Coy Glendon Gifford passed away June 1, 2017 at the age of 95 surrounded by family.
Born on an Etowah, Oklahoma farm on August 26, 1921 to Jay and Nora Gifford, Coy had 5 brothers (Perry, Melvin, Ralph, Glenn and Bill) and 5 sisters (Audis, Vera, Allene, Buena Mae and Lahretta).
Coy went to California in 1940 and was drafted into the Army in 1942. He was shipped overseas to Casablanca, wounded in Anzio and hospitalized in Naples, Italy for 3 months. He was reclassified and assigned to an Italian troop ship, which went to all Mediterranean Sea ports. Honorably discharged in 1945, Coy was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Expert Infantry Rifle Badge, Combat Ribbon and the Presidential Citation.
Coy was hired at China Lake on January 4th, 1947 and retired January 4th, 1974.
He enjoyed spending summers camping and waterskiing at Lake Diaz and fishing at Lone Pine Creek. He made sure the grandkids knew how to fish and water-ski. He took great pride and was well known for his perfectly pruned trees and manicured yard.
Coy leaves his wife of 68 years, Dorothy Gifford, sons Michale (Marilyn) Gifford of Bakersfield, and William Gifford of Ridgecrest, grandchildren Brian (Lisa) Gifford of Reno, Eric Gifford of Bakersfield, Krystle (Justin) Coffman of Willits, Jay Gifford of Bishop and Nicole (James Elroy of Lancaster, great-granchildren Hannah, Reese, Gavin Coy, and Rylee Gifford.
Graveside services were held at Desert Memorial Park, June 24, 2017 at 11:00.
Published on August 14, 2017