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Clifton Curtis Atwood

August 6, 1930 ~ April 30, 2022 (age 91)

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Clifton Curtis Atwood, 91, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away peacefully on April 30, 2022.   

Clif was born on August 6, 1930 in Liberty, Kentucky to the late Gilbert and Ether (Grant) Atwood.  

Clif is a combat veteran of the Korean War, where he attained the rank of Sergeant E-5 in the Army.  A peaceful man by nature, he dutifully answered the call of Uncle Sam and proudly served his country.    

Clif retired from Westvaco in 1993 after 25 years. The company benefitted from his strong work ethic and Clif was well-known for having never clocked in late or clocked out early.  He did, however, miss two days work in his 25 years there - both for family emergencies - perhaps the only thing more important to him than work.   

Clif enjoyed his long retirement.  He spent his summers soaking up the sun in his backyard which is home to beautiful flower gardens tended by his wife and a vegetable garden that was his pride and joy.  Growing over 100 tomato plants each season, he kept his family and friends supplied with the best tomatoes in Indiana.   Each year he waged a battle with squirrels to keep them out of his garden and away from his tomatoes, because they would repeatedly take one bite and then, realizing they don’t like tomatoes, drop the ruined leftover.  He did however, love to attract birds to his backyard, where he would sit so peacefully that a hummingbird would drink nectar right from his hand.   Winters were spent watching westerns, working jigsaw puzzles gifted to him by grandchildren, and waiting for Spring to arrive. 

Clif is survived by his dear wife of 70 years, Edith Ruth (King) Atwood and daughters, Charlotte Quebe (Ron) of Whiteland, Indiana, Teresa Thullen (John) of Nineveh, Indiana, Beverly Taylor (David) of Indianapolis, Indiana and Lisa Girdley of Glen Allen, Virginia.  Clif also leaves seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, one sister, Barbara Grzanke of Cincinnati, Ohio and many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, Clif was preceded in death by brothers, Clyde and Charles and sisters, Emmaleen Allen and Wanda Luttrell. 

The family is heartbroken by this loss, but they know that if there is a garden in Heaven, Clif is hard at work and loving every minute of it. 

At Clif’s request there will be no funeral or service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wheeler Mission of Indianapolis, an organization that Clif supported for many years. 

Final Arrangements have been respectfully entrusted to Norman F. Chance Funeral Home and Cremation Service

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