Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home

425 Main Street, Franklin, NY


Clifford L. Whitbeck

August 19, 1924October 27, 2019

Clifford Leonard Whitbeck passed away at Fox Hospital, Oneonta, NY on Sunday, October 27, 2019, at the age of 95.

Clifford was born in Merrickville on August 19, 1924 to the late Leonard and Marguerite Whitbeck. He graduated from Franklin Central School in 1943, and joined the Army soon after.

He married his high school sweetheart Rollamarie Wormuth on June 18, 1945.

After his discharge from the Army, in 1947, he returned to Franklin with his wife and infant daughter. He was employed by the Breakstone Creamery in Walton, NY for 40 years. He retired in 1986 as a Supervisor in Sour Cream Production.

Clifford is survived by his wife of 74 years, his children Judith (Richard) Feher, Kathy (John) Campbell and Jonathan (Colleen Bonker) Whitbeck and 5 Grandchildren John (Teresa) Campbell, Jr; Matthew (Susan) Campbell; Jason Worden; Betsy Whitbeck; and Mathew (Racheal)Whitbeck and 8 Great Grandchildren: Megan and Kaitlyn Worden; Collin, Marissa, Kayla Campbell; Tula Whitbeck; Birch, Ty, Colten Whitbeck; and siblings Laverna Maus of Roscoe, Eunice Whitbeck of Walton, Eileen Van Loan of TN and several nieces and nephews.

Clifford was predeceased by his siblings Clifton, Carlton, and Margaret (Case) Van Buren.

Cliff is lovingly remembered as a devoted husband, and parent/ grandparent to all of his “children”.

A social time will be held in Clifford’s honor Sunday Nov.10, 2019 from 12:30 to 1:30 with a short memorial service to follow, at the Rail Road Museum in Franklin. (572 Main St, behind the bank.) The Museum was special to Clifford and fitting that our final Goodbyes to him will be held there.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Clifford’s memory may be made to the Rail Road Museum or to Franklin Emergency Squad 351 Main St., Franklin, NY 13775.

To leave a condolence for the family online, please visit www.bennettfh.com.

Arrangements are by the Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home of Franklin.


  • Social Gathering Sunday, November 10, 2019


Clifford L. Whitbeck

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Richard Lincourt

November 8, 2019

I had the good fortune to work with Cliff at the Breakstone's plant from 1969-1981. He was always generous in sharing his knowledge and experience with those new to the business, and I have always remembered his kindness and good humor. An outstanding manager of the people and processes in his department, he set a great example for all of us who worked with him. A wonderful person to have known. Thank you for the memories, Cliff, and may God bless.

Sherry Maruszewski

November 6, 2019

so sorry for your loss

Sherry Cook Maruszewski

Leonarda Storey

November 6, 2019

RIP, Cliff. Our sincerest condolences to the family.