His parents were Thomas and Nona (Bandy) Cravens. He grew up in Herrin, Il, attended Bandyville Elementary School and graduated from Lyndon, KS High School in 1932. He attended the University of Colorado for 2 years. On January 29, 1938 he married Dorothy Baxley in Lyndon, KS. Cliff was a Jobber and Distributor for Skelly Oil Company in Kansas and retired to Estes Park in 1978 and moved to Estes Park in May, 1981. He was a charter member of the Lyndon Lions Club, Elks Lodges in Ottawa, KS and Boulder, CO, Shriners and a 32 Degree member of Euclid Masonic Lodge # 101 of the A.F. & A.M. in Lyndon, KS. Dorothy died in 1988. Cliff is survived by his daughter Dana (Gibson) Pearis of Belton, MO; grandchildren Scott Hamilton(Carrie), Todd Hamilton, Darren Hamilton (Jennifer), Lacinda Kramer, Randal Atherton (Cheryl), Rodney Atherton (Elly), Bradley Atherton (Alicia), William Atherton (Tammy), Bret Cravens, Brian Cravens, Brooke Funk (Matt) and step grandson Mike Pearis (Dottie).
He is also survived by 23 great grandchildren, 4 step great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren, nephews Jim Wischropp (Ellen) of Lyndon, KS, Doug Wischropp (Barbara) of Overland Park, KS and David Wischropp (Cathy) of Topeka, KS, former sons in law Robert Atherton of Longmont, CO and Albert Hamilton of Lee’s Summit, MO and daughter in law Carol Cravens of Lenaxa, KS. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, sisters Midge Wischropp and Jane Bonjour, son Richard Cravens, daughter Janis Atherton and nephews Terry and Mike Bonjour.
The family will receive friends on Saturday morning September 21, 2013 at Allnutt Funeral Chapel from 10:00 to 11:00 when a memorial service will take place to celebrate Cliff’s life. Memorial contributions may be made to the Estes Park United Methodist Church Building Fund in care of Allnutt Funeral Service 1302 Graves Avenue Estes Park, CO 80517. See www.allnutt.com to send a message to Cliff’s family.