Clifford R. ‘Cliff’ Stitely

MIFFLIN – Clifford R. “Cliff” Stitely, 71, of Mifflin, passed away Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at his home.

Born March 27, 1942, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of Robert N. and Ruby I. (Alexander) Stitely of Williamsport, Maryland.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by: his wife, Dawn (Moore) Stitely, whom he married May 4, 1963; his daughter, Elizabeth “Beth” Stitely Bankes and husband, Howard, of Falling Waters, W.Va.; one daughter-in-law, Lora Gibson, of McAlisterville; three cherished grandchildren, Nathaniel and Emily Bankes, of Falling Waters, W.Va., and Ashley Gibson, of McAlisterville; and one brother Edward Stitely and wife, Loretta, of Barclay, Md.

He was preceded in death by his foster son, Alan Gibson.

Cliff graduated from Shenandoah Valley Academy, Washington Hospital School of Radiology and the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. He worked as an X-ray technician from 1961 to 1964, for the Takoma Park Police department Canine Unit from 1964 to 1969 and for the Pennsylvania State Police from 1969 to 1994. After retiring, he owned and operated C & N Scents and Standing Stone Deer Farm.

He was a Pa. Game Commission hunter education instructor for 25 years, a life member of the National Rifle Association and the Pennsylvania Trappers Association. He was a member of the National Trappers Association, the Maryland Trappers Association and the Pa. Retired State Troopers Association and a charter member of the Pa. Deer Farmers Association.

His memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Guss Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown, with Pastors David Berthiaume and Keith Ingram officiating. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

Although there will be no viewing, the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, at the funeral home.

For those who desire, the family requests memorial contributions be made to S.U.N. Home Hospice, P.O. Box 232, Northumberland, PA 17857 or to the Pa. Trapper’s Assoc. District 8, c/o Nelson Hosler, 4416 Ridge Road, Beaver Springs, PA 17812.

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