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Curtis A. ‘Curly’ Clifford

181009_J_Curtis Clifford OBITNora Springs – Curtis A. “Curly” Clifford, 80, of Nora Springs, passed on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, surrounded by his loving family.

A Celebration of Life was held at 10:30 am on Monday, October 8, 2018 at Christ’s Church of Mason City, 710 N. Kentucky Ave., Mason City, with the Rev. Derek Facculyn-Gous officiating.  Burial followed in the Rock Grove Cemetery, Nora Springs.

Visitation with public viewing was held Sunday afternoon, October 7, 2018  from 2 pm until 4 pm at Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd St NE, Mason City, and resumed one hour prior to Monday’s funeral service at the church.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorials may be left in Curtis’ name to Hospice of North Iowa.

The only child of Carroll and Mary (Nauman) Clifford, Curtis Arlyn was born on June 23, 1938.  He attended and graduated from Nora Springs High School before enlisting in the National Guard.

On July 15, 1961 Curtis was united in marriage to Doris Wilde at the Christian Church in Nora Springs; together they would be blessed with four children and 57 years of marriage.  Throughout the years the family shared many blessed times together camping, trout fishing, target shooting and reloading, and mushroom hunting.

Curly loved the great outdoors, whether it be tending to their flower and vegetable garden with Doris, or visiting a local Eagle’s nest with Christi, he found beauty and peace in it all. In his free time Curly was known for making his homemade wine, which he loved to gift to family and friends.

He was driven through life by his faith in The Lord.  He loved teaching, sharing, and singing of God’s love and salvation through his weekly Bible Study and in his daily life.  His faith was an inspiration to all; he was especially fond of his church family.

For 33 years Curly worked as an Inspector with White Farm until their closing.  During this time he also worked as a self-taught auto body mechanic, owning and operating Clifford Auto Body, an endeavor he continued following his retirement from White Farm.

He was a loving and devoted Papa to his grandchildren and left them with many valuable life lessons. His unique and quirky sense of humor will be missed by all.

Those grateful in sharing in his life are his wife, Doris, Nora Springs; children, Cory Clifford, Kensett, Colette (Mike) Hall, Charles City, Christi (Chuck) Meyer, Charles City, and Connie “Jocko” (Debora) Clifford, Nora Springs; grandchildren, Nicole (Luke) Ogrodnik, Lance (Heidi) Ubben, Dylan (Brittany) Hall,  Madison Meyer and special friend, Dave Schoenfish; one great granddaughter, Milah Ubben; as well as his brothers and sisters in law and extended family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his son in law, Alan Ubben.

Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd St NE, Mason City.  (641)423-2372.