Cliff Sexson - May 01, 2014
Clifford Sexson was born on Sept. 15, 1922 at Goodland, Kan. He was the oldest of five children born to Milton and Maude Bowen Sexson. He attended rural school and later graduated from Goodland High School in 1941.
Cliff joined the United States Navy in 1942 during World War II and served in the Pacific Theater until his discharge in 1945, serving three years and four days.
It was while he was in the service that he married Yvonne Juhl of St. Francis, Kan. on July 23, 1943 in New York City. Three children were born to this union. After his discharge the family moved to St. Francis where they farmed until 1952.
They moved to Boulder, Colo. where Cliff worked for Dow Chemical for 19 years as well as other part time jobs. In 1971 they moved to Keystone, S.D. where they purchased an overnight campground. The campground was destroyed by a flash flood in June of 1971 and Cliff and Yvonne moved to the sandhills of Nebraska where he worked for different ranches.
In 1975 they returned to St. Francis where they owned and operated the Homesteader Motel for six years. They moved to Broken Bow, Neb. in 1981 and owned and operated the Countryside Estates mobile home park until they sold it in 1998 and moved to Grant, Neb.
Cliff and Yvonne moved to Westview Retirement Community in 2011 and due to failing health, Cliff moved to Golden Ours Convalescent Home in the fall of 2013. He died at Golden Ours on Saturday night, April 26, 2014 at the age of 91.
Cliff was a life member of the V.F.W. He had a strong interest in the Lions Club and was a member in St. Francis, Broken Bow and Grant. He was active in the Grant First Congregational Church.
Cliff was preceded in death by an infant sister, Stella Mae and a brother, Dale Sexson; a half-brother, Clyde Sexson and a half-sister, Berdena Shull.
He is survived by his wife of over 70 years, Yvonne; one daughter, Sherryl and husband Kenneth Ketter of Kanorado, Kan.; two sons, David and wife Melanie Sexson of rural Gordon, Neb. and Milt and wife Laura Sexson of Ogallala, Neb.; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Gertrude Smith of Chico, Calif. and one brother, Vernon Sexson of Grant; other relatives and friends.
Cremation was chosen. Private family burial will occur in the Grant Cemetery with a flag presentation and honor guard by area veterans.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Grant First Congregational Church with Pastor Larry Booth officiating.
A memorial has been established to the Grant Lions Club. Bullock-Long Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.