April 1921 – February 16, 2010
Cliff McBeath, 88, of Turlock, passed away peacefully in the arms of his loving wife, Lady, on Tuesday, February 16th. He was born in Humboldt, Kansas to James and Elsie McBeath. He lived most of his adult life in California. He lived and worked in San Bernardino for years as a carpenter. Cliff retired in 1982 after working as the head of maintenance for the California State Dept of Agriculture at Stanislaus County Fairgrounds for 27 years. He was married to Esther Marion Markusen for 53 years before she passed away in January of 1999. He married Lady Laudine Petersen at First Baptist Church of Turlock in May of 2000. He was a kind, caring man who found rest in the arms of God after many years of dedicated service to a variety of organizations.
Cliff served in the Army during World War II as a Carpentry Instructor which included teaching bridge building. He was discharged in Oct of 1946 as a Tech Sergeant 4th Grade. Cliff was a Lifetime member and Post Commander of the American Legion, Past Chef de Gar of the 40 and 8, Past President and Lifetime Member of the Denair Lions Club, Life Member of the D.A.R., a member of the Board of Directors of Turlock Salvation Army, Member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Member of the Cal. State Retirees Assoc., Historical Society, and SIRS (Sons In Retirement).
Cliff is survived by his wife Lady McBeath, two daughters: Ann Marie Synstad of Phoenix, AZ, and Kathy Marion (John) Bell of Phoenix, AZ; a step-son, Keith (Donna) Petersen of Stockton, CA, 5 grandchildren , and 5 great grandchildren, and a brother Jim McBeath of Louisville, OH.
Visitation will be held at Allen Mortuary on Sunday, Feb 21st from 1-5pm. Graveside committal will be at Turlock Memorial Park on Monday, Feb 22nd at 2:00pm followed by a Celebration of Life at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 3:30pm. Memorial contributions may be considered for the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Turlock or the Turlock Salvation Army.