On Monday, March 3, 2014, Gary Brent Clifford, 69, went to his heavenly home. One of Gary's daily worship routines was to send an email devotion to 50 plus individuals. He ended each one with "Have a Christ centered day." That is how he lived his life. His failing health made the daily trips to the computer more difficult and after 16years, he sent his last devotional entitled "Dress Rehearsal for Heaven" by David Jeremiah. Gary knew his earthly time was drawing to a close and he was prepared and looking forward to leaving the trials of dealing with many health problems he endured for a long time.
Born Aug. 29, 1944 to Lowell and Dorotha Miller Clifford, after 10 years of marriage, the Clifford's were delighted with the birth of their first child. Gary's earliest years were spent in the Fairview and Harrison townships. When he was in the first grade, his family bought a farm east of Orange. Gary loved growing up on the farm. Every day on the farm was an adventure. He learned to drive a John Deere tractor and worked with his dad in the fields at very early age. Gary participated in 4-H for 10 years, completing many projects. He was a charter member of the Buckaroos Horse and Pony 4-H Club. He loved showing Star and Princess, his horses and won numerous showmanship awards. The Fayette County Fair was always a highlight of the summer for him.
He became active in youth baseball going through the progression to the American Legion teams. He was an outstanding pitcher. Because of the fire that destroyed the Orange School, Gary attended Rushville High School for four years and was a member of the class of 1962, the first class to attend all four years in the "new school." He served as a class officer three of the four years. Living in Fayette County, he found himself facing his RHS teammates in summer baseball as he played in the Fayette County programs. He made the All-Star team and wanted to continue playing baseball in college, but injuring his arm he was not able to. Gary lettered in cross country, football and basketball at RHS. After attending Indiana University for two years, he accepted a clerk position with the FBI working in Indianapolis in preparation for further training to become an FBI Agent. Having married Paula Dolan in 1964, he decided not to continue with the FBI, moving to Columbus where he spent 39 years. Gary was employed many years as a purchasing agent for Arvin Industries. Later, he worked in real estate, being a licensed broker and appraiser. Eventually, he became self employed managing a small property management and contracting business.