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Obituaries > CLEVELAND, JOHN A.

John A. Cleveland, 87, Independence, MO, passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at the Medical Center of Independence. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, April 16 at the South Crysler Restoration Branch, 16101 E. Salisbury Rd., Independence, MO, with a visitation from 1 p.m. until service time. Inurnment will be 3 p.m. Saturday, April 17 in Oak Ridge Memory Gardens. Contributions are suggested to the Epilepsy Foundation or a charity of choice. Mr. Cleveland was born January 9, 1917, to John and Sarah (Hufhines) Cleveland in Risco, MO, and had lived in the Independence area since 1948. He had been a Postal Clerk with the Independence Post Office for 27 years, retiring in 1983. He had been a marksman with the Third Battalion Raiders of the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. He was a member of the South Crysler Restoration Branch where he served as deacon. In 1968, he created a map of Independence, which was circulated by the Police Department. It took 15 years to draw by hand. During that time he would drive around town to find various location points. John was preceded in death by his wife Kathryn S. Cleveland in 1998. He is survived by his daughter Beverly Clipson and husband Brian of Cincinnati, OH; two grandchildren, Katherine and Janine Clipson; sister Iva J. Stone and husband Terrell, Independence, MO; and several nieces and nephews. (Arr. George C. Carson & Sons Funeral Home)