June 29, 1936 - March 3, 2023
Cliff passed away peacefully, at the age of 86, on the afternoon of Friday, March 3rd, with his daughters and sons-in-law by his side. His last wish was to go home to God and Ruby, his wife of 60 years.
Cliff spent his young life on the south side of Chicago with his mother, Aunt, Uncle, and two sisters. An accomplished athlete, Cliff accepted a football scholarship to Iowa State where he studied industrial engineering. Before his departure from Chicago, he married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Ruby. After the birth of their first child, they went back to Chicago where he finished his degree, with honors, from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Cliff’s career took him all over the world, leaving him and Ruby with a love of the west. They explored from the backroads of Colorado to California, and along the way, acquired life-long friends that often remarked on his fun-loving storytelling and boyish charm. Upon retirement he and Ruby moved to Carmel, finally settling in Carmel Valley.
In 2004, the love of Cliff’s life suffered a terrible stroke. Cliff lovingly devoted himself to her care and recovery for 13 years, and through this dedication, left a legacy that will live in the hearts of many.
Cliff is survived by his two loving daughters Debbie and Lisa, sons-in-law George and Jim, his grandchildren Justin, Ashley, and Lexi, his great-grandchildren Clifford, Brady, Gray, and Georgia, and many special friends. He was predeceased by his mother Althea, his Aunt Audrey, his sister Thea and his twin Claudia.