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Clifford Lawrence Bitikofer
Birth: Dec. 6, 1928
Canton
McPherson County
Kansas, USA
Death: Apr. 8, 2003
Hesston
Harvey County
Kansas, USA

Clifford Lawrence Bitikofer was born in Canton, Kansas, the youngest of 10 children of Fred and Martha Bitikofer.

From an early age Clifford enjoyed tinkering, gardening, building, and fixing things around the family farm. He attended school in Canton, and at the Hesston Academy. Drawings and homework saved from that time indicate a talent for precision and detail, especially with mechanical and technical subjects.

At an early age he confessed faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized into the church at the Spring Valley Mennonite Church in rural Canton. His faith was central to all he did, and he lived it out in the fruits of his labor.

He served as a conscientious objector during the Korean war, at the Topeka State Mental Hospital (following WWI, young men who belonged to historic "peace" churches were offered alternatives to combat during war time, such as firefighting, medical service and other work). He described this as a harrowing and dangerous work. Through one of his fellow C.O.s he met a sister, Elizabeth R. Bartel of Meade, Kansas, whom he married in 1955. The story is that Liz's father did not accept Clifford at first, as Clifford did not speak German as did Liz's family. Liz said she married him anyway and there were no further problems.

Clifford and Elizabeth had five children: Kathleen (Dana) Neff, Eugene Bitikofer (stillborn), Lynette (Andrew) Stoeppler, Kristine (Joseph) Griffioen, and Mervin Royce (Catherine Coon) Bitikofer. Eugene's grave is also in the Spring Valley cemetery.One grandson, Nathan Stoeppler, joined him in death in 2007.

Clifford loved to travel. He and Elizabeth visited all of the lower 48 U.S. States during their lifetime together. He worked as a builder, carpenter, salesperson at Kropf Lumber in Hesston. After retirement he did extensive grounds maintenance at Cross Wind Conference Center in Hesston, and at the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains. One of his enduring projects is the computer lab at Flint Hills Christian School in Manhattan, Kansas. The computer table and shelves are still in use today. He enjoyed the outdoors, and playing with his 16 grandchildren. He was always open to taking the families to interesting places and "treating". One of his favorite indoor pastimes was playing the harmonica.

He and Elizabeth were active participants at Whitestone Mennonite Church, and later at Hesston Inter-Mennonite Fellowship.

He passed away on April 8 after a brave battle with prostate cancer, at Schowalter Villa where he had been a resident for less than a week. Many family members were present, and others had been to see him the weekend before he passed.

He had been working, mowing, three weeks prior to his death, a testimonial to his hardy and persistent spirit.

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THANK YOU and Blessings! to friends who share their tributes here. I wish I could thank you all, each time.
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 Parents:
  Frederick Bitikofer (1889 - 1969)
  Martha Loucks Bitikofer (1892 - 1985)
 
 Children:
  Eugene Ray Bitikofer (1958 - 1958)*
 
 Siblings:
  Chester Melvin Bitikofer (1912 - 1999)*
  Mabel Bitikofer Nunemaker (1913 - 1978)*
  Paul Martin Bitikofer (1914 - 1973)*
  Franklin Charles Bitikofer (1917 - 1917)*
  Henry E. Bitikofer (1919 - 2006)*
  Ralph Owen Bitikofer (1923 - 2013)*
  Clifford Lawrence Bitikofer (1928 - 2003)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Married July 28, 1955 Ps. 23 Kathleen - Eugene - Lynette - Kristine - Mervin
 
Burial:
Spring Valley Mennonite Cemetery
Canton
McPherson County
Kansas, USA
 
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Record added: Jun 06, 2010
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