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William Franklin Clough

Bill Clough died Aug. 29, 2006, at his home in Rifle with his family by his side.Billy Frank was born in Rifle to L.W. (Bill) and Iva Haley Clough. He graduated from East High School in Denver. Bill earned a chemical engineering degree in 1937 from Colorado University in Boulder. Three years prior to his college graduation, Bill worked in Yellowstone National Park, designing parking lots and roads. His next surveying assignment was in Panama, helping survey the highway across the Panama Canal. Bill was transferred to Fairbanks, Ala., where his surveying of highways was interrupted by World War II. Bill joined the U.S. Navy and served as a PT boat helmsman in the Philippines. He was re-assigned to a mine sweeper after D-Day.Following discharge, Bill returned to Rifle to take over management of the Clough Sheep Company, and worked with the Wool Growers Association for thirty years. Bill was also a member of the Rifle Volunteer Fire Department, serving with them for 26 years, and became fire chief in 1956. He was a member of the Shriners and the American Legion and a charter member of the Elks Club. He also held a 50-year membership with the Masonic Fraternity.Bill’s many random acts of kindness and generosity are well-known throughout the valley, such as his land donation for the Rifle Sportsman Club, the Remote Control Airport, and the Fravert Reservoir 4-wheeler recreation area, as well as his sponsorship of the Meeker Classic National Sheep Dog Trials.W.F. Clough is survived by his wife, Genevieve; step-children Royal (Patty) Snyder, William (La Vonne) Snyder, Sharon Bistline and Bonnie McKenzie; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and cousin William Bratzler.Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at the Rifle Funeral Home.Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at the Rifle Fire Department, 1850 Railroad Ave. Pastor Del Whittington of the Open Door Church will officiate. Rifle’s firemen will be the pallbearers. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Rifle.Arrangements have been entrusted to the Rifle Funeral Home.


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