Clifford R. Craven

September 27, 2013 


Clifford R. Craven of Lee’s Summit, passed away at his home on Sept. 23, 2013 at age 85.

He was born Oct. 20, 1927 to Earl and Mary (Moffitt) Craven in Cowgill, Mo. He graduated from Cowgill High School in 1945. He served in both the Navy and the Marine Corps. Cliff attended William Jewell College for two years, then transferred to CMSU at Warrensburg, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1950. While at Warrensburg he met Loretta June Bozarth and they were married Aug. 11, 1950.

Cliff taught history and coached for two years at J.C. Penney High School in Hamilton, Mo. He received a Masters degree in Secondary School Administration from CMSU in 1955. He then took a job in Lee’s Summit as a P.E. teacher and coached football, basketball and track at Lee’s Summit Junior High. In 1962 he taught sixth grade at Westview Elementary School in Lee’s Summit and in 1963 was Principal at Greenwood Elementary School in Lee’s Summit. Cliff then transferred to the Independence School District in 1964 and was Principal at Oldham Elementary School. He opened William Southern Elementary School in 1966 and was Principal at both schools for the rest of that year. He remained at William Southern School for eighteen years. He retired in 1984 after 32 years in public education. Cliff became co-owner of Cliff and Ric’s Summit Automotive in Lee’s Summit around 1970. After retiring from education he worked there until 1998.

Cliff was a life-long member of the Community of Christ and served as Pastor of the Lee’s Summit congregation for many years.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Genevieve Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Loretta, of 63 years, a daughter, Diane Riffie, a son, Ron Craven, grandsons, John Hansen and wife, Christy, Aaron Riffie and wife Kyndal, great grandsons Caleb Hansen and Caz Riffie, brothers, Harold Craven of Warrensburg and Kenneth Craven of Liberty and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. at the Lee’s Summit Community of Christ, 1101 NE Independence Avenue, Sept. 28 with visitation following.

Memorial contributions may be made to Outreach International or Lee’s Summit Community of Christ scholarship fund.

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