Mount Ayr Record-News, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, January 10, 2002
OBITUARY - CLIFFORD DORMAN DOOLITTLE
Clifford Dorman DOOLITTLE, son of Harry Oscar and Gracie Leticia (DRISKEL) DOOLITTLE, was born in a log cabin near Davis
City, Iowa on March 8, 1921. He passed away, with family at his side, on December 31, 2001, at the Clearview Home in Mount
Ayr, Iowa after a long battle with Huntington's disease.
On June 15, 1937, Clifford married Ethel Arrena STILL. To this union three sons were born: Clifford LeRoy (Roy), Larry Leu
and Melvin Eugene. In 1958, Steven LeRoy DOOLITTLE, age 12, was warmly welcomed as the fourth son. Cliff and Ethel enjoyed
a wonderful 64 years of marriage.
Many of his early years were spent working for farmers in northern Iowa and around Des Moines. In 1953, they bought and
operated a farm four and one-half miles northeast of Kellerton, Iowa. In 1995, Cliff retired and moved into Kellerton.
Cliff devoted his life's work to farming with his Allis-Chalmer tractor and attending auctions at various sale barns
around the area. You could usually find him and Ethel at the sale barn in Mount Ayr on Tuesdays, at Lamoni on Thursdays
and at Creston on Fridays. You would have to call these his favorite hangouts.
While the boys were younger they helped on the family farm. Some of their fondest teenage memories are trying to get home
before he woke up in the mornings, but it seemed the later they got home the earlier he woke up to start the chores.
Cliff loved to pitch horseshoes and was ready to play a game of Pitch. In his earlier years he loved to dance and they
would attend many of the local dances on Saturday nights. A piece of pie was always a welcome sight for dessert.
He enjoyed many years living down the road from George and Louise ROGERS and Jason and Inez GARWOOD. Later when the ROGERS
and the GARWOODS moved away he enjoyed traveling to their new homes and spending days visiting them.
Another big highlight of his life were his nine grandchildren: Connie, Brenda, Valerie, Debra, Penni, Teena, Jeff,
Michele and Mark; 18 great-grandchildren: LaDawna, Michael, Chad, Travis, Tiffany, Terry, Troy, Ben, Aric, Amber, Katy, Koty,
Jeffrey, Cody, Chase, Stephanie, Dustin, Emilianne and Kraig; and four great-great-grandchildren: Aleigha, Tristan,
Darrian and Wyatt. He was a loving grandpa and enjoyed each and every one of them.
We will always remembers Grandpa wearing his striped bib-overalls and when he dressed up to go to dances. He would be
so excited that he would dance every dance and wear Grandma out. Then would come the granddaughters' turn to take over
for her so she could rest for the next set. His favorite songs were sung by Charlie PRIDE.
Cliff was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Clinton and Clyde DOOLITTLE; two sisters, Marie RINGENBURG and
Pearl BURRELL; and a son, Clifford LeRoy "Roy" DOOLITTLE.
He will be sadly missed by his wife Ethel; sons, Larry and wife Beth of Redding, Iowa, Melvin and wife Judy and Steve and
wife Janice, all of Kellerton; nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren;
sister-in-law Vesta DOOLITTLE of Des Moines; in-laws, George, Eldon and Ed STILL of Mount Ayr, Lee STILL of Muscatine,
Iowa, Leucena Kobbe and Joyce JOHNSON of Mount Ayr; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 5, 2002, at Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr with Pastor
Rick HAWKINS officiating. Casket bearers were Michael HARTSOOK, Chad HOLMES, Travis HOLMES, Mike STARK, Terry JOHNSON,
Troy JOHNSON, Ben HEWLETT, Aric HEWLETT and Jeffrey DOOLITTLE.
Honorary pallbearers were LaDawna DOOLITTLE, Tiffany JOHNSON, Amber HASH, Katy GRINDSTAFF, Koty HALE, Cody DOOLITTLE,
Chase DOOLITTLE, Stephanie PRITCHETT, Dustin PRITCHETT, Emilianne DOOLITTLE and Kraig DOOLITTLE.
Cliff was laid to rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Lamoni, Iowa.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010
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