Clifford Alfred “Shorty” Chipperfield of Benkelman passed away Friday, March 11, 2011, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman. He was 87 years old.
Cliff was born on September 9, 1923, in Cheyenne County, Kansas to Harold Mitchell and Hattie Maude (Merklin) Chipperfield. He graduated from Bird City High School, Bird City, Kansas in 1941.
He entered the US Navy on July 8, 1944 and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged on June 15, 1946.
On April 5, 1949, he was united in marriage to Dorothy E. Johnson in St. Francis, Kansas. To this union one son Lyle and daughter Betty were born. They made their home in Bird City where Cliff was a self-employed mechanic. They moved to Benkelman in 1990, and Cliff worked as a mechanic for Knowles Ford until his retirement.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Harold and Hattie Chipperfield; and daughter, Betty Mansfield.
Survivors include his wife of almost 62 years, Dorothy Chipperfield of Benkelman; son, Lyle Chipperfield of Kellogg, Idaho; one brother, Walter Chipperfield and wife, Fannie, of Atwood, Kansas; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Memorial services will be Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 10:00 a.m. MDT at the Trinity Baptist Church in Benkelman with Pastor Paul Folk and Marcine Farmer officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Benkelman Cemetery.
Friends may send condolences to the family at www.carpenterbreland.com
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.