Clifford Wayne "Cliff" Avey, 86, passed away Monday, March 10, 2014, in Moses Lake, Wash.. Born February 28, 1928, into the Leavenworth, Wash., home of Clifford E. and Violet H. Avey. Cliff served with the United States Army during World War II, before being honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal. On November 22, 1959, Cliff married Phyllis Jean Degn in Coulee Dam's Little LDS Chapel at Walnut and Yucca. A former member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Eagles #5077, Elks and Electric City VFW Post; Cliff retired following many years as a firefighter for the Bureau of Reclamation. As long as he was able Cliff enjoyed spending time at Swan Lake near Republic, Wash., and the Icicle Resort in Leavenworth, Wash., camping, fishing, and boating.
Predeceased by: his bride of 52 years: Phyllis in 2012; son Stephen; grandson Richie; brother David and sister Virginia, Clifford's legacy lives on through his children: John Avey (Jan), Richard Avey (Dena), Cynthia Moore and Barbara Ries; nine grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and his brother: Ronald Avey.
At Cliff's request cremation has taken place. His urn has been placed with military honors in Spring Canyon Cemetery near his beloved Phyllis.
Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, Washington is honored to be serving Cliff's family.