Clarence Z. Guliford Wednesday, September 21, 1938 - Saturday, July 15, 2017

Clarence Zachariah Guliford affectionately known as "Buck" age 78, passed away at Midland Hospice. He was born on Wednesday, September 21, 1938 in Topeka, Kansas to the parentage of William Zachariah Willbe Guliford and Nancy Woods Guliford. He received his formal education from the Topeka Public School system. On November 14, 1955, he entered the United States Marine Corps where he served actively served for 22 ½ years and 7 ½ years in the reserves. Clarence served in Indochina, Korea and Vietnam. While in the United States Marine Corps he earned the Presidential Unit Citation Award, Good Conduct Medal Award (4th Award), Rifle Marksman Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea), Vietnam Service Medal with Two Stars, Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60- Device, Meritorious Mast and was a master chef and cook. After serving his country for 30 years he retired and was honorably discharged in 1977 with the rank of Gunnery Sergeant {E7}. Clarence was married to Jacqueline Earl on February 9, 1968 in Pasadena, California. Jacqueline preceded him in death. He later married the former Crystal Allen on November 8, 2008 in Topeka, Kansas, she survives. Clarence worked as a truck driver for Massey and Sons Recycling for many years. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign War Organization. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Chrystal of the home: daughters, LaYatana Guliford of California, April Ann Guliford-Johnson of Evansville, Indiana, RoShawn Smilley of California and Kelly (LaKelver)Dionne Guliford-Butler of Evansville, Indiana; stepsons, Antoine Marks and Alexander Walker both of Topeka, Kansas; stepdaughters, Antoinette Campbell, Rebeka Marks, and Rebie Marks all of Topeka, Kansas; brother, Phillip Willbe Guliford of Monrovia, California; 23 grandchildren, other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, William Zachariah Willbe Guliford and Nancy Woods Guliford, wife, Jacqueline Guliford and sisters, Anna Mae Newton and Lillian D. Akins-Marion. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 21, 2017, at Bowser-Johnson Funeral Chapel, 723 SW 6th Avenue. Visitation will be Thursday, July 20, 2017, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Burial will follow at Mt. Auburn Cemetery.

Clarence "Buck" Z. Guliford - United States Marine Corps

So sorry for the loss of uncle buck a lot of memories since we where kids lots of cakes and pastries to the family remember the good times,all the times we where stuck in snow and he had to come get us.R.I.P. Uncle. Buck

Buck had a kind and gentle soul. Always willing to help when needed. Going to miss you brother in-law. Rest In Peace old buddy.

Semper Fi my brother, till we meet again and as the hymn goes, as we look upon heaven scenes, the gates are guarded by the United States Marines" peace be with those of family.