John Wallace "Wally" Clifford
1946 - 2018
Clifford, John Wallace "Wally",

Age 71

Passed away peacefully Tuesday Jan 23, 2018 with his family by his side. He was born September 10, 1946 in Louisville, KY to Frank Clifford Jr and Irene Conniff Clifford.

Wally graduated from St. Xavier High School In 1965, and attended Western Kentucky University and Bellarmine University.

He served proudly in the United States Navy, and Completed two tours in the Mediterranean serving on the USS Concord AFS 5.

Wally Returned to Louisville and joined the family business, Clifford's Body Shop, and operated it for 40+ years.

Wally loved his family, friends, Gulf Shores Alabama and the Kentucky Wildcats.

Wally was preceded in death by his parents Frank Clifford Jr & Irene Conniff Clifford and brother in law, Sam Noe.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, Susan Riney Clifford; daughter Dani Clifford(Casey); step mother, Carole Tobey Clifford; sisters, Pat McTigue (Tom), Lynn Noe, Suzanne Altman (Ron); brothers Paul Clifford (Angela), Tom Clifford (Sue); step brother Greg Oberst (Maggie); many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Ratterman Funeral Home, 3711 Lexington Road "in St. Matthews" from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. Saturday with a Celebration of Life starting at 1p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Diabetes Association.

The family expresses their gratitude to The Cardiology, Vascular and Wound Care Centers at Baptist East Hospital.

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Published by Courier-Journal on Jan. 25, 2018.
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21 Entries
Susan, Dani, and family & friends: Still seems like yesterday. We miss that sense of humor and caring attitude. Truly one of a kind.
Sam and Nancy Alvey
January 19, 2021
Wally, you are an ever present memory of a friendship that we miss greatly! Can not believe it has almost been 2 yrs since you left us. We know you are still stirring it up- up there. Keep on "ba deeb, ba deeb, ba deebing" till we see you again! Love you, Nancy & Sam
Nancy & Sam Alvey
January 19, 2020
Miss you like you were here yesterday. As often as Nancy and I go to Heine Bros. I still think about you every time I walk in there. Funny, but youd think Kerns or Bambi would supply those memories, but havent been to either in many years/decades.

Miss seems by Susan and Danni but know youre keeping watch over them.

Love you man and miss you. Bi Dee bi Dee bi Dee!!!
Sam Alvey
January 19, 2020
Sweet Memories are forever
Lou Chapman
January 19, 2020
Thinking of you with love today dear Wally.
Lou Newnan
September 16, 2019
I just learned of your loss, my condolences,
Scott Caudill
September 15, 2019
For many years I worked away from my home, Louisville. I frequently returned and always stopped by Kern's; Wally was there often on Saturdays and he always made me feel welcome. We were classmates. Thank you Wally.
Wally # 2
January 29, 2018
we always think of WALLY as a Jolly Good Fellow ..with a wonderful big smile
our sympathy to his family
Sandy and Jerry Green
January 26, 2018
Fair winds and following seas to a fellow Minuteman.
Rest easy shipmate.
We have the watch.
First then, first now, first always.
RIP John.
Gary Haber
January 26, 2018
My family sends our deepest sympathy to Wally's family and friends! My parents spent many a fabulous winter in Gulf Shores AL in one of Wally's Condos. We always believed that he had a special place in his heart for them. My parents were Howie and Claire Kahl who passed away several years ago. They loved Wally!!
Again our sincere sympathy to Wally's family.
From Marty and Sissy Kamer.
January 26, 2018
one would be hard pressed indeed,to find a better man.

a joy to all who met him
howard rice
January 25, 2018
Many,many fond memories of Wally from over the years at Kern's and Gulf Shores. Everyone smiled, and had a good time, with Wally. That is quite a trait to have!!
Bob Kern
January 25, 2018
Wally was a good man. always treated me with respect when I worked for him. he will be missed.
my condolences to the family
Tommy Chumbley
January 25, 2018
Wally was a great cousin! Because he was 18 years older than me, he was really like a 'cool' uncle. I'll never forget driving to Texas in his Mercury with the crush velour seats when we were kids! He was always kind to our family and I know he held a special place in Dad's (uncle Jack's) heart. RIP Wally!
Joe Clifford
January 25, 2018
Your loss will sadden many including me! My condolences to the family!
Steve Randles
January 25, 2018
Friends since we were 14 years old, Wally helped create many fond memories. Always there for me and very generous with his time, I am proud to have known him. I'll miss you Wally. God speed.
Mike Carrico
January 25, 2018
a loved one
January 25, 2018
I have so many fond memories of Uncle Wally from the many nights he stayed at our house growing up, to our rides home from babysitting, to Gulf Shores and the list goes on. Heck, I have known him my whole life! I will never forget his warm smile or his one of a kind chuckle. Sending thoughts, prayers and love to Susan and Dani.
Emily Bailey Gregory
January 25, 2018
Wally was one of the funniest and sweetest people I've ever know.
Kitty Shay
January 25, 2018
Wally...the sweetest man I've ever known. What a joy to know this delightful dear soul. He will be missed forever. Our condolences and love to his family and friends. Lou and Bobby Chapman
Lou Newnan-Chapman
January 25, 2018
Safe journey on your new travels Wally. We will miss you greatly and love you dearly, forever.

Susan & Dani, you all are in our thoughts & prayers. Sending you love & big hugs.

Nancy & Sam
Nancy/Sam Alvey
January 24, 2018