Clifford Earl Gaston

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.


  1. Precious Atchison on October 21, 2012 at 7:36 am

    What a joy it was to hear Clifford sing the hymns in chapel at the nursing home. His presence is very missed. Annette you have life long friends here at the nursing home. What a joy to have you both in our lives. My favorite was singing a duet with Clifford, In the Garden. I imagine we just may hear his voice today as we sing at the celebration of his life. Much love and gratitude that Clifford was in my life.

  2. Paul Young on October 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    David, I remember you well for all the aide you gave me at North. I think of you and your family and smile. I am filled with wonderful memories of the music and programs we shared. I know this is a difficult time for all of you and please understand I have shared this difficult experience. I pray for
    you all and hope the good memories will carry you all forward. God bless you and keep you all.

  3. Mike & Jan Kimmons on October 20, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Cliff was a great friend and we all will miss him. McDonolds Breakfast Club won’t be the same without him. Our thoughts & prayers are with all his family. Mike & Jan Kimmons

  4. Vivian Mason on October 19, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Annette, just a note to let you know how saddened I was to hear of Cliff’s passing. He was a wonderful person with a great sense of humor. I haven’t known either of you for long, but it was always a pleasure to see you at the coffee table at McDonald’s. Know that I am thinking about you and your family as you work through the loss of a wonderful husband and father.

    Warmest regards and my thoughts and prayers are with you.


  5. Don Smith on October 19, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Annette:While we have never met,You have my thoughts and Prayers. Cliff was my first boss when I got into the insurance business as a payroll auditor for the Central Surety Insurance Co there in Kansas City. He was a great person to know and work for.


  6. Glen DeWerff on October 19, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Annette, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Cliff was a founder of the Saturday coffee bunch, and I was honored to get to know him, to hear his tales, particularly his service related experiences overseas. He was interesting to visit with, and he was interested to hear what others were saying. We miss Cliff, but we will not forget him. Glen

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