OSWEGO — Loyal Monroe Clough, 85, of Oswego passed away at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital, Wichita.
He was born March 6, 1927, in Fairview, Okla., to Harry Monroe and Anna (Harder) Clough.
He has lived in Oswego for 47 years, moving there from Lubbock, Texas. He owned and operated Clough Construction until his retirement in 1993.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was assigned to the USS Wayne in the Pacific Theatre. He was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He had previously been a member of Oswego Lions Club. There wasn't anything he couldn't build or create out of wood or metal. He was an amazing welder and always claimed that he could weld anything except the break of day or a broken heart.
Loyal married Louise Hawke. Three of their children survive: Cristy Lynn Mantonya, Oswego, Dennis Loyal Clough, Wichita, Randy Lee Clough, Edmond, Okla.
He married Joann L. Hutson on Dec. 28, 1967, in Juarez, Mexico. She survives. Also surviving are their three children, whom Loyal adopted: Dennis Ray Clough, Salt Lake City, Utah, Donna Jo McBroom, Oswego, and JoAnn Shepard, Houston, Texas.
Other survivors include a nephew, whom he helped raise, Mike Hudson, Idabel, Okla.; two brothers, Harry Clough, Yukon, Okla., and Lindy Clough, Enid, Okla.; three sisters, Hazel Rehm, Claremore, Okla., Aleene Bradshaw, Grand Junction, Colo., and Pauline Weaver, Fairview, Okla.; 15 grandchildren; 33 great- grandchildren; and a cousin as close as a brother, Melvin Cornelson, Fairview, Okla.
His parents and a brother, Leonard Clough, preceded him in death.
The service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Oswego. Burial will be in Oswego Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.