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Clifford D. Edwards

Published on -4/11/2014, 10:07 AM

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Clifford Duane Edwards, 80, died Thursday, April 10, 2014.

He was born Jan. 20, 1934, in Atwood to Murray and Maude Edwards. He was a high school graduate of Atwood.

He married Neva LouAnn Morgan in 1954. He graduated from Fort Hays Kansas State College in 1958 and was selected as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and Teaching Fellow at the University of Michigan. After earning his doctorate, he served as a professor of English and department chairman at Fort Hays State University (1963 to 1969; 1974 to 1999) and at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (1969 to 1974). He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955 and later served seven years as a mission pilot with the Civil Air Patrol.

He especially enjoyed teaching American literature and doing scholarly research and publication in his chosen field of study. He was a devout Christian.

He was a member of Celebration Community Church, Hays.

He was an avid reader and enjoyed music, especially playing the guitar, banjo and piano to his father’s old-time fiddling, and playing music and singing with his family and friends. An aviation enthusiast, he enjoyed flying, construction and remodeling projects for his family.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Mark Edwards and wife, Patty, Manhattan; two daughters, Marilyn Engel and husband, Bruce, Hays, and Cecily Hill and husband, Paul, Rockaway, N.J.; a sister, LoRita Hilmes and husband, Ralph, Montrose, Colo.; a brother-in-law, Paul Brown, Goodland; 11 grandchildren, Cara Rignell and husband, Lonnie, Riley, Caleb Edwards and Mariel Edwards, both of Manhattan, Lorita Edwards Davis and husband, Kane, Manhattan, Lee Stroup, Kansas City, Laura, Landon and Layton Stroup, all of Hays, Ryan Hill and wife, Jasmine, Fort Campbell, Ky., Olivia Hill, Florence, Ala., and Austin Hill, Rockaway; three step-grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Shirley Brown.  

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Celebration Community Church, Hays; burial will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Chardon Cemetery, rural Rawlins County.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, and from 10 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to Fort Hays State University Foundation and designated to the Department of English.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.
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