Clifford Kaylor

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EUGENE, Ore., — Clifford Dormire Kaylor, of Eugene, Oregon, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on May 17, 2016. He was 70. The cause of death was Agent Orange related cancer.

Born on April 13, 1946, in Sidney, Ohio, Cliff was the youngest of three children born to Maurice Elias Kaylor and his wife, Estella Mae, nee Dormire. Cliff graduated from Sidney High School in Sidney, Ohio, and the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Cliff was a combat infantry soldier in Vietnam, serving in the 4th Battalion, 12th Infantry of the 199th Light Infantry Brigade from 1967-1968, which included seven months in the jungle as a radio telephone operator (RTO). Cliff saw heavy combat on several occasions, including multiple engagements with the enemy during the Tet Offensive (1968) during which he saved his commander's life. Cliff helped create the Eugene Vet Center in 1980, where he worked as a readjustment counselor specializing in post traumatic stress disorder for 33 years until his retirement in 2013. His greatest passions were his work with fellow veterans and his family.

Cliff is survived by his wife, Phyllis Ann Kaylor, nee Mummey; his three children Christian Rogers Kaylor (wife Alder Kovorik), Kinsey Martin Kaylor (wife Diana Lee), Dolcie Elizabeth Niemi nee Kaylor (husband Eric Niemi); his step-daughter Christine Marie Stone nee Williams; his sister, Nancy Kaylor; two grandsons Keahi Kaylor and Izak Niemi and two step-grandsons Aaron Williams and Paul Stone IV as well as a grandson due in June and a granddaughter due in July; his former wife, Charlcie Kaylor nee Rogers. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jerry Franklin Kaylor.

A viewing is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, at Musgrove Mortuary, 225 S. Danebo, Eugene. The funeral service is scheduled at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, at Musgrove Mortuary with a reception following the service. Interment will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 23, at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Cliff's life. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Mercy Corp, Portland Oregon or the .

Arrangements entrusted to Musgrove Family Mortuary. Please access the obituary and you are invited to sign the guestbook at

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Published in Sidney Daily News from May 20 to May 21, 2016