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Smith, Clifford M.

Smith, Clifford M.

January 29, 1962 — March 1, 2021

Clifford Smith passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Monday, March 1, 2021 in Overland Park, Kansas from natural causes.

Clifford was born January 29, 1962 in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from Center High School and from DeVry University. Soon after, he moved to Texas where he worked at Intermedics, Inc. on pacemakers and played bass guitar in three bands. There he was married to Teresa from 1995 to 2014. He relocated back to Missouri in 2008.

Clifford is survived by his sister, Christy (Sandy) Steinberg of Leawood, Kansas and sister, Janet Smith of Overland Park, Kansas. He was the uncle of Jordan Steinberg of Leawood, Kansas, Chelsea Bosak of Overland Park, Kansas, Mira Steinberg of Maui, Hawaii, and Curtis (Jenny) Bosak of Merriam, Kansas. He is also survived by two great nieces and one great nephew.

Clifford was preceded in death by his father Robert Leader Smith of Kansas City, Missouri in 2020, mother Norma Gwendolyn Smith of Kansas City, Missouri in 2000, and brother Robert Lewis (Butch) Smith of Kansas City, Missouri in 2017.

Clifford loved his family and tried to attend all family get-togethers and he especially loved the food! He spent hours talking with his father and no topic was left out. He and his mother were close before her passing.

Clifford’s closest friends were ones he kept since childhood. They were more like brothers than friends. They reconnected when he returned to Missouri, continuing lifelong friendships.

Clifford has been passionate about music since childhood. His passion collided in the best way when he found his job at JHS Pedals in Grandview, Missouri, working closely with Josh Scott and team. He worked as a Research and Design Engineer, designing high quality electric circuits and guitar pedals. Many of the pedals he designed have been featured in hundreds of number one albums. He loved his job and his work family. He is already so missed.

Visitation will be 5-8PM, Wednesday, March 10 at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to The American Diabetes Assocation. For more information, please click HERE.

Service Information

Visitation will be 5-8PM, Wednesday, March 10 at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd.

Smith, Clifford M.'s Guestbook

I met Clifford in junior high. Many fond memories of conversation and discussion that ranged the spectrum of topics. Clifford was such a smart, interesting and colorful person. He will be missed. Sympathy and condolences to the family.

James Huling

My deepest condolences to all of Clifford’s family and friends. Clifford was one of my closest friends. I had known him since 7th grade. He had so many talents and such a high intellect. He did not lead an easy life. I knew of his struggles and he made a habit of overcoming every single one of them. I have never known a man who was as tough as Clifford. There were times he might have taken an easier path but he chose to challenge himself at every turn. He never wanted to be a burden and he never accepted any pity. He loved his family so much and would tell me about every single member after family reunions. And he loved all his friends whether they be work friends or old friends or new friends. He always wanted to leave his mark and he did so in many many ways. He touched more lives than he ever realized. He could make you mad. He could make you sad. He could make you glad. All those things in less than 10 minutes. And he could definitely make you think and he never even realized how smart he was until later in life. If you ever got lectured by Clifford it wasn’t always a pleasant experience because trying to think about things the way he did was not easy. He might not have been always right but if you challenged him then you better have your facts straight and your logic and emotions intact. And if you were right, he would back down and admit it. There were some things though that he always kept in his arsenal. He had some strong beliefs that he was very intense about and with only one eye he seemed even more intense when he looked at you never blinking. Clifford I miss you so much and I don’t know when my tears will stop. Good luck on your journey and thanks for being such a good and loving friend. I love you very much!

Eddie Graham

I just want one more day. I am missing you. Enjoy the ride.

Janet Smith

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