Clifford "Cliff" Dean Omo

May 1, 1936June 9, 2019
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Clifford Dean "Cliff" Omo, age 83, retired TV Sales/Service and Realtor, passed away June 9, 2019. He was born May 1, 1936, to Cyrus and Rose Anna Omo in Cimarron, Kansas, where he grew up on his beloved family farm. Cliff married his Dodge City High School sweetheart, Peggy Kline, in 1954, and they moved to Wichita in 1956. He worked for Don's Radio and TV, was Co-Owner of Suburban TV Sales and Service and worked for Matt Eck Real Estate. He was a patient and kind man who had the utmost integrity. He was a steadfast provider for his family and always put them first. He and his family held close to two thousand Sunday dinners together over the last 36 years. He was a loving husband, dad, and granddad who will be dearly missed by all those who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Ray (Mary Ruth) Omo and Marilyn Omo Gonder. Cliff is survived by wife of 64 years, Peggy Omo; children, Cyrus and Kelli Omo, Kyle and Tracy Omo, Kalin and Joan Omo; grandchildren, Katie (Clint) Goode, Kara (Korey) Ramsey, Jacob Omo, Lakecia (Grady) Edwards, Ashley (Patrick) Simmons, Jillian Cox, Joshua (Jayleen) Omo, Taylor Shannon, Adam Shannon, Ross (Amanda) Omo, Tyler (Alecia) Omo, and Evan Omo; and great grandchildren, Audrey, Austin, and Sutton Goode, Caleb and Caden Edwards, Aubrey, Elayna, Emilia and Elizabeth Simmons, Jacob Cox, Vincent Stacy, Nicole Omo, Aunaleigh Shannon, Thea Shannon, and Wade and Hayes Omo.

Cliff's funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Resthaven Mortuary with visitation one hour prior.


  • Peggy Omo, Wife
  • Cyrus (Kelli) Omo, Son
  • Kyle (Tracy) Omo, Son
  • Kalin (Joan) Omo, Son
  • Katie (Clint) Goode, Grandchild
  • Kara (Korey) Ramsey, Grandchild
  • Jacob Omo, Grandchild
  • Lakecia (Grady) Edwards, Grandchild
  • Ashley (Patrick) Simmons, Grandchild
  • Jillian Cox, Grandchild
  • Joshua (Jayleen) Omo, Grandchild
  • Taylor Shannon, Grandchild
  • Adam Shannon, Grandchild
  • Ross (Amanda) Omo, Grandchild
  • Tyler (Alecia) Omo, Grandchild
  • Evan Omo, Grandchild
  • Audrey Goode, Great Grandchild
  • Austin Goode, Great Grandchild
  • Sutton Goode, Great Grandchild
  • Caleb Edwards, Great Grandchild
  • Caden Edwards, Great Grandchild
  • Aubrey Simmons, Great Grandchild
  • Elayna Simmons, Great Grandchild
  • Emilia Simmons, Great Grandchild
  • Elizabeth Simmons, Great Grandchild
  • Jacob Cox, Great Grandchild
  • Vincent Stacy, Great Grandchild
  • Nicole Omo, Great Grandchild
  • Aunaleigh Shannon, Great Grandchild
  • Thea Shannon, Great Grandchild
  • Wade Omo, Great Grandchild
  • Hayes Omo, Great Grandchild
  • Cyrus Omo, Father
  • Rose Anna Omo, Mother
  • Ray (Mary Ruth) Omo, Brother
  • Marilyn Omo Gonder, Sister

  • Ross Omo, Casket Bearer
  • Tyler Omo, Casket Bearer
  • Evan Omo, Casket Bearer
  • Joshua Omo, Casket Bearer
  • Jacob Omo, Casket Bearer
  • Taylor Shannon, Casket Bearer
  • Adam Shannon, Casket Bearer

  • Kansas Humane Society


15 June


1:00 pm

Resthaven Mortuary

11800 West Highway 54
Wichita, Kansas 67209

15 June

Celebration of Life Service

2:00 pm

Resthaven Mortuary Chapel

11800 West Highway 54
Wichita, Kansas 67209


Clifford "Cliff" Dean Omo

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Charla Haley

June 14, 2019

Peggy, Cy, Kalin, Kyle, and families,

Mom and I have so many fond memories of spending time with you in Wichita. Thank you for all the wonderful times. Cliff was such a great guy and he welcomed Wayne's "new wife" and twin stepdaughters into his life with wonderfully warm open arms. We love you all and send our deepest condolences on your loss.

Charla Haley and Esther Howard




Lived Life May 1, 1936 through June 9, 2019

Resthaven Mortuary / Wichita, KS
2 P.M., Saturday, June 15, 2019
Services Led by Celebrant Cyndi Pearce
Resthaven Memorial Gardens / Wichita, KS
Garden of Gethsemane / Lot 84 / Space A

We will open in prayer followed by scripture readings by daughter-in-law Joan.
Psalm 23; John 14: 1-6


Lord we acknowledge your presence here and come before you as family and friends. We are here to cherish our memories, honor Cliff’s life and to support one another. You are a God of mercy, so in these moments now and in the weeks and months ahead, please bring comfort as we remember and share fondly all that he was to each of us.
It is in your name we pray. Amen.

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Welcome, on behalf of the family, thank you for joining us in this celebration tribute of Cliff. I am Celebrant Cyndi Pearce and today we will live his life building pictures with our words and celebrating the man that gave selflessly to all he encountered. This, here, is how he liked it, surrounded by family and friends, investments of his love and time if you will, so let’s get started, his story begins now.

Cyrus Omo a farmer and mechanic, along with his wife, Rose Anna, will welcome their 3rd child, Clifford Dean on Friday, May 1, 1936. Rose Anna will write that, “He is born at Mrs. Westfall’s in Cimarron, KS. It is night out, will weigh around 10 lbs.” and be little brother to Raymond and Marilyn.

Learning the meaning of a stable investment starts young for Cliff, and it comes from being raised on that farm. How hard work can provide.

Home is a square, 2 story farmhouse, with a porch off the second floor where you often found a young Cliff sleeping on hot summer nights. There was no electricity or air conditioning, it's the middle of the Dust Bowl and you might see wet towels or blankets hanging from the windows trying to keep the dust from the house yet you often see the children carrying buckets full of dirt they had gathered from the floors that still made its way in. Cyrus was good at making things and would craft his own type of air conditioning by building a platform around the windmill, using gravity to feed the water in through a padded unit that when the wind blew it would bring cool moist air into the home. The winters are just as hard, and you'll find bricks they've brought from the fire, set by their beds to keep them warm.

Part of working the farm was chores, his included milking the cows, rounding the chickens for mom to prepare, bringing in the coal, and gathering eggs. The jack rabbits were numerous and during the winter, you would often find the boys being paid to round them into a snowbank of which they would club them in the head. Unfortunately, this had to happen for the sake of the crops. He was learning how to protect his investments.
In the dusty wind as the tumbleweeds blow, they catch in the wired fence. He shares with grand son-in-law Clint, “There was no ground cover and when the wind blew, so did the dirt. He hated those tumbleweeds; they were pokey, and it hurt when you touched them.” He remembers “When the fence line would fill up with the tumbleweed, the blowing dirt would get caught too and in a very short time the fences would be completely covered allowing the cows to walk right over the lines.” Teaching him how to be creative, his father will make a device to be pull the weeds from under the fences, to keep them cleaned out.” Cyrus was a good mechanic and had a passion for farming, it was the way of life in Cliffs childhood, one that would bring reward later from learning these early investments.
Riding a horse is how they will get to the one room schoolhouse of which later the same building will be loaded and pulled to the family farm to become dad’s mechanics shop.

Holidays, such as birthdays, weren’t celebrated much per se and there aren’t many memories but this one of Christmas where he wrote, “Got to decorate the tree by putting candles that clip on to the branches and mother not letting me light them. Then it would be off to the Glaze’s home in Mineola where I would get to open presents and I received a dump truck” and that gift is one he spoke of often and would cherish through his lifetime.

His youth was fun on the farm yet also hard. His father, Cyrus would die from MS, Multiple Sclerosis when Cliff is just 6. His mom, Rose Anna, would later marry a man named A.J. Ross, and the family would move to where he lived in Dodge City. Cliff would begin to transition well when things change again, not only had he lost his father, he will lose his mother from a heart attack when he is only 13.

His Aunt Mollie will become his legal guardian, she along with step dad, A.J., will both be consistent in his life. He’ll continue forward, attend Dodge City Junior and Senior High. He was good in school, on the track team, be in the Kay Club, and excelled in basketball where the 5’10 red headed player was called, “Jumping Red,” because he could jump over any player on any team.

He will adjust and the hard work that was instilled in him, not only from watching his father and mother at the farm, but also through, A.J. who would hire him on at his plumbing company and teach him how to work on boilers, rough plumbing, and digging trenches as well as learning customer service skills, when he worked at Warshaw’s, a men’s clothing store, all assets that will repay him handsomely over his lifetime.

Though he was responsible in many ways, boys still do some crazy things, one of which was with a group of buddies from the Senior High. They’re at the house, pull out Cliff’s brother’s gun, each of them taking turns pointing at each other, but not pulling the trigger until one of them did. The gun went off and shot a hole in the floor. They tried to fix it, but the fix wasn’t good, so they would pull a rug over it and for many years nobody knew. What's funny is years later, his 2 younger son’s, Kyle and Kalin would do the same thing, yet would try to fix with candle wax, that didn’t quite work, however, eventually repairing so well, no one knew until they told them years later.
Other time will be spent dragging the main strip stopping at Kline’s on one end of town and Myers’s at the other, both of which would be carhop soda shop type places. There are more stories to be told and the family hopes you will join them at their home for a reception after, to share in them, yet the one story, from this time, that will shape the rest and best of his life will come from his sister Marilyn. You see, Marilyn had a friend, Virginia and Virginia’s cousin Peggy, of who’s family owed Kline’s, one the places on the main strip he frequented and of which she was a carhop, as well as a classmate, well, Peggy wanted to ask Cliff to prom. Marilyn will be coaxed to ask for her and it works. The two, Cliff and Peggy, will not only go the prom themed “A Galaxy of Melodies” together, they will be named King and Queen of the Ball” and in Peggy’s words, “That started the romance.”
The two would continue to date and on Christmas of their senior year, Cliff will make and investment and give Peggy an engagement ring wrapped up in a box with a brick, he said, “He didn’t want her to think it was a ring.” Later at their 50th wedding anniversary the question was asked to Cliff, “What did your folks think of Peggy?” Cliff responds, “A.J., my step-dad, said I was not going to get married and I said I was. So, I went to aunt Mollie, who was my legal Guardian, and got permission from her. Everyone thought we were too young.” When Peggy was asked the same question, she says, “They liked him very much but thought we were too young to get married. We were both 18. Cliff was so shy and polite, and always a gentleman.”

High school would come and go. Cliff and Peggy would not only graduate, they would also marry. This is what Peggy said about their wedding at the 1st Methodist Church in Dodge City, “We got married on Sunday August 29th, 1954. It was 104 degrees and there was no air conditioning. My mother made my dress, the bridesmaids, and candle lighters. The colors were lavender, pink, yellow, blue, and green. All pastel.” You can see from pictures she had a smile that lit up the room and her white dress was beautiful and was perfectly matched next to his gray tweed suit. They truly were a pair made to be together.

Let’s pause for a moment, listen to song “In the Garden” performed by Peggy and Cliff’s lifetime friends Vaughn and Velma Lippoldt

The pair start their life together in a basement apartment; he is still working with his Stepfather A.J. at Ross plumbing and she at her dad’s milk bottling and delivery company. This will go on for about a year before they make a move to Wichita. Here Cliff will enroll in electronics at Wichita Technical College and she’ll head to business college.

He’d had some experience in electronics from a short time at the telephone company and now that they're in Wichita, he will work at Don’s Radio & TV, learning how to do repairs not only at school but on the job, and part time at Wichita Radio shop where one of his favorite installs was putting the radios into the police cars. He will stay on at Don’s until it is sold and then Cliff and Carlos, will open Suburban TV Sales and Service, a career investment that will build a lifetime of loyal customers, friends, and family.

Peggy had been working as a Secretary, “Not a good one though,” she says and having children was something they had both hoped for and gifts they will both receive in the form of 3 sons. Cyrus, named after Cliff’s father, Kyle, named after a sign Cliff had seen on Gunsmoke, though this has yet to be found, and Kalin, picked from a name book or as his wife will later be told was from a monkey. She just learned the other day; this was joke Cliff kept up with her all these years.

The first family investment house is at 812 N. Kessler until around the fall of 1971 when they begin to expand and build on land at 1830 N 215th Street West. The boys each have memories of living in tents and a camper while this house is being built. Kalin says, “It was well equipped with a hand dug latrine and a makeshift shower at the top of the hill under the light pole where dad got the electricity for the water heater.” It was a fun adventure for the boys back then.

Cliff’s days start early, 6:00 AM, coffee with sugar, Raisin Bran, a banana cut up and it with whole milk. If he took lunch, he fixed his own, a bologna sandwich wrapped in wax paper. Worked a full 8 hours, home with everyone around the table for dinner at 6:00 PM. Peggy always had a homemade meal, he loved all of it especially tuna casserole with peas and toasted and buttered bread. After meals it was never sit down and watch TV, it's off working in the yard, projects that need to be done. He finished the basement, built a beautiful porch and covered patio, the cars were worked on and at one point there were horses to be tended to. They boys loved watching him, learning from him. They say he always carried a banana; he’d eat it even if it was brown. A jug of water and a baggie filled with some snacks, usually of the sweet variety. (That’s probably and investment he should have made too, sweets)
Family trips are usually to Colorado where, for a week at a time, they ski in the winters and camp in the summers. He would take the rear seat out of the 57 Oldsmobile, put in some padding for the boys to sleep and a taller seat in back for Kalin to see out the window. Riding the minibike, hiking, and sightseeing are only a few of the memories they will cherish from these trips.
Though Colorado was the norm, there was a 2-week trip to visit friends in Pennsylvania of which they will sightsee New York City by bus, climb to the tip of Lady Liberty, explore Washington D.C. and another will be to Canada to see Peggy’s sister of which Cliff’s gun will be confiscated at the border and mailed home to him.
Holidays are full of family, the boys remember birthdays going to Casey Jones’ Junction where the train would run your burger down and around to you or to the pizza place where there is banjo music being played and keeping things memorable, on Cliff’s 50th they’ll hire a belly dancer just to embarrass him. Christmas is a live tree that he hated flocking, yet he did, and Peggy would decorate it to the 9’s. It's off to Dodge City to the Ross’ for Christmas Eve where you open one present and stay for dinner, spend the night at Peggy’s mom’s and on Christmas Day the kids are up early sneaking and shanking the goods under the tree. They say Cliff was a tight wad until it came to his girls. When we say “His girls, this was not only Peggy, but also the women his boys would marry, Kelli, Tracy, and Joan. Now, he always spoiled Peggy, diamonds are truly a girl’s best friend, and the same would be for these girls as jewelry would be his gift to give them all and we can’t forget Easter, the egg hunts became a tradition which continues as now it's 400-500 eggs, spread throughout the property and all the family coming to enjoy the time.

As time goes, so do the needs of business which means along comes big box stores and small owned sales and repair shops become less in demand. He will sell the business to one of those stores and continue with real estate, a part time interest of which he had joined Century 21, Matt Eck Real Estate; Cliff being the realtor, Matt the broker. He was good, kept meticulous records, always honest, gave his sellers and buyers his truthful opinion of every property and this is when not only did his good business investments make sense, so would his personal ones when He would purchase and invest in properties himself. Having rentals would keep him busy and the loyalty he lived by would show in his renters as tenants have been in one of his properties for over 20 years. Loyalty, integrity, and respect. Words every person used to describe him.

Let’s get back to family. The girls, the daughter-in-law’s, joke about him saying before they married in, “This is your last chance to get out” and the fat jokes when their pregnant, “You got twins in their” yet honestly they say he, “Became one of the most influential people in their lives.” Along with his son’s, they knew he’d have the answer when you had a question, but honestly most can say, seeing him become a Granddad really brought a spark. He’s one of the first there at every birth, and there are many, and each grandchild smiles at the mention of him. He made it to each of their events and it meant so much, becoming a Granddad, that after the birth of the first grand 36 years ago, he and Gram created the now “Sunday Dinners.” At first it was always at Cliff and Peggy’s and now it rotates. Over 2,000 Sundays have been celebrated together and the tradition has not only built family bonds between brothers, aunts, uncles, and cousins, it has built a tradition and love of family most never get to experience.

Speaking of these grandchildren, we are going to take a moment as they honor their Granddad in a flower ceremony. Each grand and great grandchild will present a flower, as we listen to the song, “He Walks on Water.”


As you can see up on the wall are different items. Each from a grandchild and all hold a special meaning. We’re going share these with you now.

In 2005, there is move just up the street onto 7 acres into another home he’ll build. The investment in the form of memories will continue to grow as the house and property are always filled with family and friends. Cy says, he could never sneak into the house, always got caught by Dad. Loved playing pool with him and learning his work ethic, teaching him plumbing, electrical, and helping study for the HVAC test. Kyle says his father was the “Biggest influence in his life, the lifeline he’ll miss calling for advice, the Dad you could count on to be there. His honesty and integrity.” And Kalin will remember “The kindness, gentleness,” and like Cy, “His work ethic and attention to detail that has definitely rubbed off on each of them.” They all agree, “He was a jack of all trades, who was a wonderful provider and one of the best influences in their lives.”
When Cliff retired 10 years ago, he’d continue to keep himself busy with the rentals, their property, and making it to the many events of the family. His health would be good, minus the skin cancer over the past 20 years. He loved sweets, Spiced pumpkin pie, brownies, and chocolate shakes from Braum's. You may go for a hamburger; he's going for the shake.

Advice he’d give are ones most remember, such as “grab a piece of gum from the bucket, (the big white double bubble gum bucket) chew it, put it down the mole hole in the yard; they’ll eat it, can’t digest it and die.” Harsh, but something they all remember. Was fair to all his children. If one gets something, so do the others. He always had a toothpick in his mouth, one or two in the car, and others stashed all around. The jokes were always coming, yet the endearment that comes up the most, especially to those new to the family, is “be prepared to be hugged” as this is how he greets you and how he leaves you along with the saying, “Glad you got to see me.”

He’s had a great life and these past 2 years will test him. There is a stroke, a fall that causes a broken leg, and undiagnosed dementia, yet the love and support that surrounded him these past decades, not only grew, it stayed by his side as he fought through this too. Things kept changing over these 2 years and last Friday he would become unresponsive. Hospice would be called in, family around the whole time, and at 1:41 on Sunday, June 9th, he would pass peacefully surrounded by the family who loved him. He’d want it no other way.

As we prepare for our director to come forward with dismissal instructions, we want to remind you that after our committal today, the family invites you all to come to their home and join for more sharing, food and fellowship and as you leave today you’ll find this, a baggie full of goodies just like he carried and as a good realtor always comes with a thank you gift and today, this is yours, little reminders of him. 2 Double Bubble gums, whether you use them for the mole holes or simply to enjoy, a Laffy Taffy, not only to signify his love of sweets, but his jokes, as each has a joke on the inside flap, as corny as the joke may be, share it with someone, share the smile that comes too. Toothpicks, because he always had one with him, yet there are many good uses for them like cleaning the crevasses around your stove or car radio, pick up items such as olives, and more, but most important are these, 2 Hershey’s hugs, because he always greeted you and left you with a hug, an investment made in you, each time.

“Glad you got to see me,” love Cliff


Cliff led a life that was full of happiness, hope, laughter, and love.
He lived as an example to teach by actions.
We will hold him in our hearts from this day forward.
In this present moment, grief and memories live side by side, yet in the days and months ahead may we find peace and comfort with one another so that his life can continue to shine through you.

Revel in the memories of this generous and wise man who touched all of your lives in such special and unique ways. You’ll miss his laugh, wisdom, time together and encouragement, however you’ll continue to reap the rewards of his investments of love.
A faithful spirit, sharing his love with all he encountered, for this we are grateful.

In their 50th Wedding Album there was a message put together. We’ve changed it a tiny bit, yet found it so perfectly fitting for today. It reads:

We are gathered her in Wichita, Kansas, on June 15, 2019 to celebrate the Life of Clifford Dean “Cliff” Omo.

She is his beloved wife, who has walked alongside him, for over 64 years, who aided him to grow in love and has captured his heart all these years.

We are his boys and their wives, the most visible manifestations of his love, who have learned to live and, in turn, love because of him.

We are his grandchildren and great grandchildren, 2 and 3 generations removed, yet never removed in his heart, who will carry his legacy for generations to come.

We are his extended family – nieces, nephews, and friends - extended, yet not far away, ever.

We are they- we are life, we are love, we are music, we are the mountains.

We have come from near and far for this time of reflection, never will he be forgotten.
We commemorate this wonderful, beloved person and rejoice in honoring his life.


“He had hands that shaped the future”

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Ashley - comic section of the paper. When she was there on Sunday's and Granddad would be reading the paper, he would hand her the comics section for her to look at/read.

Patrick (Ashley's husband) - a paper time card. Him and Granddad would always talk about what he was working on at work.

Joshua - Cummins hat. Without Granddad, he would not have known about the job at Cummins, which is where he still works.

Ross - cotton balls. When Ross would go outside to work with Granddad in the cold, Granddad would make him put cotton balls in his ears and his hood up! Ross also says he’ll remember spending nights out in the tents and hammock, seeing deer in the meadow, building campfires, smores and bike rides to Wichita.

Amanda (Ross' wife) -WSU T shirt- Ross and Amanda took Granddad to a WSU basketball game a few years ago and they all really enjoyed it.

Tyler - toothpicks. Granddad was never without a toothpick either in his mouth, or closely nearby. He also says he loves the Sunday’s, seeing cousins and playing 4 square, holidays, popcorn, and riding in the cart behind the mower.

Evan - a comb. No matter what Granddad was wearing, or where he was going, he always had a comb in his pocket and would periodically pull it out to comb his hair.

Katie - Million Dollar Club Real Estate Trophy. Granddad worked in Real Estate and so does Katie - Katie will be joining Granddad in the same million-dollar club this year!

Clint (Katie's husband) - tractor. Clint and Granddad always talked about the farm. They both grew up on their beloved family farms.

Kara (she is in Iceland/Ireland) - red headed doll. Kara inherited her red hair and freckles from Granddad.

Jake - blue suit that Granddad wore in his younger days. Jake wore this same suit in 7th grade.

Taylor - WSU koozie with a basketball on top. Granddad loved basketball and WSU, really enjoyed him coming to games with me.

Adam - Him and granddad have a picture/memory wearing funny glasses. funny glasses. “I wore them out to Sunday dinner and hand Granddad put them on. I was shocked when he did, and he called himself Mr. Cool.”

The whole family is also contributing stuffed animal Callie cat because of his love for her. He always said he’d shoot any cats, but this one hung around and became his. They saw a whole another side of him through her. Ski goggles and water skis because he enjoyed those two activities.

PARENTS: Cyrus Raymond Omo; Rose Anna (Bryan) Omo
CHILDREN: Raymond Earl Omo 6/25/1931-9/22/2005; Marilyn Louise (Omo) Gonder 5/5/1933-11/25/2012; Clifford Dean Omo 5/1/1936-6/9/2019
8/29/1954 Cliff MARRIED: “Peggy” Margaret Joan Kline 4/2/1936
CHILDREN: Cyrus Wade Omo 9/3/1959; Kyle Von Omo 8/29/1962; Kalin Noble Omo 2/27/1964

Celebrant Cyndi Pearce |