Clifford Emil Bocksnick, 73, of Jamestown, Kansas, passed away on the morning of April 14th.
Clifford was born in Montana in 1947 and was the second son born to Thelma and Emil Bocksnick. He grew up helping on the family farm with his brothers Steve, Neal, Jim, Brian and Mike and sister, Cheryl. Through his high school years, he worked for the neighboring farmer and uncle that farmed as well. It was during these early years that Clifford developed his love for farming that lasted his entire life.
Clifford graduated High school in spring of 1966 and joined the US Marines in the fall of 1966. He became an airframes mechanic and specialized on the A-4 Skyhawk, CH-46 Sea Knight and UH-1 Iroquois.
After leaving the military Clifford jumped at the opportunity to join a custom harvesting crew leaving Texas and heading north to the Dakotas. This northern migration brought him to North Central Kansas and the town of Jamestown. After all his travels since leaving Montana, the determining factor for him returning to Jamestown, after the harvest was over, was that everyone waved when you met them on the road.
While living in Jamestown, Clifford worked a variety of different jobs; farmhand for several farmers, Coop station operator, over the road truck driver and superintendent for the City of Jamestown, just to name a few.
Clifford married Edie Czapanskiy in 1976 and four years later they welcomed a son, Lee. Clifford always wanted a child and was overjoyed to be blessed with a son. Little did he know that his son was going to be an incredibly hyperactive child as he grew up, always keeping everyone on their toes. Clifford and Edie went their separate ways in 1988. Even though things did not work out between them, they maintained a wonderful friendship and worked selflessly together to raise their son. Clifford loved Lee with all his heart and was so proud of him and his accomplishments as he blossomed into a young man.
Clifford was married a second time, to Cheryl Jibben, in the winter of 2002 and enjoyed several years together before they went down separate paths.
Clifford cherished the opportunity and responsibilities of being a stepfather to Rachelle, Josh, Pricilla and Nancy throughout the years. Loving each one as if they were his own.
Clifford had a kind and caring soul that pushed him to help others. He was a hard man to dislike because of the way he lived his life and will be missed by many.
Instead of flowers or memorials, Clifford would want you to carry out a random act of kindness for someone that’s going through tough times, as he did for so many over the years.
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