Clifford Vernon Haver, II

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Clifford Vernon Haver, II, age 58, passed away March 16, 2017, from ALS.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 1 at 2:00 p.m. at the Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, Kan.

Cliff was born Feb. 7, 1959, in Kansas City, Mo., to James Michael Haver and Joann Marie Close Haver. As a boy, Cliff divided his time between Eagle Rock and Cassville, Mo. He especially loved playing on the Roaring River and Table Rock Lake. Cliff was an excellent student, Student Council Secretary, and star athlete. He played several sports, but his greatest joy was playing football. Post graduation, Cliff joined the Army and was stationed in Hawaii. He was awarded the “Good Conduct Medal” for his outstanding service as Military Police. He was an important member of the Army’s football team, where he was a stand-out quarterback. After he completed his service to our country, Cliff moved to Los Angeles. Always looking for a new challenge, Cliff had many interesting occupations: he attended a well-known acting school, played on a semi-pro football team, and was a member of the prisoner transport team for the U.S. Marshall Services. Physical fitness was the most important part of Cliff’s daily life. Despite being diagnosed with both ALS & Parkinson’s, he maintained his challenging exercise and lifting routines. He was devoted to eating a healthy diet but was known to enjoy his sweets. His faith provided him comfort and guidance through difficult times and kept his spirits up. He refused to let his diagnosis get in the way of living and loving his life. He was fortunate to have so many friends and family members by his side to provide love and comfort, tell stories, and, of course, watch football.

The family would like to express its gratitude to the staff and volunteers of the Kansas City Veterans Administration and The Paralyzed Veterans of America (Kansas City Office). Their professionalism and care was second to none. In addition, we would like to thank The Landon Center On Aging, The ALS Association (Mid-America Chapter) and St. Luke’s Hospice. The care they provided went above and beyond expectations. Everyone involved made such a positive difference in his life, and he never forgot their words of encouragement.

Cliff was preceded in death by his parents. His survivors include: his aunt Dorothy Conard, of Kansas; his brother, Steven Hutchins, of Missouri; his sisters, Gloria (Bob) Bouchard, of Fla., and Noelle (Benny) Urrutia, of Missouri; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Village Church Food Pantry 6641 Mission Road Prairie Village, KS 66208. Christian burial will take place at a later date at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Hiawatha, Kan. Arrangements: Reflections 816.561.0101