Carl R. Clifton

April 2, 2013  

LOWVILLE, N.Y.  —  Carl R. Clifton, 87, formerly of Brookside Circle, died Tuesday morning, April 2, at Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility.

The funeral with Military Honors will be at noon Saturday, April 6, at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., 5702 Waters Road, Lowville with Jeffrey and Joyce Combs, pastors of Watertown Mennonite Church, officiating. Burial will be in First Mennonite Church Cemetery. Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the funeral home.

Born April 20, 1925, in Theresa, a son of the late Rex and Irene Dye Clifton, he graduated from Lowville Academy. 

Following graduation he served in the U.S. Army during World War II, Company A, Ninth Tank Battalion, 20th Armored Division, and 2nd Armored Division. He participated in the liberation of Dachau, Germany. 

On September 4, 1945, he married Charlotte Lehman, at her parent’s home in the town of Harrisburg. 

He worked as a mechanic at Northrup Motors in Watertown, and later owned and operated Clifton’s Garage in Watertown for many years.

Carl and his wife, Charlotte, were instrumental in starting Watertown Mennonite Church and the Agape Shoppe in Watertown.

He enjoyed hiking and climbing in the Adirondacks, camping, reading, woodworking and spending time with his family.

He enjoyed traveling with his wife.

Surviving are four daughters and sons-in-law, Cheryl and Nelson Thomas, Spencerport, Brenda and James Hawkins, Goshen, Ind., Marcia and Gary Robbins, Theresa, and Maureen and Wendell Zehr, Watertown; 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Widrick, Woodville; many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

He was predeceased by his wife, Charlotte, who died Jan. 26, 2010; two sisters, Ella Brotherton and Clara Lane; and a brother, Paul Clifton.

Contributions may be made to Watertown Mennonite Church, 19089 State Route 3, Watertown, NY 13601; or Mennonite Central Committee, 21 S. 12th Street, P.O. Box 500, Akron, PA 17501-0500.

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Information provided by Iseneker Funeral Home of Lowville and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.