Roy “Clifford” Crist
Born to Roy Calvin and Helen Lucille (Gutschow) Crist in rural Miami County Kan., the oldest of the family, where he spent most of his life in the Gardner/Edgerton area. Clifford had an eighth grade education attending school at West Windy, Dead Head, Larrick, Antioch (1-Room Schoolhouses), and Edgerton schools.
Clifford is survived by his son Raymond Leroy Crist and wife Dee of Baldwin City, daughter Melody Renee Crist of Wellsville, brother Harold Dean Crist of Wellsville, and sister Norma Jean Runnells and husband Jerry of Gardner. 11 Grandchildren, Jennifer Newsom, Lance Crist, Aubrey Schneider, Harmonie Hiner, Misty Standifird, Nickolas Matile, Natali Harmon, Jason Yoss, Wayne Yoss, Jamie Yoss and Haley Meiring, along with 19 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, stepchildren and their families. Clifford was proceeded in death by a son, Damon Eugene Crist (age 17) in 1971, daughter Vicki Denise Crist (age 50) in 2013, wife Hester in 2013 and brother Charles Calvin Crist in 2010.
Clifford was a dad, grandpa, husband and a family man. Clifford loved playing the hip guitar and singing. He traveled the KC area and beyond following his favorite gospel groups, dragging his wife and daughters along.
He wore many hats, deacon of the church, a farm manager, later owning his own farm. He also was a sharecropper, farming five farms around the Edgerton area with his sons. He raised cattle and had a hog production, raising feeder pigs. He had a small dairy herd, milking by hand twice a day all of this while working a full-time job as maintenance man at Hercules Ammunition Plant. He later worked in experimental department, building and designing golf course equipment. He also owned a water hauling business, a snowplowing business (working for over 25 years at King Radio Corp. and many others).
In the early 70’s Clifford started a trucking business, hauling rock and dirt to homeowners, contractors and even had the contract with Johnson County Road and Bridge Department, spreading gravel on miles and miles of county roads. In the later 70’s he added excavation equipment to the business with the purchase of a 855 Case Track Loader, putting over 11,000 hours on it excavating trees, digging ponds, fixing terraces and waterways for local farmers and homeowners all over the KC Metro area. He was able to multitask, he could run the loader all the while doing home remodeling.
Clifford ended his hauling/excavating career at the age of 80 with the death of his wife Hester. His failing health took him to Good Samaritan Care facility where he passed of COVID-19 during the Pandemic of 2020.