Clifford Robert DeStephens

May 24, 2013


Clifford Robert DeStephens, passed away at his residence unexpectedly on May 16, 2013, at the age of 64.

He was born in Mansfield on July 1, 1948, and is survived by a brother, Jim, of Gainsville, Fla.; a sister, Rachelle, of Oakland, Calif.; and brother, Rick, of Phoenix; along with nine nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by father, Bill; mother, Mary; and brother, Tom.

He graduated from Shawnee High School, The Ohio State University and the Ohio Northern School of Law. He was a longtime practicing attorney in Allen County. Cliff also served in the Ohio National Guard.

Cliff was a brother and a friend to many. He was an avid hunter and hand loader who never settled for mediocre. He would purchase products and find ways to improve them. His hunting equipment was never safe from his improvements. From a goose call that needed the reed reshaped or a brand new shotgun that needed the forcing cone lengthened, Cliff had his standards, and thatís the way he lived his life. He was always willing to share his experience and knowledge both in life and hunting. It didnít matter if you were a stranger or lifelong friend. He was always there with sound advice when needed and would go out of his way to help others. He often impressed people, even those that had differing opinions, with his ability to articulate his position and make his point without being offensive. Cliff was an incredible person and blessed those who were lucky enough to have known him. He will be tremendously missed.

A memorial service will be held near Harpster, at Kildeer Plains-H1 Pond on June 1. Contact Chris Smith at for details. A charity raffle of some of his hunting equipment is being planned with proceeds being donated to The Ohio Waterfowl Association in his name.

The Memorial Committee of the Allen County Bar Association will hold a memorial at 8 a.m. on May 31, in the fourth floor Probate Courtroom of the Allen County Courthouse.

Personal reflections to be shared with the family and friends may be forwarded to his brother Jim via email at Jim can also assist with any client records retrieval.

Arrangements are being handled by Chiles Laman Funeral & Cremation Services.