PRATT — “I lived in the best of times.” An often heard phrase from Clifford Epley even though he lived through the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression, and WWII as a participant.
He was born on Nov 27, 1921 in Pratt, KS, the eldest son of Vern & Agnes (Baxter) Epley and left this life on August 11, 2019.
His memories of his early days revolved around his heritage, close family and friendships which prompted his best of times comment. His days in High School, the Civilian Conservation Corps the C’s as he called it and the friendships made in those hard times as well as Army buddies he never forgot even after he outlived them all. Clifford was a World War II mechanic and a scout overseas for a year and a half. A lifelong resident of Pratt with close relations with Iuka (his grandfather having homesteaded just North of there) he was a great historian of the two cities.
Cliff married the love of his life Lorena Hoffman, on 16 Aug 1942 celebrating 60 loving years until her passing in 2003.
Survivors include two children Clinton (Linda Choitz) of Canyon Lake, TX and Sharon (Randy) Giggy of Wichita; three granddaughters, Patricia ’Trish’ (Matthew) Conard of Wichita, Krista Giggy of Lebanon New Hampshire, Becky Giggy of Wichita; two great grandchildren, Lucy and Lincoln Conard, sister Verda (Lyle) Rader of Mullinville; one brother Buddy (Sue) Epley, Hutchinson.
One granddaughter, Jennifer Giggy, preceded him in death as did brothers Morlen, Charles Albert and David.
Cliff worked in the family trade following in the footsteps of his blacksmith grandfather and auto mechanic father working as a mechanic for Buick dealers in Pratt. Active in the First Baptist Church he served many years as a Deacon and Adult Sunday School Teacher and when required as a Lay Preacher. After Lorena’s passing, he befriended a recent widow from the church Thelma Hall and together they visited shut ins delivered meals on wheels and enjoyed attending community events together until her passing.
Cremation has taken place. Friends may sign the book 9:00 to 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2019, at Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Rd., Pratt. Graveside Service will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Greenlawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or St. Jude’s Research Hospital, in care of Larrison Mortuary. Online condolences may be left at www.larrisonmortuary.com.