Donald R. Clifford

February 15, 1931April 26, 2018

Donald R. Clifford, 87, a longtime Fort Wayne native passed away on Thursday, April 26, 2018 in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He was born on February 15, 1931 in Rockford, Illinois, a son of the late Ralph and Gladys (Coffey) Clifford. He worked as an attorney in Fort Wayne for nearly 50 years. He was a member at St. Therese Catholic Church, Fort Wayne, Allen County Bar Association, the State of Indiana Bar Association, and the Back 40 Flying Club. Over the last 4 years, he was an active member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Lawrenceville, Georgia, and became a member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed golfing, flying, and reading. Surviving family include his daughters, Maureen Cordes, Sara Clifford, and Megan Krejci; sons, Michael (Jenine) and Tim Clifford; 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in passing by his wife, Margaret Clifford; and a son, Peter Clifford. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 2304 Lower Huntington Rd., Fort Wayne with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior. Inurnment will be in Prairie Grove Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Memorial may be made to St. Therese Catholic Church or St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 319 Grayson Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30046.


  • St. Therese Catholic Church
  • St. Lawrence Catholic Church


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Saturday, May 5, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, May 5, 2018
  • Final Resting: Prairie Grove Cemetery Saturday, May 5, 2018

Donald R. Clifford

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Loraine Brown

May 5, 2018

To Don's family:

As a secretary to Don, one little story comes to mind, that is of Peter bouncing into our office and saying - "Where's
Don?" Once he found "Don", off they went to McDonald's! They were so special to each other. As a secretary to Don, I know how compassionate he was towards his family. He worked so hard for you, rest assured every moment of his day was spent working for you and his clients and he loved every moment of it!!! It was all for love of his family! He had a great mind and was well suited for his profession so many of his clients benefited from his keen mind and help. I am sure that many of his clients would tell you that he went that extra step to help them when they had no where else to go. Your father worked hard and it was my pleasure to work for him. My condolences to all of you in your great loss. May his soul rest in peace and may your memories stay in place forever!!!

My love and prayers to all of you,

Loraine Brown

Rita & Jerry Good

May 4, 2018

Maureen,Sara,Megan, Michael, & Tim,

So sorry to hear of your dads passing. We have many memories of living on Legoma for so many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with all your families. Rita & Jerry Good

Jack Morris

May 3, 2018

I returned to Fort Wayne in 1980 as a young lawyer. Being committed to representing injured individuals I frequently came in contact with lawyers who represented the other side and one of those I frequently encountered was Don Clifford. Although we were on opposite sides including all the way through jury trials it was always a pleasure to work with Don. He was a very good lawyer while at all times being cooperative and fair in the way he handled claims. We did not always agree and occasionally exchanged tense words, but it was never personal and I was sad when he told me he was retiring from the practice of law. I was even more sad when I saw his obituary in the paper. Don was a great individual and I am a better lawyer and person because I had the opportunity to cross paths with him. I pray for peace for the surviving family and friends.

Michelle Freimuth Bodigon

May 2, 2018

Maureen, Mike, Sara, Megan and Tim,

I'm so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I have a lot of fond memories spending time at your home with your parents. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of sorrow. I will be out of town so I will not be able to say goodbye to him, but know that I will be thinking of you all.

Michelle Freimuth Bodigon

Jill Czerwinski

May 2, 2018

To the Clifford Family, my thoughts and prayers are sent to you in your loss. I have fond memories of visiting the Cliffords in the 70s, swimming in that awesome community pool, and flying in Uncle Don's plane. How Uncle Don and Aunt Marge got all 9 of us into an already full house is a wonder. In '94 when I bought my first car ever, I took a road trip and stopped in Ft. Wayne. Uncle Don and Aunt Marge generously offered me to stay at their house for the night. It was a terrific time to reminisce. Very fond memories. Rest in peace and God bless.