Donnie “Don” Lee Clift, 82, of Kahoka died Friday, June 3, 2022 at his home in Kahoka.
He was born December 2, 1939 in Alexandria, MO the son of John and Helen Oberman Clift.
Don graduated from Kahoka High School with the Class of 1957. He joined the Iowa Army National Guard in 1961 and proudly served for six years.
On November 17, 1962 he was united in marriage to Rosalie Raymond at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Keokuk, IA. They were married for 59 years. She survives.
He is also survived by four daughters, Sherry Koonce of Ste. Genevieve, MO, Kathy Randolph and her husband Kipp of Donnellson, IA, Debbie Malone and her husband Kirt of Palmyra, MO, and Cindy Kumm and her husband Jake of Palmyra, MO, six grandchildren, Kevin Randolph and his wife Ashley, Kyle Randolph, Brock Malone, Kaden Malone, Bennett Lee Kumm and Brayleigh Kumm, two step great-grandchildren, Vayda Nichols and Kenley Nichols, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ken Raymond of Quincy, IL, Phyllis Hodges and her husband Larry of Quincy, IL, and Karen Raymond of Orange Park, FL, as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, James Arthur Clift, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Harold J. Raymond and his wife Linda, Marilyn Griggs and her husband Albert, Ron Raymond, and aunts and uncles.
Don was of the Methodist faith and attended St. Michael’s Catholic Church with his wife. He was a member of the Frazee Cemetery Board for many years. He was also a member of the Herman Blum Post 192 of the American Legion.
Don was a lifelong farmer which he loved. His grandchildren looked forward to riding the tractor with him. Telling jokes and making people laugh was his specialty. He wrote annual birthday poems for his wife and daughters which they treasured. In his younger years he enjoyed fishing, hunting, square dancing, and playing volleyball. Don was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He especially loved the time he spent with his family and friends.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 10 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Kahoka with Father Rob Fields officiating. Burial will be in the Frazee Cemetery.
Visitation will be held after 1 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at the Vigen Memorial Home in Kahoka with the family meeting with friends from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. A wake service will be held at 5 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to Frazee Cemetery or Donor’s Choice.
Pallbearers are Kipp Randolph, Kirt Malone, Jake Kumm, Kevin Randolph, Kyle Randolph, Brock Malone, Kaden Malone. Honorary pallbearers are Bennett Lee Kumm, Brayleigh Kumm.
On-line condolences may be made to the family at www.vigenmemorialhome.com