VeteranClifford Bushnell

Clifford BushnellClifford Bushnell, 93, of Springfield died Feb. 8, 2009, at St. John’s Hospice in Springfield.

He was born on Sept. 23, 1915, in Fulton County, near Astoria, a son of William “Roy” and Hettie M. Slaight Bushnell. He married Miriam A. Danner on Aug. 21, 1942, in St. Louis, Mo. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, James R. (and Mary) and Virgil (and companion Nancy Shanks), both of Pleasant Plains; one sister, Wanda (and Lloyd) Snowden of Canton; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Glen, Delbert, John and Eldon.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, stationed in the South Pacific. After the war, he worked for International Harvestor in Canton. After moving to Springfield in 1955, he served in the Illinois National Guard for 20 years, retiring in 1975.

He was an active member of First Church of the Brethren for over 50 years. He and Miriam performed numerous acts of community service, delivering holiday meals to those in need; involved in the “Meals on Wheels” program; and he was a member of Masonic Central Lodge #71 for 41 years, serving as worshipful master in 1977.

Arrangements are under the direction of Staab Funeral Home with visitation from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. There will be a Masonic Service at 6:45 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday with Pastor Kreston Lipscomb officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery where military services will be conducted by the Army.

Memorials may be made to his church or Masonic Central Lodge #71.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 2/11/2009