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John Clifford "Cliff" McKarns

John Clifford "Cliff" McKarnsJohn Clifford "Cliff" McKarns, 93, of Salineville passed away Nov. 6, 2013, in Blossom Nursing Home in Salem.

Born Feb. 19, 1920, in East Liverpool, he was a son of Herman Hayes and Ethel Mae (Hull) McKarns.

He was a farmer and worked at B&W in Alliance and Summitville Tile for 35 years until he retired. He was a member of Bethesda Presbyterian Church, a school board member of East Local in Carrollton Schools, and a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge in Salineville. Besides farming, he enjoyed his horses and coon hunting. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Force as a staff sergeant.

He is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis Ann (Ruff), whom he married Dec. 31, 1984; a son, James C. McKarns of Salineville; two stepsons, Thomas (Lorrine) Norris of Hanoverton and Jerry (Debbie) Norris of Minerva; three daughters, Carole (Bud) Thorne of Salineville, Jane (Gary) Mardis of Mechanicstown, and Pat Kelly of Kensington; two stepdaughters, Noreen (Gary) Peterson of Beloit and Tracey (Earl) Pierson of Minerva; a sister, Cora Booth of Lisbon; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; 10 step grandchildren; and 30 step great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mildred Irene (Skinner) who he married Nov. 10, 1941, and who passed away June 22, 1980; a daughter, Donna Harsh; and three sisters, Mary Clark, Doris Watson, and Jean Kelley.

A funeral service was held Nov. 9 at the Allmon-Dugger-Cotton Funeral Home in Carrollton with Pastor Tom Allmon and Bob Laughlin officiating. Burial followed in the Bethesda Cemetery with full military honors.