STERLING – Richard D. Clifton, 78, of Sterling, died peacefully Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at his home. He served 3 years in the Army, and was employed at National Manufacturing Co. in Sterling as a grinder operator before retiring in 2000.
He was born March 1, 1935, to Warren and Dorothy (Owens) Clifton. He graduated in 1953 from Rock Falls High School. He later married his high school love of his life, Dorothy Simester, on June 10, 1956, at Rock Falls United Methodist Church.
Richard loved spending time with his family, especially grandchildren, and at his vacation home on the St. Lawrence River. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Sterling.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Clifton; four daughters, Beth (Randy) Wolber and Wendy (Sheila Akers) Eckel, both of Rock Falls, Abby (Ted) Ernst of Chicago, and Erin (Joe) Stewart of Crown Point, Ind.; seven grandchildren, Shane (Jackie) Wolber, April Wolber, Molly (Brittany) Dunn, Seth and Austin Eckel, and Charlotte and Lindsay Ernst; one great-grandchild, Jocelyn Wolber, and one great-grandchild due in March; and special friends of the family, Jennifer Reichert, Sarah Mallard, and Sophie Duntley.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. Thursday and the funeral at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling, with the Rev. Paul Judd, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sterling, officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded.
A memorial has been established.
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