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Dunn County Obituaries
May 2001

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the 
May 2, 2001 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Russell J. Smith

Dunn County News, Wednesday, May 2, 2001, A6

Russell J. Smith, age 92, of Menomonie, died Sunday, April 29, 2001, at the Dunn County Health Care Center.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 3, 2001, at the Sampson Funeral Chapel in Colfax with burial in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Menomonie.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of services Thursday at the funeral chapel.

Robert G. Noble

Dunn County News, Wednesday, May 2, 2001, A6

Robert G. Noble, age 79, of White Bear Lake, Minn., passed away Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001, in Sun City, Ariz.

Memorial services are 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2001, at Knapp United Methodist Church in Knapp.

Memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society.


Louise (Waldbuessen) Langel

Dunn County News, Sunday, May 6, 2001, A6

Louise (Waldbuessen) Langel, 92, of Colfax, died Friday, May 4, at Area Nursing Home in Colfax.

Louise was born July 18, 1908, to Jacob and Pauline Buchner in Reilingen, Germany. She came to the United States at age 3 and attended school in the Bloomer and Popple Creek area.

Louise married Otto D. Waldbuesser on Oct. 22, 1927, in Chicago. He preceded her in death in 1961, and for the next 15 years she cared for her granddaughters and helped on the farm.

Louise married Frank W. Langel on Dec. 16, 1976, in Colfax. Her life centered around family and friends and she was an active member of Holden Lutheran Church. Louise lived in Colfax for 57 years, and was a resident of Area Nursing Home since 1996.

Louise is survived by her son Otto (Marilyn) Waldbuesser of Menomonie; step-son, Kenneth (Martha) Langel of Lynden, Wash.; three sisters, Mary Bateman of Colfax, Lena (Lewis) Olson of Colfax and Lorraine (LaVerne) Miller of Eau Claire; sister-in-law, Alma Buchner of Colfax; two granddaughters, Susan (Dan) Caturia of Arkansaw and Carolyn (Dean) Mense of Hayward; foster grandson, David (Vicky) Larson of Ottawa, Ill.; two step-grandchildren, Gaylon Langel and Stephanie Langel; great-grandchild, Savannah Louise Caturia, and two step-great-grandchildren.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; a brother, William Buchner, and two sisters, Elsie Sudbrink and Amelia Fagerland.

Services will be on Monday May 6, at 1 p.m. at Holden Lutheran Church with Rev. Jeanie Warner officiating. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Colfax.

Friends may call on today (Sunday) from 5 until 8 p.m. at Sampson Funeral Chapel, Colfax, and one hour prior to service time at the church on Monday.

The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer's Association, Holden Lutheran Church or Area Nursing Home.

Arlene Harnisch

Dunn County News, Sunday, May 6, 2001, A6

Arlene Harnisch, age 61, of 265 Buehler Ave., Nekoosa, formerly of Wheeler and Eagle River, died Wednesday, May 2, 2001, at the House of Dove in Marshfield.

Mrs. Harnisch was born July 31, 1939, in Chicago to William and Marie (Hager) Koppenhoefer. She was formerly married to La Vern Harnisch. Arlene was a home health care nurse in both Eagle River and Wisconsin Rapids.

She is survived by her son, Donald (Joan) Harnish of Nekoosa; three grandchildren, Sabrina, Tanya and Aaron; and one brother, Robert (Joan) Koppenhoefer of Aurora, Ill.

Her parents, a granddaughter, Tabatha, and three brothers, Donald, Larry and Kenneth, preceded her in death.

Funeral services were Friday, May 4, 2001, at the Feldner/Ritchay Funeral Home in Nekoosa with the Rev. Rebecca Neal Niese officiating. Following cremation, a committal service was held in Wheeler.

Douglas S. Alfors

Dunn County News, Wednesday, May 9, 2001

Douglas Stephen Alfors, age 56, 1214 Seventh St., Menomonie, died suddenly on Friday, May 4, 2001, at his home.

He was born Sept. 2, 1944, at Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn., to Rev. Willis and Ethel (Hansen) Alfors.

Douglas worked for the University of Minnesota Dental School for 30 years before retiring. He then moved to Menomonie and worked for the State of Minnesota doing computer technologies from home.

He is survived by his mother, Ethel Alfors of North St. Paul, Minn., and a special family friend, Peter Van Dyken of Duluth, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.

Funeral services are being planned by the Sandberg Mortuary in North St. Paul. Smith Funeral Chapel & Eau Claire Memorial Crematory in Eau Claire is handling local arrangements.

Virginia G. Hill

Dunn County News, Wednesday, May 9, 2001

Virginia G. Hill, age 84, of Colfax, died Friday, May 4, 2001, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.

Virginia was born Sept. 20, 1916, in Gilmanton to George and Gena Drinkwine. She married Harry E. Hill on June 22, 1937 in Colfax.

A lifelong resident of Colfax, Virginia was a member of the Colfax United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was also a member of Faith Circle and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include her son, Donald Hill of Colfax; two grandchildren, Heidi (Jim) Krall and Gary (Christie) Hill, both of Colfax; three great-grandchildren, Adam and Austin Krall and Cole Hill, and one sister, Thelma Rosewell of Texas.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry, in 1987; and tow sisters, Mae Hulbert and Elaine Otto.

Funeral services for Virginia Hill were Tuesday, May 8, 2001, at the Colfax United Methodist Church with the Rev. Steve Groves officiating. interment was in Hill Grove Cemetery.

Sampson Funeral Chapel in Colfax was in charge of arrangements.

Alden G. Metling

Dunn County News, Wednesday, May 9, 2001

Alden G. Metling, age 77, of Pacifica, Calif., died Monday, April 30, 2001, in California.

He was born July 13, 1923, in Menomonie, the son of Ben and Melissa Metling. He graduated in 1941 from Menomonie High School. during World War II, he served in the U.S. Army. later he moved to California where he worked in construction.

Alden is survived by his loving wife, Arleta; three daughters, Sandy, Judy and Vicki; a son, Douglas; 10 grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Audrey and JoAnn; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Alden was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Donna Mae; and two brothers, John and Wallace.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 10, 2001, at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Pacifica. Memorials preferred to the church at 1165 Seville Drive, Pacifica, CA 94044.

Alton R. Christopherson

Dunn County News, Wednesday, May 9, 2001

Alton R. Christopherson, age 89, of rural Elk Mound, died Monday, May 7, 2001, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie. 

Alton was born Feb. 17, 1912, in rural Elk Mound to Carl and Mary (Thompson) Christopherson. He graduated from Elk Mound High and attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn. On June 11, 1938, he married Gulinda Jenson at the Elk Mound Lutheran parsonage. She preceded him in death on March 20, 2001, after 62 years of marriage.

During his life, Alton was an active churchman, serving as president of the Big Elk Creek Lutheran congregation, church treasurer, deacon, Sunday School superintendent, and Luther League advisor. His love for music was a lifelong passion, which resulted in him singing in musical organizations his entire life.  On the civic front, he served as Elk Mound township assessor, clerk, ASC committeeman, director of the Dunn County REA, and 4-H leader.

Alton will be greatly missed by his son, Elton John (Eileen) of Elk Mound; his two daughters, Anita (Earl( Gransee of Belle Plaine, Minn., and Bonnie (Douglas) Feig of Starkville, Miss.; his grandchildren, Tony of Elk Mound and Bryan (Liz) Christopherson of Eau Claire, Vicky (Dan) Wine of Glenwood City, Corinne Gransee of Eau Claire, Michelle Gransee of Finland, Minn., Sonja Feig of Minneapolis, Minn., and Daniel Feig of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; a great-grandchild, Dylan Christopherson; like a son to him, Douglas (Mary) Sorenson of superior, children Todd and Tabetha, and a grandchild, Samantha; one sister, Effie Link of Seattle, Wash.; and many nieces, nephews and  cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Ben, Loyd and Archie; five sisters, Selma, Tilla, Cora, Ella Peterson, and Verna Newton; and a grandson, Christopher Feig.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12, 2001 at Big Elk Creek Lutheran Church with Pastor Hal Schroetter officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. 

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Sampson Funeral Chapel in Colfax and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

Clifford A. "Kip" Anderson

Dunn County News, Sunday, May 13, 2001, A6

Clifford A. "Kip" Anderson, age 87, of the Congress Street Apartments, formerly of 222 Platt St., Eau Claire, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at The Clairemont.

He was born Sept. 8, 1913, in Eau Claire to Arthur J. and Emma (Larson) Anderson. He married Clarice M. Eick on Aug. 24, 1941, at First Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.

Clifford worked in the accounts payable department at Uniroyal Tire Co. for 35 years, retiring in 1974. He was a member of First Lutheran Church.

He loved golfing and was a former world championship log roller. Clifford enjoyed Big Band music and dancing.

Survivors include two brothers, Robert T. Anderson of Stevens Point and Lawrence W. Anderson of Eau Claire; two sisters, Dorothy M. Drake of Eau Claire and Elaine Johnson of Wisconsin Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Clarice "Ike", in 1993, two brothers, LaVerne and Doug; two sisters, Mary LaValley and infant Dorothy Anderson; and nieces and nephews.

Graveside memorial services were Saturday, May 12, 2001 at Lakeview Cemetery in Eau Claire with the Rev. Dr. Duane C. Pederson officiating.

The family suggests memorials be directed to the First Lutheran Church Radio Fund. Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funderal Home in Eau Claire served the family.

Ruby E. Strand

Dunn County News, Sunday, May 13, 2001, A6

Ruby E. Strand, age 87, of Glenwood City, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001, at the Glenhaven Nursing Home in Glenwood City.

Ruby was born Aug. 1, 1913, in St. Croix County to Charles and Emma (Walker) Peterson. She was a lifelong resident of Glenwood City.

Ruby lived at Glenhaven since 1985. As a resident, she remained involved and interested in the world around her. She helped mend clothing at the home.

Ruby will be remembered for her kind and encouraging ways, quilts, doilies and afghans, many of which were entered in the St. Croix County Fair each year.

She will be sadly missed.

Ruby is survived by one brother, Donald Cartwright of Menomonie; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Olaf in 1969; a brother, Marshall Peterson; and a sister, Marian Drinkman.

Interment of cremates will be private at a later date. Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City handled arrangements.

George D. Caswell

Dunn County News, Sunday, May 13, 2001, A6

George D. Caswell, 84, of Ridgeland, died Thursday, May 10, 2001, at Pioneer Nursing Home in Prairie Farm'

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, at Ridgeland Lutheran Church, the Rev. Steven Carlson officiating. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Prairie Farm.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 14, at the Mark Rausch Funeral Home in Dallas and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Lorraine A. Lidster

Dunn County News, Sunday, May 13, 2001, A6

Lorraine A. Lidster, 84, of Menomonie, died Friday, May 11, 2001, at Care Partners Assisted Living in Menomonie.

Lorraine was born March 14, 1917, in the Colfax area of Dunn County. She was the daughter of Louis and Alma (Danhoff) Hanke. Lorraine graduated from Menomonie High School in 1934.

She married Lloyd Confer and they lived on the Hanke home farm for several years. They moved to Detroit, Mich., and Lloyd died in 1963. Lorraine continued to live in Michigan and later married Carl Lidster on Aug. 12, 1967. They remained in Michigan until 1986 when they moved to Menomonie. Lorraine has been a resident of Care Partners Assisting Living for the past two years.

Lorraine is survived by her husband, Carl of Downing; a daughter, Deborah Confer of Menomonie; a son, Michael Confer of Cummings, Mich.; four step-children, Terry Lidster and Patricia Lidster, both of White Lake, Mich., Brad Lidster of Garland, Tex., and Dawn Gentry of Metamaira, Mich; and a sister-in-law, Arlene Hanke of Colfax.

Her parents, her first husband, Lloyd, and a brother, Irvin Hanke, preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 14, 2001 at the Tainter United Methodist Church, rural Colfax, with Rev. Steve Groves officiating.

Herman Carlton (Arne) Arneson

Dunn County News, Sunday, May 20, 2001, A6

Herman Carlton (Arne) Arneson, age 95, of Menomonie died peacefully on May 15, 2001, at the American Lutheran Home, just one week after his 95th birthday.

Born in 1906 in Pelican Rapids, Minn., Arne grew up in a family of eight brothers and sisters on a farm outside of town. As a young man, Arne graduated from Pelican Rapids (Minn.) High School and then from Northland College with a degree in biology. He then earned a Master's Degree in entomology from the University of Minnesota.

Arne was a committed educator for over 40 years, teaching first in Bemidji (Minn.) High School and then at Valley City Teachers College. In 1945, he moved his family to Menomonie, where he taught biology, physiology and genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Stout until 1975.

During World War II, he taught airplane mechanics as a civilian instructor for the United States Army Air Corps. He was active in developing the Stout University Foundation and served as its treasurer for many years.

Arne Arneson will be deeply missed by his loving daughter, Katherine Blankenburg and son-in-law Brian Blankenburg of Baltimore, Md. Other surviving relatives include nephew Tom Arneson of Fergus Falls, Minn., and niece Mary Beth Schlueter of Glenwood, Minn., and their families.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margaret Arneson; parents Adolph and Caroline Arneson; sisters Georgia, Alma, Esther and Myrtle, and brothers Norman, Victor and John.

The family wishes to thank the dedicated and caring staff at Autumn Village and the American Lutheran Home.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Memorials may be directed to the Herman C. Arneson Scholarship Fund, Stout University Foundation, 320 South Broadway, Menomonie, Wis. 54751.

Arrangements were made by Olson Funeral Home, Menomonie.

Arthur W. Brandvold

Dunn County News, Wed, May 23, 2001, A6

Arthur W. Brandvold, age 97, of Spring Valley, formerly of Wilson, died Thursday, May 17, at the Spring Valley Health Care Center.

Arthur was born Oct. 14, 1903, in Menomonie to Christian and Mary (Christianson) Brandvold. He graduated from Menomonie High School with the class of 1921. Arthur married Linda Jackson on Sept. 18, 1924, in Wilson. He married Doris Kaffbeck on Sept. 18, 1971, in Menomonie.

Art was a resident of Wilson for 69 years where he owned and operated an IGA grocery for 34 years until his retirement in 1972. He was a resident of Spring Valley since his retirement.

Arthur served on the Board of Directors of the Spring Lake Telephone Co. for 15 years, was Wilson village clerk for 32 years, and a lifetime member of the Wilson Lutheran Church in Wilson.

Survivors include his wife Doris of Spring Valley; son William J. and his wife Rebecca of Mattoon, Ill.; daughter-in-law Clissene Brandvold of Phoenix, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Sherry Podlascek of Arden Hills, Minn., Jacque Starr of Anchorage, Alaska, Chris Brandvold of Littleton, Colo., and Mike Brandvold of Minnetonka, Minn.; three step-grandchildren, Pale of Chicago, Ill., Jennifer Lee of Cisna Park, Ill.,. and Nina Lewis of Phoenix; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Linda in 1969; two sons, Mickey in 1932 and James L. in 1998; and a brother Malcolm in 1997.

Funeral services were Monday, May 21, 2001, at the Wilson Lutheran Church with Pastor Jeff Driscoll officiating. Music was provided by Carole Lynum, organist, and Joe Menter, vocalist. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Honorary bearers were Harlan Stene, Sherry Podlascek, Jacque Starr, Chad Shafer, Kari Shafer and Todd Shafer. Bearers were Pete DeGross, Terry Shafer, Bob Brandvold, Chris Brandvold, Mike Brandvold and Kenneth Kongshaug.

Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley handled arrangements.

The family requests memorials be directed to the Wilson Lutheran Church in Wilson.

Jerome M. Moore

Dunn County News, Wed, May 23, 2001, A6

Jerome M. Moore, age 78, of Puyallup, Wash., passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2001.

Jerome was born in Weston in 1922. He moved to Washington State in 1945 after serving in the Army during World War II in the Aleutian Islands. He was a master mason and enjoyed outdoor activities.

He is survived by two sons, Dennis of Sumner, Wash., and Randy of Lewiston, Idaho; two grandsons, Craig of Auburn, Wash., and Sean of Sumner; three grandchildren; five sisters, Loretta Brown of Elmwood, Luberta (Dave) Bairstow of Amery, Lucille Decker and Avis Glampe, both of Menomonie, and Ruby Owen Bowell of Luck; and three brothers, Milton (Deloris) Moore of Grand Forks, N.D., Eugene (Darlene) Moore of Menomonie, and David (Som) Moore of Wilson.

He was preceded in death by Leslie, his beloved wife of 51 years.

Memorial services were Thursday, April 19, 2001, at the Powers Funeral Home in Puyallup.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

He was buried in Woodbine Cemetery.

James Irwin Gibbons

Dunn County News, Wed, May 23, 2001, A6

James Irwin Gibbons, age 81, of 3316 S. McColl, Edinburg, Texas 78539, passed away Friday, May 18, 2001, from congestive heart failure.

Funeral services were Monday, May 21, 2001, at the First United Methodist Church in Edinburg.

Arthur H. Sempf

Dunn County News, Wed, May 23, 2001, A6

Arthur H. Sempf, age 83, formerly of Downing, died Friday, May 18, 2001, at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.

Art was born Oct. 1, 1917, in the Town of Emerald to Gust and Agnes (Schriber) Sempf. He worked for a dairy in New Jersey and later worked for the Civil Conservation Corps. Upon returning to Wisconsin, Art worked for a time at Stella Cheese.

Arthur married Eileen Breslin on Nov. 3, 1951, in Iowa. Art spent the weeks working in St. Paul driving local deliveries. He was a 30-year member of Local 120 Teamsters. Art spent his weekends on a farm north of Downing raising beef cows. He enjoyed the outdoors - cutting wood, traveling and camping.

Art was an active member of St. John's Catholic Church in Glenwood City.

Art is survived b two daughters and two sons, Mary Lou (Harry) Standaert of Amery, Julie (Steven) Cole of Gilbert, Ariz., Theodore (Joan) Sempf of Sun Prairie, and Timothy (Mary) Sempf of Downing; 10 grandchildren, Kim (Todd) Kjeseth, Kevin (Kelly) Standaert, Kari (Matt) Berquam, Stacy and Hunter Cole, Jessica and Corey Sempf, and Jakob, Brett and Erica Sempf; seven great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Eileen in 1993; four brothers, Edward Woodly, Theodore, Paul and Gustav; and one sister, Marion Klinger.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, May 21, 2001, at St. John's Catholic Church in Glenwood City with Father Jozef Barszcz officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Genevieve Jackelen was organist and Neleeta Maurer, vocalist. Serving as pallbearers were Dave Sempf, Tom Sempf, Bill Sempf, Terry Klinger, Mike Klinger and Dion Klinger.

Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City handled arrangements.

Clarence L. Newville Sr.

Dunn County News, Sunday, May 27, 2001, A6

Clarence L. Newville Sr., age 75, of Rice Lake, died Tuesday, May 22, 2001, at his home.

Funeral services were Friday, May 25, 2001, at Faith Lutheran Church in Cameron with the Rev. Paul Tobiason officiating.

Burial was in St. Matthew's Cemetery, Town of Clinton.

Mark Rausch Funeral Home in Cameron handled arrangements.


Bess Hanson

Dunn County News, Sunday, May 27, 2001, A6

Bess Hanson was born on March 17, 1925, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Pauline and Joseph Frano.

In her infancy she was made a child of God through the sacrament of Holy Baptism at Holy Trinity Slovak Lutheran Church in Chicago.

She had her elementary schooling in Chicago and in Connorsville. She graduated from Boyceville High School and attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

On Oct. 5, 1946, she was united in marriage with Robert Hanson. She was the mother of two children, her son, Brent Joseph, and her daughter, Polly Fay.

In 1963, Bess and Bob and family moved to River Forest, Ill. At that time she joined Grace Lutheran Church together with her family and remained a member throughout the remaining years of her life.

She was the co-owner of the Pink Veranda Dress Shop in Oak Park, Ill., until a crippling disease began its severe effects, a burden she bore with faith and courage during the past 35 years of her life.

She died in Christ's peace in her 76th year on May 7, 2001, faithfully attended by her family. In her death she leaves her husband, Robert, her son Brent (Michelle) Hanson, her daughter, Polly (Mark) Kody and her two grandchildren, Kelly and Brent Kody, her sister, Beverly (Dean) Lueking, and a wider circle of relatives and friends.

Her remains are laid to rest in the Grace Lutheran Church Columbarium, there to await the resurrection call of Christ Jesus our Lord.


Bert B. Peterson

Dunn County News, Sunday, May 27, 2001, A6

Bert B. Peterson, age 71, died Saturday, May 19, 2001, at his home in Port Orange, Fla.

Mr. Peterson was a native of Menomonie, and resided in Oak Creek for 20 years where he was an owner operator, before retiring nine years ago to Port Orange.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Phyllis (nee Styer); eight children, Gary (Joanne) of South Milwaukee, Linda Peterson of Minneapolis, Minn., Karen (Charlie) Higgins of New Holstein, John (Barb) of Eau Claire, Judy (Bob) Strehlow of Iron Ridge, Ronnie (Barb) of Lomira, Debbie (Charlie) Rode of Oak Creek, and Suzanne Peterson of Hubertus; two sisters, Goldie Wolfe of Menomonie and Betty Doughtery of Minneapolis; 20 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, May 26, 2001, at the Molthen-Bell Funeral Home in South Milwaukee.

Clifford E. Shafer

Dunn County News, Wed, May 30, 2001, A6

Clifford E. Shafer, age 75, of Machesney Park, Ill., died Sunday, May 27, 2001, at his home.

He was born Aug. 8, 1925, in Downsville, the son of Ernest and Alma Wright Shafer. He married Gladys Ione Flynn in Waukegan, Ill., on Oct. 4, 1952. She preceded him in death on Sept. 27, 2000.

Clifford was a business agent for Local Lodge 1553 Machinist Union/AFL-CIO for 11 years retiring in 1985 and was employed by Ekstrom-Carlson for 21 years as a machinist. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy and Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church since 1974, founder of Lodge 1553 Machinist Federal Credit Union in 1967, and did voluntarily services as treasurer for 25 years.

Clifford was a bell ringer for many years with the Salvation Army, member of Senior Citizens Council of Illinois, Harlem Democrats Club, Navy Club, Rockford Labor Union, and former Grand Marshal of the Labor Day Parade. He was a lifelong Democrat.

Clifford is survived by two daughters, Teresa Villareal of Loves Park, Ill., and Patrice Pruitt of Dallas, Texas; two grandchildren, Joseph and Erin Fitzgerald of Dallas; a great-granddaughter, Chloe Vargas of Houston, Texas; two brothers, Lester (Junita} Shafer of Wabasha, and Arthur (Aiko) Shafer of Washington, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. Saturday, June 2, 2001, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rockford, Ill.

Visitation is from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, 2001, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. Graveside services will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in the Town of Dunn with the Rev. Richard Klabunde officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.


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