Clifton A. Pufpaff, of Hampstead, died Oct. 18, 2015, at home after a brief illness. He was 85.
He was born in Montague, Michigan on Jan. 1, 1930, son of the late Adrian and Robie Pufpaff.
He joined the U.S. Army in 1948 and while stationed at Fort Bragg he met and married the love of his life, Barbara Taylor Pufpaff. They enjoyed 64 years of wonderful adventures while exploring six continents during his 21 years of service as a paratrooper and pilot in the Army. He was deployed twice to Korea and Vietnam, as well as supported Southeast Asian operations with a three-year tour in Bangkok, Thailand.
He was recognized for his dedication by being awarded numerous service medals and commendations, including two Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Service Stars and the Army Commendation Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster.
After leaving the Army, he pursued an associates degree at Danville Community College, which led him to a second career with ITT (International Telephone Telegraph) in Raleigh in 1973. In 1984, he and wife Barbara retired to Hampstead to enjoy playing golf, fishing and bowling and to pursue his real passion of “building stuff,” which included creating a replica of a 1930s Mercedes Benz and numerous other inventions.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Taylor Pufpaff, of Hampstead; son, Michael A. Pufpaff (Dee), of Raleigh; daughter, Donna P. Keeler (Mike), of Raleigh; son, Gary W. Pufpaff, of Holly Ridge; grandsons, Jeremy Keeler, of Wendell and Matthew Keeler (Bridget), of Knightdale; great-granddaughter, Paxley Keeler (Matthew’s daughter); granddaughter, Mattie P. Lewis (Josh), of Clayton; great-grandson, Emmett Lewis (Mattie’s son); and brother, Harold Pufpaff (Judy), of Hasting, Michigan.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded his sister, Ruby Pufpaff and brother, Ken Pufpaff.
Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, at Andrews Mortuary, Hampstead Chapel by Pastor Canady from Hampstead Baptist Church. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Sea Lawn Memorial Park, with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or Hampstead Rescue Squad, 805 Ridgewood Ave., Burgaw, NC 28425.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.
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