TRAVERSE CITY — Clifford Lewis Amidon, formerly of Interlochen, died Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at Tendercare of Traverse City. He was born on March 22, 1925, in Inland Township, Benzie County, the fifth son of Leslie Fern and Lillian (Briggs) Amidon.
With the death of his father when Cliff was only two years of age, the family moved a great deal until settling in Grawn.
He continued in school until the end of the 11th grade when he decided to join the World War II effort by enlisting in the U.S. Navy. After graduating from Signalman training in January 1944 with the rank of Petty Officer Third Class, he served in the Pacific on the refueling ship, the U.S.S. Whippoorwill, until the end of the war.
After the war he returned to Grawn, where he married the girl who literally lived next door, Jeanette Joyce Wagner, on Nov. 14, 1947. They built a home just north of Chums Corners.
He valued hard work and put in long hours managing two gas stations on South Union Street, eventually retiring from his business, Cliff’s Major Muffler Service.
He didn’t have time for hobbies, but he did love to read a newspaper or a piece of nonfiction and spend time with his family, especially the grandchildren whom he adored.
Cliff is survived by his five children, Patsy (Ken) Gregory, of Traverse City, Doug Amidon, of Traverse City, Karen (Gene) Fritz, of Pellston, David (Sherri) Amidon, of Traverse City, and Daryl (Ingrid) Amidon, of Dallas, Texas; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; his brother, Lt. Col. Ervan (Elinor) Amidon (Ret.); and his two sisters, Tricia (Amidon) Blackmoore and Tina (Amidon) Wagner.
Preceding him in death were his wife and three brothers, Carl, Leonard and Arthur.
A celebration of life will be held for Cliff at a future date. Burial will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
Please sign Cliff’s online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.