M. Wayne Clifford, 75. of Switz City, died at 6 a.m. Monday, May 11, 2009, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, after a lengthy battle with heart disease.
His battle concluded after his selection and voluntary participation in Left Ventricular Assist Device research, extending his quality of life & time with his family.
He was born in Sandborn on March 23, 1934, the son of Mearl R. and Golda Mae (Wittenmier) Clifford.
He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Vincennes University and Indiana University, receiving his Bachelor degree. Wayne retired from Crane after 25 years of service, working as a cost accountant. He retired in 2008 from Wal-Mart working as a door greeter. He also retained his broker/relators license. He was a member of Saron United Church of Christ in Linton and Sandborn Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by his wife, whom he married Aug. 30, 1952, Sandra (Telligman) Clifford of Switz City; two daughters, Teresa (Tarry) Egnew of Switz City and Elizabeth (William) Staisch of Worthington; a son, Thomas W. (Jeanine) Clifford of Olney, MD; a brother, Donald Lee Clifford of Terre Haute; three sisters, Virginia Stremming of Sandborn, Betty Walters of South Carolina and Shirley Holland of New Albany; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and one sister.
Funeral service will be at Saron United Church of Christ in Linton at 10:30 A.M. Friday, May 15 with Rev. Mike Roth officiating.
Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery in Freelandville with military graveside rites by the American Legion Post #22 of Linton.
Visitation will be at Welch & Cornett Funeral Home in Linton on Thursday from 4-9 p.m. with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. and at the church one-hour prior to service on Friday.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Ventricular Assist Device Program through the funeral home.
Online condolences can be sent to www.welchcornett.com.