6 N Main • Caldwell, KS • 620-845-6424
Clifford Kirk Williams
November 2, 1952 ~ November 6, 2018
Clifford Kirk Williams passed away November 6, 2018 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He was admitted with an acute case of pneumonia.
Kirk was born in Caldwell, Kansas on November 2, 1952 to James (Jim) and Kathryn (Carter) Williams. He was the second of five children born to this union. He had a big brother Steve, younger sister Tonya, little brother Jimmy and really younger sister Lori. He grew up on the family farm west of Caldwell and attended Bailey School during his childhood and went on to Caldwell to finish his education. He was baptized in the Caldwell Presbyterian Church where he attended Sunday School during his youth. He graduated from Caldwell High with the Class of 1970.
Kirk was born into a large family with his cousins Galen Williams, Wade Williams, and LuAnn Williams becoming his family “gang” since they were all about the same age. Kirk was usually the instigator of all their shenanigans of which LuAnn was appalled and did not take part! He loved the outdoors and spending time at the low water bridge fishing and hunting and swimming. He terrorized the rest of his cousins by training a bunch of turkey gobblers to chase them up a hayloft, windmill or the closest tree screaming for help. His big brother Steve was always there to save the day and put Kirk in a chokehold until he called them off.
Shortly after graduation Kirk joined the military and became a Marine. His military career was quite impressive during his 21 plus years of serving his country before being honorably discharged. He was awarded the Sharpshooter Rifle Badge, the Sharpshooter Pistol Badge and the National Defense Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal and a Meritorious Unit Commendation Award as well as other commendations. He served as an Embassy Security Guard for several years to the Ambassador to Jakarta Indonesia. He was a Marine Corp, Field Artillery Sergeant Major E B.
While stationed in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, he married Susan Stafford and had a son named Clifford Williams on July 19, 1981. His son Cliff was always the highlight of his life. He kept his picture beside him at all times and he beamed when he spoke of him.
After his discharge he returned to Kansas where he made his home until his death.
He is survived by one son, Clifford Williams of Kentucky; one brother, Jim Williams of Okeene, Oklahoma; and one sister, Lori Cummings of Wellington, Kansas; many nieces, nephews, and cousins as well as his aunts, Betty Frazier, Gwen Rice and Kathy Risley.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Kathryn (Katie) Williams; brother Steve Williams and sister Tanya Wilson, as well as grandparents, Kelly and Neva Carter and Clifford and Addie Williams.
A memorial graveside service will be held 3:00 p.m. Friday, November 16, 2018 at the Caldwell City Cemetery, Caldwell, Kansas.