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Charles Clayborn Clifton

January 27, 1920 - August 29, 2017
From: Knoxville, IA | Originally: Spencer, IA
Charles Clayborn Clifton

Charles Clayborn Clifton

Born: January 27, 1920
Died: August 29, 2017
Age: 97

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On August 29th, 2017 at the age of 97, Charles Clayborn Clifton of Knoxville Iowa, formerly of Spencer, Iowa, passed away peacefully at Homestead Assisted Living in Knoxville, Iowa. Charles Clifton, the son of Cloyd and Cordelia Clifton, was born on January 27, 1920 in Peterson, Iowa. He grew up in Peterson with his brother, Glen and sister, Ruby and attended high school in Linn Grove, IA. Charles joined the US Coast Guard in 1938 and served in World War II. During his time in the service he traveled the world and was given a certificate when he crossed the equator. He met Mary Wolfe in Philadelphia, PA while the ship he was docked for repairs. They were married on September 13, 1942 in Maryland. After his time in the service, Charles and Mary lived and worked in Philadelphia and New Jersey where they had two children, Charles Jr. and Linda. They later moved to Spencer, Iowa where they had another daughter, Susan. While living in Spencer, they owned and operated a restaurant, Charlie's, until retirement. Charles was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Eagles member, and was a Chief Pilgrim at the Moose Lodge in Spencer, IA. In 2010, Charles and Mary moved to Homestead Assisted Living in Knoxville, IA. While living there, Charles participated in all activities and quickly became a staff favorite and friend to many of the residents. Charles was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He loved his family more than anything and had a smile that would light up a room with a wonderful sense of humor. He never met a stranger and was always putting others first. Charles loved being around family and friends. He also enjoyed fishing, playing cards, bingo, horseshoes, camping, bowling, and watching the Vikings. He will always be remembered for his signature smiley-face pancakes on Sunday mornings and his advice to always leave with enough time so that you don't have to speed and to get home before it gets dark. This is something he reminded his family of often. He was an irreplaceable man. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Glen (Anna), sister, Ruby (Harold), and his beloved wife Mary. Left to cherish his memory are his son Charles Clifton, Jr. (Karen) of Mechanicsville, IA and two daughters, Linda Butler (Jeff) of Ruthven, IA and Susan Clifton Pearson (Paul) of Knoxville, IA, his grandchildren: Amy, Mike, Beth, Molly, Jeff, Reba, and Mara and great-grandchildren: Ashley, Autumn, Jazie, Kailee, Jaidyn, Sunnie, Ainsley, Spencer, Jalen, Nova, Avery, and Carmine along with other relatives and many friends. Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to the Moose Lodge in Spencer IA. 'Although his wings were ready our hearts were not.' He will be truly missed by all who knew him.
Services will be held 1:00 P.M., Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Moose Lodge in Spencer.
Rev. Don Efinger
H.C.I. Hospice Chaplin
"When I Get Where I am Going"
By Brad Paisley
"Because You Loved Me"
By Celine Dion


Monday, October 9, 2017 at 8:20 AM
“You were always greeted with a great smile and a friendly hello where ever Charlie worked. He was a great bartender and server in all his Clubs. I first knew him from Bjornstad's Drug then to Club 71 and Then to Charlie's. Mon, Dad and my family ate at Charlie's almost every Saturday noon. He will be greatly missed by all.”
- Webb Summers
Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 2:12 PM
“Charlie, Linda, Susan and families our condolences on the passing of your father. So many memories, the neighborhood on East 10th Street. The Moose Lodge , the ritual teams, and Charlie's Club 71. He always treated us well and looked after us kids. Chuck was a good man and I'm proud to have known him. May your memories sustain you as you celebrate his life. Christ's Peace. Doug and Pat”
- Douglas Jones
Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 9:04 AM
“He was a great man,and will always be remembered in our harts. sorry for your loss. ”
- Chad and Kim LeClair
Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 11:53 AM
“ Charlie was my boss when your owned Charlie's restaurant in Spencer Iowa. He was awesome. Thanks to his I've been in food service ever since. He was a great guy. He will be missed!!”
- Jeree Beck Wikström
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 2:16 PM
“It was great to see Chuck at Bjornstad Drug Store where my dad worked for years as a pharmacist. Never anything but friendly to me, I enjoyed seeing him whenever I came in. My sympathy goes to his family. May he rest in peace.”
- Jim Bohnenkamp
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 2:16 PM
“Susan, Linda and Charlie, we are so sad to hear about Charles!! My parents were good friends and I use to hang out at your place some! We use to love to eat at 'Charlie's' and he was an awesome cook!! God Bless you all and treasure those memories!”
- Gayle and Bryan Bailey
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 2:16 PM
“So sorry to hear about Charlie. I worked with him at Bjornstad Drug from 1970 to 1973. He was the nicest guy. Always had a smile on his face, he made it a good place to work . He was a good friend. He will be missed”
- Jeff Traughber
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 2:16 PM
“Sorry for your loss. Love to you Susan.”
- Jeff Waters
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 2:16 PM
“Sincere sympathy to the Clifton Family...Charley was truly, one of the good guys.”
- Lorna A. Sebring
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 2:16 PM
“Charlie, Linda and Susan and families, Prayers are with you as you now celebrate your father's life. I will always remember that twinkle in his eye, his smile and his jokes. He was blessed to have so many wonderful years with all of you. God Bless,Sue Kabrick Watkins”
- Susan D Watkins
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 2:16 PM
“Charlie was one of the most kind and caring guys.He always had a smile for everybody.He and I shared a birthday so we always razzed each other about our age.He will be missed by everyone that knew him.Love you Charlie.”
- Brad and Beth Blair
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