Cline A. Clift, 60, a Washington Gas Light Co. Employe for 35 years before his retirement in 1974 and a veteran of World War II, died of kidney failure Wednesday at Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria.

Mr. Clift joined Washington Gas Light about 1937 as a helper in the service department. He then served with the 43rd Naval Construction Battalion in the Aleutian Islands an in the Pacific theater during World War II. After the war, he returned to Washington Gas Light and was a serviceman in the heating and air conditioning department when he retired in 1974.

A native of Fredericksburg, Va., he moved here with his family at the age of 4. He graduated from Eastern High School, where he was a member of the football and track teams.

Mr. Clift lived in Alexandria and was a member of the Plymouth Haven Baptist Church there.

Survivors include his wife, Eroll Hutchins Clift of Alexandria; two daughters, Patricia Evans of Arlington and Joan Roush of Milledgeville, Ga.; his mother, Matilda Clift, and a sister, Elma Eaton, both of Berkshire, Md.; another sister, Nettie Snight of Falls Church, and three grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the National Kidney Foundation or to the Plymouth Haven Baptist Church.