Winston Harold Clisham
Shreveport, LA - Winston Harold "Clish" Clisham, age 93, of Shreveport, LA died on August 13th, 2014 at "The Glen" Retirement Center, in Shreveport LA. He was born on July 29th, 1921 in Oliver, GA to parents Dahlia Everett Clisham and Thomas Jefferson Clisham. Clish grew up in California and was an avid athlete, playing guard on his high school football team and an oarsman on his college rowing team. College plans were interrupted with the outbreak of WWII. He entered flight training school with the Army Air Corps in 1943. After graduation, he joined the 12th Army Air Corps Bomb Wing stationed in England where he flew A-20 bombers and participated in the D Day invasion at Normandy. After the invasion of Europe, he flew bomber and reconnaissance support for ground troops advancing through France and Germany. After the war, he returned stateside and continued his military career as a pilot and civil engineer. He met his wife, Antoinette, while stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base. Clish traveled the world as a civil engineer to sites in India, Pakistan, Korea, and Germany where he built dams and airfields in support of the mission of the United States Air Force. He also had the honor of serving as one of the pilots of "Air Force One" for President Lyndon Johnson. "Clish" served his country for 30 years, retiring as a Colonel in the United States Air Force. After retirement he moved to Shreveport where he continued working as a civil engineer for Henry C. Beck & Demopoulis and Fergueson. He was an avid woodworker & woodcarver. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Shreveport. To his wife, he was a loving life partner and companion for 67 years of marriage. To his children and grandson he was father, grandfather, coach, chef, troop leader, storyteller, jokester, mechanic, friend, and Mr. Fixit. He will be greatly missed.
Clish was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Dahlia; sister and brother-in-law, Bernice & Ted Witowich; and brother, Thomas Clisham.
Clish is survived by his spouse, Antoinette Nattin Clisham; his children, Joe R. Clisham and spouse, Trisha of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, Paul Ronald Clisham of New Orleans, LA, and Debbie Nims and spouse, Gene Nims, of Shreveport, LA; and grandson, Brian Nims of Shreveport, LA. He is also survived by two nephews, Ted and Kathie Witowich, and Stephen and Chris Witowich of La Mirada, California.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, August 16th at 10 AM at Forest Park Cemetery -St. Vincent. The service will be officiated by Reverend Rhodes Stipp of First Presbyterian Church. A brief visitation will follow the funeral at the grave site.
Memorial donations for Mr. Clisham may go to the First Presbyterian Church of Shreveport, 900 Jordan Street, Shreveport, LA 71101, or the charity of donor's choice.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of The Glen and Preferred Care at Home for their wonderful care.
Osborn Funeral Home - Shreveport
3631 Southern Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71104
Published in Shreveport Times from Aug. 15 to Aug. 16, 2014