Clifford John Cyza, 95, passed away Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at Highland Park Care Center.
Cliff was born April 9, 1923, to John and Katherine (Kula) Cyza in Fullerton. As a child, he worked his parents’ farm. After graduating from high school in 1941, he attended St. Paul’s Business College and continued his education in Clerk School.
On March 20, 1943, he entered into the military where he was a clerk instructor. In December of 1944 as he was getting ready to go overseas, his father had a farm accident. Cliff went on an emergency furlough to take care of the family farm and his parents. He received his Honorarble Discharge in January 1945.
Cliff married Leila McCray on May 15, 1948 in Fullerton.
For the next few years, he worked the farm and owned and operated the Corner Café in Fullerton. In 1949, he began working on the Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad where he worked as a Train Masters Clerk, a Chief Crew Caller, and ended his career in Personnel before his retirement in May of 1983.
Clifford was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, a lifetime member of the Eagles, and the American Legion. Cliff enjoyed following his children and grandchildren in sports. He loved watching all sports and had special interest in horse and dog racing. He looked forward each year, after the Kentucky Derby, to begin the season of tending the garden, noting its progress and waiting for harvest to share.
His survivors include his children Jerry (Cindy), Tom, Joan (Ken), Jean (Rich), John, and Jim (Pam); grandchildren Georgia Lewis, Jerelyn Snyder, Philip Cyza, Heather Bassett, Jason Hawley, Doug Smets, Dan Smets, Kristy Kuntz, Parker Cyza, Kennedy Cyza, Emersen Cyza, and Crayten Cyza; 17 great -grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, three brothers, five sisters, and one grandchild.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. A rosary will be said before Mass at 9:30 a.m.
Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Holy Rosary Catholic Church or the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be left at www.batesgould.com. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.