Clinton Vawter, 81, Carbondale: Feb. 25, 1942 – Nov. 11, 2023 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Clinton Vawter, 81, Carbondale: Feb. 25, 1942 – Nov. 11, 2023

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Clinton Lee Vawter, 81, of Carbondale, Kan., passed away Nov. 11, 2023, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. He was born Feb. 25, 1942, in Wakarusa, Kan., the son of Clarance “Bud” Vawter and Betty (Bodine) Vawter.

He graduated from Carbondale High School with the class of 1960.

He proudly served his country from 1963 to 1985 in the Kansas Army National Guard, attaining the rank of Sgt. First Class. He served in several units throughout Kansas. He was ordered to active duty on May 13, 1968, and stationed at Ft. Carson, Colo., to Company A, 2nd Bn, 137th Infantry. He then served in Vietnam, HHC 184th Ord Bn from December 1968 until December 1969.

He was united in marriage to Jeanette Steuernagel, and later divorced.

After Clint’s retirement from the service, he worked at Walmart, in Leavenworth, Kan., and Topeka. He owned and operated a restaurant, Clint’s Place, in Carbondale.

Clint was a member of the American Legion Post 400, Topeka, and VFW Post 1650, Topeka. He served as post commander and commander for the state of Kansas. He was a member of Cooties, for which he recently represented the Kansas VFW in Washington D.C., where he placed a wreath. He was also a member of the Lions Club in Carbondale and Scranton, Kan., where he was the current president and held several offices. He also was a Lions past district governor. He served on the Osage County Area on Aging board.

Clint was very talented, smart and handy, everything from cooking, electronics, mechanics and engineering. He could do it all. He especially loved his kids and was a proud father, grandpa and uncle.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Chris Vawter; a daughter, Amy Vawter; and a brother, John Vawter.

Surviving family includes a son, Terry Vawter and wife, Joann, of Topeka; stepson, Joe Howard; brother, Jim Vawter and wife, Sharon, Scranton; three sisters, Lois Shuck and husband, Duane, Overbrook, Kan., Nancy Southard and husband, Bill, Topeka, and Mary Burgett and husband, Greg, Carbondale; three grandchildren, Kimberly, Kelsie and Clinton; five great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Cremation is planned. A graveside service with military honors will be held at a later date at the Shawnee Center Cemetery, Wakarusa.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Legion Post 400, and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Price Funeral Home, PO Box 194, Burlingame, KS 66413. Condolences can be left at

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