On June 25, 2018, Clifford Leroy Sample passed away at 11:06 pm. He is survived by his wife, Marie, three children, Dan (Kenzie), John (Lena), and Heather (Mike), and five grandchildren, Taylor, Christopher, Jocelyn, Veronica, and Little John.
He will be remembered as a loving man who was fiercely protective and devoted to his family. Cliff delighted in spending whatever time he could with his wife and children, and absolutely doted upon his grandchildren. Working first in the Army and then as an over-the-road truck driver, his jobs often took him away from home for long periods of time, but he always strove to be there for special events, holidays, or emergencies. He would not hesitate to inform his superiors that his family needed him, and he was going, whether they liked it or not.
He was never afraid to voice his opinion on anything. Preferring plain and direct speech, he took great pride in having little or no tact when he did. Cliff was a man of strong convictions. When he believed in something, it was with his whole heart and he did not care who knew about it.
Cliff was also a man blessed to be able to live his dreams. Growing up, he wanted to serve in the Army because of a strong sense of patriotism instilled in him by his own father. He also wanted to drive an 18-wheeler, and to work in Real Estate. After graduating Herbert Hoover High School in Des Moines, IA in 1976, he enlisted and served in the Army for 18 years. He later drove 18-wheelers for over a decade, putting over one million miles on the various trucks he drove. In between, he studied for and passed the exams required to be a Real Estate Agent.
He accomplished all these things while being married to his High School sweetheart. They celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary on June 21, 2018. With Marie, he raised three children whom he loved whole-heartedly.
No one’s life is all butterflies and rainbows, but Cliff would be the first to admit that he was supremely blessed. He loved his life and he loved his family, but he never feared death, as he trusted completely in the promise of his Savior, Jesus. He modeled and passed this same faith to his children who, though they will miss him tremendously, look forward to seeing him again one day in Glory.
Graveside services with full military honors will be at 2:00 pm Thursday, July 5, 2018 at Missouri Veterans Cemetery under the care of Greenlawn Funeral Home East. Visitation will be from 12:00 to 1:30 pm Thursday prior to the service.