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Richard Defebaugh

Richard E. Defebaugh, 76, of Clinton, passed away at 1:03 p.m. Sunday (July 3, 2016) at his family residence, Clinton.

A celebration of Richard’s life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. There will be no visitation.


Memorials may be directed to American Diabetes Association or American Parkinson’s Disease Association.


Richard was born May 5, 1940, in Clinton, the son of Harold and Florence Burdine Defebaugh. He married Edith Rae Vass; she passed away Feb. 2, 1988.


Survivors include his children, Paul Defebaugh, Clinton; Dave (Debbie) Defebaugh, Sherman; and Mark Defebaugh, Clinton; grandchildren: Tatum and Tessa Defebaugh, Clinton; siblings, Robert (Helen) Defebaugh, Clinton; James (Betty) Defebaugh, Clinton; Leona (Harold) Jones, Clinton; Jerry (Rhonda) Defebaugh, DeWitt; and Avis (Bill) Egleston, Auburn, Wash.


He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Steven M. Defebaugh; and one sister, Edith Hamilton.


Richard was a pipefitter for Local 597, and enjoyed woodworking and fishing.


The family would like to extend a special thank-you to the OSF Hospice Center for their loving care throughout Richard’s illness.


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