Clifford Eugene “Snorky” Estes Sr., 91, of LeRoy, passed away at 12:55 p.m. Wednesday (March 27, 2019) at his home.


Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, April 1 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, followed by military rites at the funeral home. There will be no service. Inurnment will be at a later date in Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ruel Neal American Legion Post 79, LeRoy or Fred O'Malley VFW Post 6190, Farmer City.


Clifford was born Feb. 15, 1928, at LeRoy, a son of Gobel and Lula Ann Mills Estes. He married Lucia Pauline Donato on April 22, 1950, in Fitzwilliam, N.H.


He is survived by his wife, Lucia Pauline Estes, LeRoy; five children, Clifford Eugene (Kimberly) Estes Jr., Columbia, S.C.; Janet (Scott) Whitehouse, Farmer City; Robert Estes, Sebastian, Fla.; Vivian (Robert) Van Deventer, Jacksonville, Fla.; Michael Estes, LeRoy; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and sister, Eleanor Yount, LeRoy.


He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Norman Estes; two brothers and two sisters.

Clifford was a World War II Navy veteran and served 30 years in the Navy.


Clifford and his family moved to Farmer City in 1970 and opened a restaurant called Snorky's Place for a few years. He also was an automobile salesman for McConkey Motor Co., Farmer City, for several years.


Clifford was a member of the Ruel Neal American Legion Post 79, LeRoy, and Fred O'Malley VFW Post 6190, Farmer City.


The family would like to thank Compassus Hospice for their excellent care.

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