Clifford L. Gentry

Clifford L. Gentry, “Popper”, 84, passed away December 12, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born March 21, 1933, in South Gifford, MO, the son of William Hollis Gentry and Bethenia Gwin Gentry. He graduated from LaPlata High School, LaPlata, MO. He served in the U.S. Army for two years in France with the transportation division known as The Red Ball Express.

On May 15, 1955, Clifford was united in marriage to Gladys Kramer Gentry. The have celebrated 62 years of marriage.

Cliff has worked as a truck driver all his working years. He worked for Burlington Northern Transport for 22 years in Iowa; Trans Con Trucking for 13 years and last worked for Zipp Express. He was a member of the Teamsters Union for 35 years.

Clifford enjoyed bowling, boating, water skiing and camping. He was a family man and found great joy in being Popper to the grandkids. He was known to say he was a “Jack of all, Master of none” and he was the “King of duck tape and tarp straps.

He was preceded in death by his parent; his son in law, David Bozarth; brothers, Lilbren Gentry, Howard Gentry, Floyd Gentry and Lloyd Gentry.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys Gentry of Brazil; children, Lynnette Shaffer (Jeff) of Alexandria, MO, Kelly Bozarth of Brazil, Shannon Heald (Rich) of Brazil and Brandon Gentry (Heather) of Indianapolis; grandchildren, C.J. Shaffer (Rachel), Christopher Shaffer, Jillian Phillips (Michael), Bethany Gentry (Justin Dake), Ali Heald, Grant Heald (Bailey Pell), Parker Gentry and Sophia Gentry; Great-grandchildren, Kyle Gentry, Dani Shaffer, Amos Phillips, Silas Phillips, Naomi Phillips, Bailey Gentry, Vance Gentry, Breanna Dake, Zoey Dake; 2 great-great-grandchildren Mayson and Benson; 3 nieces and 1 nephew, June Magers, Betty Forsee (Lloyd), Nancy Gentry and William Gentry.

Visitation will be Saturday from 1-4 at French Funeral Home. At 4:00 military honors will be provided by the American Legion Post #2 and the VFW #1127. Following the military honor, family members and friends will share in a eulogy for Clifford. At his request, cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Program, or to the Clay County Humane Society.