Clifford D. Rein, 85, of Garden City, KS. passed away on Sept. 14, 2020, at High Plains Retirement Village in Lakin, KS. He was born to Henry and Pauline (Yeager) Rein on a farm near Bazine, KS., June 26, 1935. He attended school in a one-room schoolhouse southeast of Bazine. In 1954, he joined the Army, where he was a paratrooper with the 82ndAirborne at Fort Bragg, N.C. He was part of the 376 Field Artillery Battalion. In 1956, he was honorably discharged with the rank of SPC 4.
On Oct. 10, 1956, he married Lillyann Suppes at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in LaCrosse, KS. They moved to Larned, KS., where Cliff worked at a sheet metal company for two years before enrolling in barber school in Wichita, KS. in 1958. After graduating barber school, they moved to Garden City, KS., where he went to work for Frank Koksal, at Ace High Barber Shop on Fulton Street. He worked there for many years before starting his own business. On Nov. 16, 1971, he opened “Cliff’s Barber Shop” at the corner of Seventh and Laurel Streets. He worked with Danny Reitcheck, for four years, and then he ran the shop on his own for 44 years. On Aug. 3, 2019, Cliff retired after 61 years of cutting hair.
Cliff was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church, the American Legion and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and attending all of their events, taking care of his home and lawn, building and fixing things, and discussing family and politics with his many loyal customers.
He is survived by his wife, Lilly; one daughter, Debra (Mike) Olson, Lakin, KS, four grandchildren, Caitlin Olson, Kansas City, KS., Mckenzie Rein, Columbia, MO., Jacob Rein, Hays, KS., and Zachary Rein of Lakin, KS. He is also survived by his sister, JoAnn Schlegel of Pueblo, Co., and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Kenneth Rein and Dwayne Rein. one sister, Angleta Lapka, one brother, Gary Rein and granddaughter, Maggie Melynn Olson.
Visitation will be at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 3-8 p.m. and Sunday, from 12-5 p.m. A rosary and vigil will be held at St. Dominic Parish in Garden City, on Sunday at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be at St. Dominic Parish, Monday at 10:30 am. The Funeral Mass may also be viewed on Facebook Live on the Garnand Funeral Home Facebook page. Cliff requested, in lieu of flowers, that memorials be made to “Maggie’s Mission”, (a scholarship/Christian based community fund, established in 2012 in memory of his granddaughter, Maggie Olson) or “St. Dominic School” in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 412 N. Seventh Street, Garden City, KS., 67846. Condolences may be given at garnandfuneralhomes.com.
Posted online on September 17, 2020