Robert Clinton Clevinger

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Robert Clinton Clevinger September 23, 1932 – August 17, 2012 Born in Belcher, Kentucky September 23, 1932, to Lewis W. and Flossie Clevinger, he was the youngest surviving of 17 children. By the age of four he had lost both parents and was passed among his siblings during his growing up years. His niece, Betty Sue Owens, was like a sister to him. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the US Air Force and served in Korea and as a flight engineer in Viet Nam. In his 20 years of service he was stationed all over the world and traveled extensively. His love of flying never ceased and for many years he had and flew his private plane all across the Western states. In 1972, he moved with his wife, Margaret (Maggie) Clevinger, to Denver, CO. They were later divorced. In Denver he worked for the Rio Grande Railroad and shortly thereafter transferred to Grand Junction. He worked 20 years as a machinist and road mechanic for the Railroad before retiring. In 1984, he married Jane Allen. Their daughter, Amanda Jane Clevinger was born in 1986. His wife and daughter survive him as do three step-sons, Scott (Traci) Allen, and Paul (Laurie) Allen of Grand Junction, and Kristopher (Kim) Allen of Colorado Springs, CO; five grandchildren, Steven, Ashley, Hunter, Kayla and Karissa Allen; his sister, June Tackett of Orville Ohio; and niece, Betty Sue Owens. He loved flying, big game hunting, restoring old cars, and was always building or re-building something. He built several houses, raised cattle, gardened and could fix about anything. He loved his family his dogs, his beer and his buddies. He had a nick name for every one - some not so nice, but all in good fun. He was a strong and proud man, but cancer was stronger. He will be laid to rest at the Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Grand Junction, CO. at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22, 2012. Contributions can be made to the Wounded Warriors Foundation or the .
Published in The Daily Sentinel on Aug. 21, 2012
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