton, Texas, where she attended elementary, middle, and high school. She made many lifelong friends that have stayed in touch with each other throughout the years. Their monthly luncheons were something she always looked forward to. Virgie was an active member of the First Baptist Church Clifton for over 20 years. She began dating her to-be husband of 59 years, Bill Bakke, in 1956 and they were happily married on December 27th, 1957 at First Baptist Church Clifton. She settled down with Bill in Cleburne, Texas and within a few years began raising her two children Mike and Karen.

Wed
15
Jun

Billy Wayne Pederson

Billy Wayne “Pete” Pederson, age 86, of Clifton, formerly of Meridian, passed away Monday, June 6, 2016, in the Lutheran Sunset Home in Clifton. Memorial funeral services were held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, June 13, 2016, at the Rock Church on the grounds of St. Olaf Lutheran Cemetery near Cranfills Gap. Pastor Becky Stensland and Pastor Cal Goerdel officiated. Billy was born on October 29, 1929 in the Mustang community near Cranfills Gap. He graduated from Cranfills Gap High School in 1948. On June 23, 1949 Billy and Alice Betty Ludwig of Clifton married at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in the Norse community. They lived in Fort Worth where Billy was a general machinist and retired from General Dynamics (Lockheed Martin). To this marriage were born two daughters, Sandra and Janet. Faith Lutheran Church in Fort Worth was their home church filled with years of service, including being charter members.

Wed
08
Jun

Jackie Olsen

Jackie Olsen, 74, entered into eternal peace at her residence with family at her bedside following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 2, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Clifton. Visitation was Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Clifton Funeral Home. Burial at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Jackie was born on December 5, 1941, a daughter to the late Vernon Lee Hammond and Dortha Mae (McFarland) Hammond. Jackie attended and graduated from Blum High School, and later from Goodall-Witcher Nursing Program as a LVN. Jackie married Van Doren Olsen, Sr. on September 1, 1962. Jackie was a lifelong and devoted person of faith. She was baptized in 1960 and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran on January 27, 1963. She was an active member within the church and served on the church council and belonged to the women’s guild. She also volunteered at the local food pantry. Jackie was the fourth child of ten siblings.

Wed
08
Jun

George Wendall Foster

George Wendall Foster, age 93, passed from this life in Temple, Texas, on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. George was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Osage County, on September 9, 1922, to George Samuel and Cora Sowers Foster. He married his high school sweetheart, Norma Dean McDowell, in 1940 and they welcomed twin boys the following year, George Thomas and William Samuel. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, George joined The Phillips Petroleum Corporation, retiring after 42 years. George lived in numerous cities in Texas and Oklahoma, serving in positions with Phillips in Spain, Brazil, Italy, Scotland, Norway, London, ending in Utah before finally retiring to Clifton, Texas, in 1984.

Wed
08
Jun

Marta Betty Barrett

Marta Betty Barrett, 86, of Clifton, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. There will be no funeral services held. She is survived by her husband, Art Barrett, her daughter, her son, her sister, her brother, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren.

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