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Major Clifford Kies, US Army (Ret)

Obituary for Major Clifford Kies, US Army (Ret)

August 11, 1922 - November 7, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 95


August 11, 1922 - November 7, 2017

Cliff Kies, age 95, of San Antonio, passed away on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 11, 1922, to parents George and Ethel Kies.

The family moved to Texas in 1930. Cliff graduated from Austin High School and attended the University of Texas, where he ran track. With the onset of WWII, Cliff joined the Army Air Corp as a fighter pilot flying the P51 Mustang in Europe. On his 59th mission he was gravely wounded but managed to return safely to England and received the Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Meritorious Service medals for his skill and courage. Back in Austin he met and married Nina (Fletcher) Kies on August 9, 1947. Cliff and Nina moved to San Antonio in 1949, where Cliff owned and operated the Harkness Pipe shop in the historic Clifford Building. After selling the business, Cliff followed in his father's footsteps building the roads and highways that connect Texas, first as a superintendent with Killian & House Construction, and finishing his career at White's Mines.

A true renaissance man, he loved sailing, cooking, chess, and had a great love for jazz. Cliff was president of the N.E. Little League and as a lifelong Astros fan, he lived to see them win their first World Series.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Ralph, sister Carol Lucius, and Nina, his loving wife of 67 years.

He is survived by his sons, Randall (Julie) of Austin; Roger of San Antonio; Brian (Nancy) of San Antonio; Chris (Betty) of San Antonio; and 6 grandchildren. This loving father and true patriot will be proudly remembered and sorely missed.

The family would like to thank the staff at AA Senior Care Services for their compassionate service.

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Interment with Full Military Honors will follow in Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

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