|John H. Clifford, 55, of Galesburg, died at 6:20 p.m. Sunday, August 22, 2010 at Genesis East in Davenport, Iowa.
He was born February 25, 1955 in Galesburg the son of Kenneth Charles and Helen Cole Clifford. He married Kathy Knuth on February 5, 1977 in Galesburg. She survives.
Also surviving is a daughter, Lyndsey (Jonathan) Edwards of Indianapolis, Ind.; a grandson. Rylan Charles Edwards; and another grandson expected in October, a brother, Jim (Betty) Clifford of Altona; five sisters, Anne Liby of Monmouth, Alice (Tom) Anhalt of Burlington, Iowa, Barb (Bob) McCommons of Knoxville, Amy (Brian) Green of Fitchburg, Mass. and Sarah (Eric) Nelson of Galesburg; and a large network of close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his step mother, the late Marlene K. Clifford.
John worked for Butler Manufacturing Company for over 30 years and was working as a sales representative for United Laboratories in St. Charles, Ill. He attended Knoxville schools and graduated from ROVA High School in 1973. He was very active in the Boy Scouts during junior high school. During high school, John worked for Sam McKie Farming of Oneida-he considered him a friend and mentor. He was a member of the Oak Run Golf Club and the Oak Run Golf League on Tuesday nights sponsored by the Parts House. John was a member, deacon and an elder of the First Presbyterian Church. He also played on a city softball league. He enjoyed gardening, yard work and riding his Harley. His friends named him "Mr. Small-talk" because he could and would talk to anyone, anywhere. He loved eating peanuts and watching trains with his grandson Rylan.
Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Saturday, September 11, 2010 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Memorial service celebrating John's life will be held later at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. David Parker officiating. Memorial may be made to the First Presbyterian Church. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.