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Clinton Lee Vawter
February 25, 1942 ~ November 11, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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Clinton Lee Vawter, 81, of Carbondale, KS passed away November 11, 2023 at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka, KS. He was born February 25, 1942 in Wakarusa, KS the son of Clarance “Bud” Vawter and Betty (Bodine) Vawter. He graduated from Carbondale High School with the Class of 1960.
He proudly served his country from 1963 - 1985 in the Kansas Army National Guard attaining the Rank of Sgt. First Class. He served in several units throughout the State of Kansas. He was ordered to active duty on May 13, 1968, stationed at Ft. Carson, CO to Company A, 2nd Bn, 137th Infantry. He then served in Viet-Nam, HHC 184th Ord Bn from December 1968 until December 1969.
He was united in marriage to Jeanette Steuernagel and later divorced.
After Clint’s retirement from the service, he worked at Wal-Mart in Leavenworth, KS and Topeka, KS. He owned and operated a restaurant, Clint’s Place in Carbondale, KS.
Clint was a member of the American Legion Post 400 in Topeka, KS and V.F.W. Post 1650 in Topeka, KS. He served as Post Commander and Commander for the State of Kansas. He was a member of C.O.O.T.I.E.S. where he recently represented the State of Kansas V.F.W. in Washington D.C. where he had placed a wreath. He was also a member of the Lions Club in Carbondale and Scranton, KS where he was the current President and held several offices. He also was a Past District Governor; and served on the Osage County Area on Aging Board.
Clint was very talented, smart and handy, everything from cooking, electronics, mechanics and engineering. He could do it all. He especially loved his kids and was a proud father, grandpa and uncle.
Mr. Vawter was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Chris Vawter; a daughter, Amy Vawter; and a brother, John Vawter.
Surviving family includes, a son, Terry Vawter and wife, Joann of Topeka, KS; a step-son, Joe Howard; a brother, Jim Vawter and wife, Sharon of Scranton, KS; three sisters, Lois Shuck and husband, Duane of Overbrook, KS, Nancy Southard and husband, Bill of Topeka, KS and Mary Burgett and husband, Greg of Carbondale, KS; three grandchildren, Kimberly, Kelsie and Clinton; five great grandchildren; and many nieces; nephews and cousins.
A Celebration of Clint's Life will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon, Saturday, December 2, 2023 at the Kansas National Guard Museum, 125 SE Airport Drive, Topeka, KS 66619. A graveside service with military honors will be held at a later date at the Shawnee Center Cemetery, Wakarusa, KS. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 400, Topeka, KS and sent in c/o the Lamb-Roberts-Price Funeral Home, P.O. Box 194, Burlingame, KS 66413.