Clifford Fairfield “Cliff” Rison, 87, of Lima, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, at his residence in Lima, and joined the love of his life.
He was born June 1, 1924, to Chloe Evick Rison Rohrbacher and Clifford Gaylord Rison, in Lima.
He married Laura M. Reineke on Aug. 19, 1947, in Lima, and she died Aug. 3, 2011, after more than 65 years of everlasting love.
He attended South High School until his family moved and then attended Cridersville High School, graduating in 1942. He attended Ohio University, in Athens.
Mr. Rison was a member of St. Gerard Catholic Church, in Lima, and was a former member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, in Wapakoneta.
Cliff was a Navy veteran and served proudly during World War II.
He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1275, and its Military Order of Cooties; the Navy Club of the United States of America; and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, in Lima.
Cliff, along with his wife, Laura, was a long-time active and willing volunteer with the VFW, including the flag ceremony at the funerals of many VFW veterans.
He had previously worked at Westinghouse as an apprentice Tool & Die maker after the war and had worked at the Lima Refinery.
He retired from Ford Motor Company where he worked in a select class as a gage maker for the Tool & Die makers.
Mr. Rison’s hobbies included, woodworking, telling stories and jokes, and enjoying the company of his family and friends at the VFW and Fat Jack’s Pizza.
Cliff was an avid football fan, especially of The Ohio State University Buckeyes. He was a very devoted and loving husband, brother, uncle and friend.
He is survived by two sisters, Joy M. (Charles) Carr, of Gautier, Miss., and Josephine (Lewis) Neff, of Lima; two brothers, Charles (Gwen) Rohrbacher, of Delphos, and Jay Rohrbacher, of Lauderhill, Fla.; many nieces and nephews; and great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a stepfather, Albert Rohrbacher.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Gerard Catholic Church, in Lima, with the Rev. Jim Szbonya officiating. VFW Post 1274 is to present military rites.
The family plans to accept friends from noon to 4 p.m. Monday at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Shawnee Chapel, where a parish wake service is to be held.
Internment is to be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, in Wapakoneta.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post of 1275; Masses at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church; the American Cancer Society; or the Dominican Sisters of Peace.