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Clifford Earl Gaston of Roeland Park, Kansas passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at Overland Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center under the care of Grace Hospice.
He was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, son of Verde Geoffrey and Ethel Leona Gaston. He grew up in Miami, Oklahoma and graduated from Miami High School. Clifford attended Pittsburg State University and then served three years in the US Army during WWII in the European Theatre. He was a resident of Kansas City from 1954 until his death.
Clifford worked as an Insurance Premium Auditor and was a past president of the Kansas City Auditor’s Association. He was a member of the Community of Christ Mission Road Congregation where he served as an Elder and a choir member for over 50 years. He was an avid golfer and loved music.
Clifford was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Verde Grover and Karl and his first wife, Mary Elizabeth. He is survived by his wife, Annette, daughter and husband, Carol and Jim Keeling, his son and wife, David and Pam Gaston, three step-children, Carrie Beth Coleman, Robin and Jaime Gaona and John David Coleman, four grandchildren, Christopher and Andrew Alexander and Jessica and Jacqueline Gaston, four step-grandchildren, Sarah and David Keeling and Gabi, Lindsey and Tyler Gaona and four great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life/Memorial will be held at 2 pm, Sunday, October 21, 2012 at the Community of Christ Mission Road Church, 79th and Mission Road, Prairie Village, Kansas. Burial will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Clifford’s name to the church or Grace Hospice, 9233 Ward Parkway, Suite 201, Kansas City, Missouri 64114.