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Clifford  L.  Stroddard
     Clifford L. Stoddard, 86, of Hershey, passed away Jan. 23 at North Platte Care Center. He was born Mar. 4, 1926 in Polo, Mo. to Clarence and Ida Stoddard.
     Clifford lived his early years in Missouri.
     On May 9, 1944 he married Betty Orr in Atchison, Kans. Clifford joined the Air Force July 6, 1944 and was honorably discharged on June 5, 1946. Clifford served with the Air Transport Command and was assigned to the 1304th Army Air Force Base Unit for six months. He was also stationed in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations for sixteen months. He spent an entire period of overseas tour in India. Clifford did mechanical work on several military cargo and combat automotive equipment and worked in repair shops as foreman for five months.
     When Clifford returned from the war the family moved to McCloud, Calif. In 1952, the family moved to Hershey. In 1958, they moved to the Kuroki farm north of Hershey where Clifford farmed for George Kuroki for a number of years. Afterwards, he farmed on his own until his retirement.
     Cliff resided there until he became a resident at Premier Estates Assisted Living in 2007 and in April 2012, became a resident of North Platte Care Center.
     He is survived by his daughter, Darlene Stoddard of Godfrey, Ill.; daughter-in-law''s Sue Stoddard of North Platte and Carol Gray of Oklahoma, brother, George (Janis) Stoddard of Idaho and Charles (Bonnie) Stoddard of North Platte; nine grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two sons, Eugene and Roger Stoddard; a daughter Gail Sack; son-in-law, Larry Sack; brother James Stoddard and two sisters, Helen Prother and Virginia Atchinon.
     Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at North Platte Cemetery with military honors provided by American Legion Post 279 Hershey. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 1/30/2013
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