Clifford William Searcy Jr.

Clifford William Searcy Jr., 65, passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at the University of Kansas Hospital, with his family at his side.

Cliff was born April 23, 1948, the son of Clifford and Helen (Paris) Searcy. He grew up in Independence, Mo. He attended and graduated from Truman High School in 1966. After graduation, Cliff was drafted into the Army where he served in Vietnam in Charlie Co 1-501, 101st Airborne Division from 1968-1969. Upon his return Cliff was married and to this union two sons were born.

When his boys were young, Cliff enjoyed coaching their little league football and baseball teams. He continued to enjoy watching them play sports as they grew up and later watching his grandchildren.

Cliff worked at Armco Steel, retiring in 2001. While working at Armco he was heavily involved in the union, and upon served as the grievance chairman.

Cliff, along with his brother, Namon, enjoyed taking Chad and Jeremy on hunting trips for quail and pheasant. He also enjoyed cooking, specifically BBQ. Cliff was a member of the Elk’s Club in Blue Springs, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clifford Searcy.

He is survived by his mother, Helen; his two sons, Chad and wife Karli, and Jeremy and wife Kelly; two grandsons, Chase and Kolt Searcy; three granddaughters, Hannah, Claire and baby Searcy; his brother, Namon and wife Connie Searcy; his sister, Debbie and husband Jerold Lafferty; aunts, uncles, nieces, great nieces and great nephews.

Visitation will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service begin at 1:30 p.m. after the visitation at the funeral home. Burial and military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.