He was born Aug. 11, 1922 in Bushong, Kan., the son of Irwin & Ora (Lininger) Kirby.
The family then moved to Bucyrus, Kan., where he attended grade school and graduated from Bucyrus High School.
Clifton graduated from Fort Scott Junior College in 1942.
He then enlisted and served in the Naval Air Force before transferring to the 7th fleet in the Pacific where he was assigned to the U.S.S. Banner A.P.A 60 until his discharge Dec. 17, 1945.
He married "Toppie" Kitchen on Oct. 3, 1943. She preceded him in death on Nov. 4, 1999.
Kirby worked as a Missouri Pacific switchman in the Fort Scott yard for a short while and then worked for the Western Insurance Company for 38 years and retired in 1983.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a life member of V.F.W. Olson-Frary-Burkhart Post 1165 and a member of the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary.
Survivors include two daughters, Elaine Kirby, and Carol Brown and husband, Danny, all of Fort Scott; two grandsons, Matthew Brown, of Lawrence, Kan., and Nathan Brown and wife, Vera, of Richmond, Va.; one great-grandson, Jacob Brown; one niece and several nephews.
Also surviving is long-time family friend, Crystal Mason.
In addition to his wife, Toppie, he was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Bonnie Jean Kirby.
Rev. Paul Babcock will conduct services Monday, June 7, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Fort Scott.
Burial will be in the National Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home Sunday, June 6, 2010 from 6:30 p.m to 8 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church or Hospice Compassus of 200 E. Centennial, Suite 2, Pittsburg, KS 66762, and may be left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home 15 W. Wall St., P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, KS 66701.
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