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Clay Eugene Coburn Sr.


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Clay Eugene Coburn Sr. Obituary
Clay Eugene Coburn Sr. Clay Eugene Coburn, Sr. of Leawood, Kansas, 89, passed away peacefully on July 26, 2018 at Villa St. Joseph. He was born August 12, 1928, to F. Dwight and Evelyn Gillis Coburn in Kansas City, Kan. He graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1946 and enlisted in the Marine Corps in order to serve his country in WWII. He subsequently attended both the University of Kansas and University of Missouri, Kansas City, formerly known as Kansas City University. In 1946, Clay married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Ludlow. Together they had four children and were married for 37 years until Nancy passed away suddenly at the age of 55. As he was trying to find his way through this loss, he found Patricia McBride, they married and were together for 34 years until his death. In the early 1950's Clay joined Stern Brothers & Co., and some 30 plus years later retired as the Executive Vice-President of that firm. In the interim, he worked for a variety of investment banking firms including Blyth & Co., Blyth Eastman Dillon, White Weld & Co and E F Hutton. While at Blyth Eastman Dillon, he served a stint on Wall Street as its National Institutional Sales Manager. After retiring from Stern Brothers, Clay and Pat moved South, spending most of their time in Florida. There Clay, always the salesman, became a real estate agent until he finally retired and moved to Leawood to be close to family. Clay loved to play golf and was a long-time member of Milburn Country Club. Clay is survived by wife Pat, daughter, Ann Coburn-Collins (James) of Bay City, Michigan, son, Clay E. Coburn, Jr. (Esther) of Prairie Village, Kansas, half-brother, Foster Dwight Coburn III of Loreto Bay, Mexico, eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy, his daughters, Sandra Kay Coburn and Karen Louise Stewart, both parents, his brother Donald, and his sisters, Jeanne Coburn and Marjorie Coburn Cain. A celebration of Clay's life will be held on Sunday, August 19th, at Millburn Country Club from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation, the or Kansas City Hospice.
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Published in Kansas City Star on Aug. 12, 2018
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