SPRINGFIELD – Clifford Bushnell, 93, of Springfield passed away Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at St. John’s Hospice.
Clifford was born Sept, 23, 1915, in Fulton County near Astoria, the son of William Roy and Hettie M. Slaight Bushnell.
He was the third child with four brothers, Glen, Delbert, John and Eldon, and a sister, Wanda.
He married Miriam A. Danner Aug. 21, 1942, in St. Louis.
Clifford is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Miriam; sons, James R. (wife, Mary) and Virgil (companion, Nancy Shanks), both of Pleasant Plains; a sister, Wanda (husband, Lloyd) Snowden of Canton, five grandchildren, Mike (wife, Karin) Bushnell of Pleasant Plains, Jesse (wife, Jamie) Bushnell of Tallula, Wanda Metzger of Chatham, Jaime Bushnell of Pleasant Plains and Brandon (wife, Wendy) Pickel of Illiopolis; nine great-grandchildren, Brandon and Austin Bushnell, both of Pleasant Plains, Ashley, Paige, Andrew and Anthony Metzger, all of Springfield, Bailee Pickel and Tyler Thompson, both of Illiopolis, and Chelsey Hartswell of Alaska; as well as several nephews and nieces.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was stationed in the South Pacific. After the war, he worked for International Harvester in Canton. After moving to Springfield in 1955, he served in the Illinois National Guard for 20 years, retiring in 1975.
Clifford was an active member of the First Church of the Brethren for more than 50 years. He and Miriam performed numerous acts of community service, delivering holiday meals to those in need. They were also active in the Meals-on-Wheels program year around.
He also was an active member of the Masonic Central Lodge 71 for 41 years, serving as worshipful master in 1977.
Clifford enjoyed outdoor activities including fishing, hunting, spring mushroom hunting and any and all activities involving family. He was the ideal grandfather to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, actively playing games, reading, watching movies over and over, riding bikes and participating in whatever adventure they could come up with.
Arrangements are under the direction of Staab Funeral Home, with visitation there on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be a Masonic service at 6:45 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at 10 a.m., with Pastor Kreston Lipscomb officiating. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery, where military services will be conducted by the Army.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of the Brethren in Springfield or the Masonic Central Lodge 71.