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Clifford F. Gaines

January 10, 1930 — February 28, 2024


Clifford F. Gaines

Clifford F. Gaines, 94, of Shelbyville, passed away,  Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at his home.

He was born January 10, 1930, in Shelbyville, the son of Herbert and Hazel (Coppel) Gaines.  On January 12, 1959, he married Ruth Marie Purtlebaugh, and she preceded him in death on January 1, 2021.

Clifford is survived by his children, Lisa Matney and husband, Roger, Bret Gaines, and Sabrena Gaines, all of Shelbyville; sisters, Virginia Ray and husband, Richard, of Indianapolis, Paula Cochran and husband, Mike, of Shelbyville, and Carol Wagner and husband, Steve, of Shelbyville; grandchildren, Halee Mathies and husband, Mitchell, Clifford Floyd, and Courtney Floyd; great-grandchildren, Callen Floyd, Alice Floyd and Maverick Mathies; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to Ruth, Clifford was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Mickey Gaines and Pete Jarvis.

Clifford was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in Korea.

He was a pipefitter for over 50  years, retiring in 1995, from Baker McHenry Local No. 440.

Clifford was formerly a member of the Masonic Lodge.

He loved to spend time with his grandchildren.  Clifford also loved sweets, especially cookies.

Clifford enjoyed sitting outside feeding the squirrels and birds.

Graveside services will be at 1 pm, Monday, March 4, 2024, at Flat Rock Cemetery in Flat Rock, Indiana, with military graveside rites conducted by the local military committee.

Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Indiana Chapter, 50 E. 91st St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240 or the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692.

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Graveside Service

Monday, March 4, 2024

Starts at 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Flat Rock Cemetery

in, Flat Rock, IN

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