Services for Marion native Edson Clifford “Cliff” Jewett Jr., 88, who died Feb. 28 in Anaheim, California, will be later in California.
Born Dec. 22, 1934, in Marion, Kansas to Edson Jewett Sr. and Bernice (Baxter) Jewett, he attended Marion High School, the University of Kansas, Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, and Wichita State University and began work at Cessna Aircraft.
He married Linda White on March 16, 1957, in Mt. Hope and that same year was drafted into the Army, serving in Alexandria, Virginia, and Guam, where he helped track satellites.
After two years, he went back to WSU while working at Cessna, then moved to California, where he received a degree in finance from California State University, Long Beach, and began working at Douglas Aircraft which became McDonald Douglas and then Boeing.
He traveled the globe teaching about the electrical systems of DC-9 and DC-10 aircraft before taking early retirement in the Denver area and then moved to Mt. Hope, where he acquired and renovated houses and built new homes. He also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, following in the footsteps of his father, who was a carpenter.
He and Linda eventually moved back to Southern California.
She survives along with daughter Kristi Van Huele, son, Edson Jewett III, daughter Karen Christianson, sister Carol Thompson, 10 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
Sister Loretta White preceded him in death.
A memorial has been established with Mount Hope Emergency Medical Services, PO Box 382, Mt. Hope KS 67108.
Last modified March 30, 2023