Clifford Vernon Eslick, Sr., 82, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born Tuesday, March 13, 1928 in Henryetta, Oklahoma, the son of Harrison S. and Emma M. Eslick. He departed this life at 3:20 a.m. on Saturday, July 17, 2010 at his home in Pleasant Hill.
Clifford was a WWII and Korean War Veteran serving in the Army Air Corps. He was extremely proud of his grandson, Justin, who is a 2nd Lt. in the Army, serving in Iraq. Every morning Clifford would salute his grandson's picture.
On March 30, 1956, Clifford was united in marriage to Lillian C. Howe in Aullville, Missouri. He was a member of the Big Creek Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill, and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3118 in Pleasant Hill. He retired from Western Electric in 1981 and was a lifetime member of Telecom Pioneer. He enjoyed visits from his grandchildren, which incuded taking them fishing, playing endless hours of games and showereing them with unconditional love.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers George Eslick, Clarence "Babe", and Marvin; four sisters Gladys Pait, Ruth Hudson, Gertrude Sparks, and Bertha Gower.
He is survived by his loving and steadfast wife, Lillian of the home; three sons William (Donna) Eslick, Clifford (Darlene) Eslick, Jr., and Raymond (Brenda) Eslick; two daughters Della (Dale) Hircock and Cathy (Daniel) Schotte; one brother Lee (Wanda) Eslick; 15 Grandchildren; 13 Great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
His remarkable life touched so many friends and relatives. He will be remembered as a loving and kind husband, father, grandfather and friend. His infectious laugh will always be remembered and missed.
Funeral Services were held Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home. Reverend Todd MacLean of the Big Creek Baptist Church officiated.
Graveside military services were held in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3118 Honor Guard. Casket bearers were Chris Elliott, Clinton Eslick, Derek Eslick, Douglas Eslick, Justin Eslick, Allison Schotte, Brian Schotte and Matthew Snyder.
Donations may be made to the Big Creek Baptist Church Building Fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home.