OBITUARY: Clifford ‘Cliff’ Loren Gaiser

Clifford “Cliff” Loren Gaiser, 81, passed away on Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, at NMC Health in Newton.

He was born Feb. 23, 1941, in Newton to Katherin and Vernon Gaiser. Cliff met Patsy White at the First Christian Church in 1956, where they later married in front of family and friends on Aug. 5, 1961.

Cliff was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, friend and community member. He will be missed by all those that knew him. As a family, we often laughed that half of Newton knew him. You couldn’t go anywhere with him without stopping to talk to several people.

He was an active member of the First Christian Church and recently was given a title of Elder Emeritus, a title he was honored to receive. He loved getting together with his friends for a cup of coffee and going on fishing trips. Yard work, gardening and woodworking were some of his favorite hobbies. Many of his woodworking pieces were sentimental gifts given to friends and family. He even entered some woodworking pieces into the Harvey County Fair. He was always talking about his sons and grandkids. He always rooted for KU in sports but sometimes supported K-State to represent some of his grandkids who graduated from there.

He attended automotive school and then worked at Firestone for 12 years. After Firestone, he opened his own business, CG Tire, which started out of his pickup truck. In the ’80s, he expanded by opening up a shop in Newton, and his son, Brian, joined the family business, thus becoming CG & Son Tire. Cliff retired from CG & Son Tire in 2013. He was actively on the Harvey County sheriff’s reserves for 30 years.

Cliff was preceded in death by his parents Katherin and Vernon Gaiser.

He is survived by his wife Patsy of the home; sons Brian Gaiser of Wichita and Scott Gaiser of Newton; and siblings Merle (and Pearl) Gaiser of Illinois and Carol (and Larry) Hague of Newton. He also is survived by four grandchildren, Krysta (and Nathan) Goetzinger of Andover, Kayley Gaiser of Lawrence, Melissa Gaiser of Newton, and Rebecca Gaiser of Wichita.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 5, at First Christian Church in Newton with the Rev. Gary Bell presiding. The burial site will be family only at the Restlawn Gardens of Memory cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 4, with the family receiving friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.

For those who have reached out regarding the needs of the family, please know your thoughts and prayers are appreciated. If inclined, flowers can be received at Petersen Funeral Home for Cliff’s funeral. Monetary donations can be made to Patsy Gaiser, received at Petersen Funeral Home, to be used toward the funeral costs and any of Cliff’s outstanding medical expenses.


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