Clifford McGregor - October 15, 2009
Clifford McGregor was born on the family farm in Hayes County, Neb., on April 28, 1935. He was the oldest of two sons born to Earl and Joyce (Gardner) McGregor.
Cliff grew up on the family farm and attended country school. He spent his freshman year at Grainton and transferred to Hayes Center High School where he graduated in 1953. Clifford loved the farm life and learned from an early age how to repair things. He carried that talent into his adult years and to his family and friends he was known as “Mr. Fix-it.”
Cliff joined the United States Army in August of 1957. He served his basic training at Fort Carson, Colo., later being transferred to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Fort Ord, Calif.
During this period he returned to Nebraska and was married to Evelyn Malone in Palisade, Neb., on June 1, 1958. They returned to Fort Ord until his discharge in May of 1959. He was part of the Army Reserves until 1963.
Cliff and Evelyn returned to Hayes County where he became active in the family farm. In addition to his farming, Cliff worked as a machinist for Earnie Shaw, applied farm chemicals with Warren Kinney and drove a school bus for Hayes Center Schools.
Cliff and Evelyn lived in Yakima, Wash., from 1965 until 1967 where he worked as a machinist for Dakota Aircraft. They returned to their farm in 1967 where they spent the rest of their married life.
Cliff had been diagnosed with a lung malignancy in 2005, but was able to remain at home. He was admitted to the Ogallala Community Hospital late Wednesday night and died early Thursday morning, Oct. 15, 2009. He had reached the age of 74.
Clifford was a wonderful support for his family and friends. He served on the Wauneta Co-op Oil Board for several years and had an active interest in the farm until his death.
Clifford had accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in 1975 and Cliff and Evelyn had been very active with the Grainton Village Church the past few years.
Cliff was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, of over 51 years; one son, Allen, and wife Lori of Grand Island, Neb.; one daughter, Deb, and husband Mike Schardt of Carleton, Neb.; five grandchildren: Erica and Luke McGregor and Krista, Joel and Emilie Schardt; his brother, Don, and wife Virginia of Moville, Iowa; other relatives and friends.
A Celebration of Life service was held Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, at the Grant Evangelical Free Church with Pastors Russ Gaar and Chip Maupin officiating.
Music was provided by Sherry McKnight, Erica McGregor and Brad Doell.
Casketbearers were Stan Mc-Knight, Vernon Miller, Gary Pemberton, Shannon O’Neil, David Lempke and Deon Keating.
Honorary Escorts included Robert Keating, Gary Malone, Gregg Johnson, Donald McGregor, Donald O’Neil, George Miller, Terry Morehead, Glen Stanek and Cliff’s beloved family and friends.
Burial was in the Wallace Morningview Cemetery with a flag presentation by the Wallace American Legion Post.
A memorial has been established.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home of Grant was in charge of arrangements.