Lawrence H. Colliflower

Died: Sun., Feb. 27, 2011

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Lt. Col. Lawrence H. Colliflower, age 78, of Clovis, New Mexico, passed away on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at Covenant Specialty Hospital in Lubbock, Texas. He was born on December 24, 1932 to Arthur Benton and Merle Smith Colliflower in Robinson, Illinois.

Lt. Col Colliflower was a pilot in the United States Air Force and a Vietnam Veteran. He married Sylvia Ann Kilpatrick on March 16, 1957 in Bishopville, South Carolina, and received a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois. He had an extensive career in the Air Force, serving as an instructor pilot on numerous aircrafts, and holding positions such as Aircraft Commander, Operations Officer, Chief of Aircrew Training, and Chief of Quality Assurance. He was assigned to the only F-111 unit in Southeast Asia, and led the first F-111 flight into the Republic of Korea.

Amongst many honors, Lt. col. Colliflower also received the Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with nine Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Star. Upon retiring from the military in 1980, he earned his Master's degree ins Business Administration from Eastern New Mexico University, and then served as an accounting instructor at ENMU and Clovis Community College. After Sylvia's passing, he married Liling Chu on October 4, 2005 in Clovis, New Mexico. Lt. Col. Colliflower was a member of The Order of Daedalians, America's premier fraternal organization of U.S. Military Pilots.

He is survived by three daughters, Barbara (James Farmer) Blocker of Lubbock, Texas, Connie (Mark) Harrison of Clovis, New Mexico, and Stacey (Jimmy) Davis of Hobbs, New Mexico; wife, Liling Chu Colliflower of Clovis, and her four daughters, Tina Huang of Taiwan, Carry Huang (David Sandoval), Angel Huang and Wanerh Chen, all of Clovis, New Mexico; seven grandchilren, Justin Sullivan of Orlando, Florida, Kyndra Sullivan of Lubbock, Texas, Chance and Jorde Pettigrew, both of Clovis, New Mexico, and Marissa, Stratton and Dawson Davis, all of Hobbs, New Mexico; one great-grandchild, Reece McGrath of Lubbock, Texas; three sisters, Jetta Lee Loughery of Robinson, Illinois, Marilyn (Don) Alton of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and Sue Ellen (Ret Lt. Col. Jackson) Reavill of White Stone, Virginia; and one sister-in-law, Gail Kilpatrick of Decatur, Georgia.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Sylvia Ann Colliflower; a brother, David Colliflower; a brother-in=-law, Richard Loughery; and two nephews, Kirk Reavill and Joe Loughery.

Local services will be Tuesday March 8, 2011 at 11:00 am with visitation on Monday March 7, 2011 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Pulliam Funeral Home,Robinson, Illinois, with interment in Oak Grove Cemetery, rural Palestine, Illinois. Memorial contributions may be made to Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, Texas 79174-0001, with envelopes available at the funeral home.

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