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Clyde Richard Killion (1910-2007)


Posted By: Barry Mateer (email)
Date: 1/29/2021 at 17:17:36

Clyde Richard Killion, the eldest son of Oscar Manford and Lottie Eunice Mateer Killion, was born November 8, 1910, in Afton, Iowa and passed away at Harry Truman VA Hospital in Columbia, Missouri on June 7, 2007 at the age of 96 years, 6 months and 30 days.

When Clyde was 9 years of age, his father died as a result of meningitis. Then he, along with his brother and mother, lived with his maternal grandmother, Eunice Holt Mateer, until his mother married Arthur Elliott in 1922.

He graduated from Afton High School in 1929. He was elected captain of the basketball team three of his four years of play. In his senior year, he set a record in high jump for the district and placed second in the State at the Drake Relays. He also held honors in track. A newspaper article wrote that he was a true athlete in every sense of the word.

Clyde was united in marriage to Darlene Celestia Babbitt on February 28, 1938 in Afton, Iowa. They first met while Darlene was teaching rural school at Dodge Center. Because of difficult times on the farm, they moved to Kansas City to find employment. Clyde was one of the few to be hired by the Bigelow Carpet Company. A daughter, Linda Louise, was born during this time and soon thereafter, in February of 1943, Clyde was inducted into the Army. He served in WWII in the Signal Corp and saw action in Northern Africa, Sicily and Italy. He was honorably discharged from Camp Crowder, MO in November of 1944.

In 1945 Clyde became manager of the Consumers Cooperative (Farmland) warehouse in Des Moines where he worked for thirteen years. He then worked as a carpenter, painter and self-employed contractor, retiring in 1974. He always enjoyed his grandchildren, fishing electrical work and in later years golfing. He was awarded a hole-in-one trophy in 1983.

He was a member of First Federated Church and was baptized in 1970 as a result of placing his faith in Jesus Christ. There was evidence of Godís grace in his life through the following years. He and Darlene lived in the same house in Des Moines for 56 years before moving to Columbia, MO to live with their daughter and husband. He lived with them until August of 2006 when he was hospitalized as a result of a fall. He remained in Columbia VA long-term care until his death.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a step-father, Arthur Elliott; brother, Howard Killion; and two sisters, Allice Killion and Lena Elliott Applegate. He was survived by his wife, Darlene, until February 15, 2008. He is now survived by his daughter, Linda and husband Gerald Duffus of Columbia, MO; grandson, Justin and wife Kathy Duffus and their children Nathaniel, Linea and Kelli of Nukesville, VA; granddaughter, Christine and husband John Grisamore and their son Easton of Fulton, MO; brother, Calvin and wife Penny Elliott of Kansas City, MO; sisters, Charlotte Brecht of Marysville, WA and Lou Pattenaude of Southgate, MI and many other treasured relatives.

From Memorial Folder of the Memorial Service at First Federated Church, Des Moines, Iowa.
Interment at Highland Memory Garden, Des Moines, Iowa.


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