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Clifford H. Jared

Thursday, February 16, 2023
Clifford H. Jared

Clifford H. Jared, 97, of Tonkawa, OK, left this life on February 8, 2023, in Wichita, KS. Viewing will be from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Saturday, February 11, 2023, at Trout Funeral Home Chapel, Tonkawa, OK, with the funeral ceremony starting at 1:00 PM. Reverend Tom Howard will officiate. Burial will immediately follow at IOOF Cemetery, Tonkawa. Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 505 Thunderbird Rd, Tonkawa, OK 74653.

How do you summarize 97 years of life? He lived hard, laughed often, and died on his own damned time! Born August 18,1925, at home, in Loyal, Oklahoma to descendants of hardy, rugged pioneers who settled Oklahoma. The son of a single mother, after the death of his father when he was 6 years old. Molded by the stern hands of his grandfather and uncles, he developed his fierce honesty and character. Working the land and growing crops resulted in a love for this land unparalleled by few. When his country called for help, he joined the U.S. Navy. Stationed in Guam loading aircraft with bombs, a perfect job for a tall, strong, skinny farm boy. The GI Bill gave him the education to become a teacher of which he was deservedly proud. He received his Master’s Degree from Oklahoma A&M University (OSU) in Industrial Education. Taking a job at Northern Oklahoma College lasting over 35 years, the students’ lives he impacted are in the hundreds. Not only teaching them a lifelong skill but lessons for a lifetime. From exquisite pieces of art produced in his woodworking classes to life training skills to the men in the federal MANPOWER program he ran, his standards were always met by his students, as he held the bar high.

He married Verlena Mae (Staude) Jared on August 28, 1949, and together they raised three daughters, Gail Ann Scholl, Joyce Lynn Moon, and Carol Beth Jared-Brown. More than anything he valued his family’s happiness and success, ensuring his daughters opportunities in higher education. His love for the land always drew him back to farming and raising crops, resulting in a lifetime dream of custom wheat harvesting, which his family participated in for many years. He maintained farming through his 93rd year, conserving this land for the future.

He was a man of impeccable character believing “a man’s handshake was his word, not to be broken”. All who knew him knew they could ask for help and Cliff would be there for assistance and a friendly ear. He

(See jared page 8) was a man who got things done, if there was something needed you would hear someone say, “Call Jared, he can get it done!” A man who could make anything, fix anything, had an opinion on anything, and encourage everyone that dreams can come true with hard work. He will be missed deeply by his family and all who crossed his path.

Proceeded in death by his father, Ralph Jared; mother, Malinda Jane (Johnson) Jared; wife, Verlena Mae (Staude) Jared; and sisters Imogene and Flossie. Survived by his loving family: daughters, Gail Scholl, Joyce Moon, and Carol (Chris) Jared-Brown; grandchildren, Jared (Anna) Scholl, Joshua Scholl, Graye (Willum) Brown-Etelamaki, and Emma Brown; great-grandchildren, Thomas Scholl, Clifford Scholl, and Lisica Scholl.

We strive with steely determination to become even a part of who Clifford H. Jared was. We will love you for eternity.

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