Entered into Life October 25, 1913. Entered into Rest October 19, 2013.
Graduated from North High School in 1931. Entered Ohio State University College of Pharmacy in 1931. Graduated from there in 1940. Drafted in January, 1941 and sent to Camp Shelby, MS to join the 37th Infantry Division of Ohio. After Pearl Harbor an Army order that all college graduates were encouraged to attend OCS schools. Clifton was sent to Ft. Benning, GA to the Infantry School after graduating in class 11, was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry. After training troops for 2.5 years, Clifton was promoted to 1st Lieutenant, then to Captain. Clifton was sent to Camp Houze, TX to join the 103rd Infantry Division to be the Company Commander of Company L 410 Infantry Division. Transferred then to Marseilles, France with over 500 miles of fighting through France, Germany to Innsbruck, Austria. He was promoted to Major, Infantry in January 1947. Clifton was awarded the Silver Star for Gallantry in Action, the Bronze Star for Heroism, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantry Badge with 3 Battle Stars. Clifton did the best of his ability for Company L 410 Infantry to win that war. He was recalled for the Korean War for 1.5 years and sent to Fairbanks, AK. He married Vivian Ruth Richeson on May 25, 1947. He was the owner and operator of Physicians & Surgeons Pharmacy for 17 years in Columbus, OH. Clifton and Vivian moved to Tucson, AZ in June 1967 for health reasons. Clifton was the Pharmacist for Tucson Medical Center for 5 years, then Tucson General Hospital for 5 years prior to retiring.
Preceded in Death by his loving wife Vivian Ruth Whipps. Survived by son, Steven Philip Whipps, daughter Susan Ruth Russo (Martin), granddaughters Diana Jeanne Kempel (Brandon) and Stephanie Romero (Danny), grandson Thomas David Russo (Carolyn), sisters Lois Mae Billingsley (Ted) and Martha Jean Caliguiri, brothers Ernest Ray Whipps (Betty Jean) and Carl Edgar Whipps (Emma Jean).