Joseph Maxwell 'Max' Clifton, 85, was born August 22, 1915, in Versailles, Missouri, and passed away, after a brief illness, on July 12, 2001. He was the son of Joseph M. Clifton and Eva Stockton Clifton. He was preceded in death by his wife of thirty-eight years, Marie Ball Clifton; his brother, Richard Clifton; and his sister, Lucy (Lloyd) Turpin. He is survived by his wife of seventeen years, Maude Hourigan Clifton; daughters, Sue (Reg) Landrum and Phyllis (Richard) Riesner; granddaughters, Jennifer Landrum, Amy (John) Kunstle, Kristen Chavez, and Julianne (Joseph) Dickerson; great-grandchildren, Mitchel Chavez, James Kunstle and Kaitlyn Bryan; sisters, Frances (Ralph) Dornan and Kathryne (Joe) Wolf; sister-in-law, Betty (Richard) Clifton; step-niece, Susan (Kenneth) Bretthorst; and great-niece, Angela (David) Gusky. Max also loved many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends. Max started his business career as a partner in a shoe store in his hometown with his brother Richard. World War II intervened sending him to Kansas City to work in an ordnance plant. After the war he began a career in merchandising with Mercantile Stores which took him throughout the east and south and finally settling in Pueblo, Colorado. After retirement he began a new career as owner of KFEL Radio station, a director/owner of Pueblo Boulevard Bank, and partner in Clifton-Landrum Motors. He was a Mason, a member of the Rotary Club, an active supporter of the Pueblo YMCA, and a devoted church member. He will lie in state at the funeral home Sunday from 2 until 4 p.m. The casket will remain closed at the funeral service. The funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2001, at St. Paul Methodist Church, 107 E. Routt, with Pastor Timothy Goettel officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make contributions to the Pueblo YMCA, the Pueblo YWCA, or St. Paul Methodist Church in care of the funeral home office.

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