Charles "Charlie" Lynn Clifford, 64, of Sioux Falls, S.D., died Tuesday, February 6, 2007, peacefully at his home.
Charles Clifford, son of George and Ellen (Brazzell) Clifford was born Oct. 24, 1942, at Canton, S.D. He was the youngest of 13 children.
Charles moved with his family to Sioux Falls in 1954. He attended Hollister School. After graduation he was employed at the Sheltered Workshop, then for 30 years worked alongside his mother at her home day care, caring for more than 200 children. He then helped care for his mother until her death in 1998.
Charlie led a very full life. Visiting family in California, Florida, Iowa, Indiana, Oregon, Colorado and South Dakota. Highlights of his trips were a trip to Hawaii, a Caribbean cruise, watching the Columbia Space Shuttle lift off, ballooning, having a bit part in a movie of a hot air balloon, and visiting Washington D.C.
Charles was a longtime member of St. Joseph Cathedral, YMCA, Avera Wellness Center, and a bowling team, all in Sioux Falls. He enjoyed puzzles, TV, and working on the yard and in the garden.
Charlie was an extremely kind and loving person. He was a outgoing person who everyone knew and liked. He celebrated his spirituality and enjoyed taking long walks at Terrace Park. He was "Uncle Charlie" to a lot of people, and will be dearly missed.
Grateful for having shared his life are four brothers, George Clifford and his wife Ruth, Avilla, Ind., Jerry Clifford and his wife Darlene, Murrieta, Calif., Dennis Clifford, Hawarden, Ron Clifford and his wife Linda, Sonoma, Calif.; two sisters, Joan Heissel, Le Mars, and Patricia Clifford, Sioux Falls, S.D; many nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and family.
Charles was preceded in death by his father in 1965; his mother in 1998; two brothers, Jackie and Michael "Bud" Clifford; four sisters, Colleen Clifford, Delores Ulrickson, Marge DuVall, Mary Zimmerman; several brother and sisters-in-law; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Friday with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. and a Liturgical wake service followed by a rosary beginning at 6 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home, 13th & Main in Sioux Falls.
A Mass of Christian Burial Service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls, with burial at Grace Hill Cemetery in Hawarden.
The family requests that memorials be directed to the St. Joseph Cathedral Building Fund.