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Clifford E. Elcock

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Clifford E. Elcock

Clifford Elcock, 90, of rural Lennox, SD passed away on September 13, 2017 while surrounded by family at Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls, SD. His funeral service will be 1:00 PM Tuesday, September 19 at Faith Temple Church, Sioux Falls, with burial at Lennox Cemetery. Visitation starts at 5:00 PM Monday, September 18 at George Boom Funeral Home & Crematory, Sioux Falls, where the family will greet friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Clifford Eugene Elcock, son of Edward and Remda (Schneiderman) Elcock, was born September 7, 1927 on a farm south of Lennox, SD. He attended Bennett School and grew up working hard on the farm with his parents and brothers.

Clifford was united in marriage with Phyllis Conklin in a beautiful church wedding on June 8, 1951 in Sioux Falls, SD. He attended Christian Workers Institute (a Bible college) where he participated in the school's activities and was the bass singer in a men's quartet. Clifford and Phyllis his wife also sang duets on their pastor's radio broadcast, "Your Bible Hour". One highlight of college was a trip to Little Rock, AR to attend an evangelistic meeting where he had the privilege of being the evangelist's body guard. Clifford graduated from college in 1952.

Clifford and Phyllis moved back to his parents' farm where he was born and which was homesteaded by his grandparents. They lived in their brand-new mobile home and 9 years later moved into the farm house. They were blessed with 3 girls Joanne, Debra, and Karen.

Clifford enjoyed farming and raised Black Angus bulls that they sold for over 50 years. They had good deep wells (over 470 feet deep) that supported their business of delivering water to people's cisterns. Clifford also had a cream and egg route. He served as the Grant Township clerk for over 17 years which he enjoyed.

Clifford also enjoyed restoring tractors. Another of his accomplishments was building a large (over 20 feet tall) Dutch windmill made from an old nearby bridge that was taken down. On the tail of the windmill, he created a large Black Angus bull. While raising the family, he enjoyed vacations together, fishing trips, and especially trips to Hawaii, Florida, and California. Church was always an important part of Clifford's life and he was very interested in discussing end time events as he visited with people. The Bible was important to him and he read it through 13 ½ times. Clifford had a sense of humor, loved making people laugh, and enjoyed visiting with all different kinds of people. He was a loving, caring, and supportive husband, dad, grandpa, and great grandpa. Clifford was greatly loved and will be missed by all family and friends.

Grateful for having shared his life are his loving wife of 66 years, Phyllis; three daughters, Joanne (Toby) Curry, Sioux Falls, Debra (Kerry) McGregor, Benton, KY, Karen (Bob) Sproul, Harrisburg, SD; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Faith Temple Food Give Away or a in Clifford's memory. Online guestbook at
Published in The Argus Leader on Sept. 17, 2017
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