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Clifford St. John

Clifford Ashley St. John

Friday, March 11th, 1921 - Thursday, April 30th, 2020
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Clifford Ashley St. John, 99, of Allegan, MI passed away Thursday, April 30, 2020 peacefully at home. Born March 11, 1921 in Allegan, he was the son of the late Ivan and Bessie (Beery) St. John and was the husband of the late Virginia Carolyn (Janke) St. John. Clifford was a veteran of WWII. He served proudly in the United States Navy as an Electrician’s Mate aboard the USS Waterman. His ship was anchored in Tokyo Bay during the signing of the surrender agreement by the Japanese which marked the end of the war. Clifford returned to Allegan following his time in the service and eventually found himself working for Rockwell International. He retired after thirty-five years of dedicated employment. Clifford was an avid bowler; he had bowled on senior leagues for over thirty years. He and his late wife had also enjoyed square dancing together for many years, especially when they danced on stage at the Allegan County Fair. The couple were also longtime members of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Allegan. In his spare time, Clifford could be found in his beautiful flower gardens where he especially enjoyed tending to the roses and irises. He was fond of collecting stamps and coins and had been an amateur radio operator; his call sign was W8CAS. Above all else, however, Clifford loved being surrounded by his family. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought him joy beyond measure.

Clifford is survived by his children, Karen St. John (Dr. Carl Passal), Richard (Peggy) St. John and Sandra (Randy) Walker; grandchildren, Renee Passal (Aaron Nelson), David (Jessica) Passal, Jennifer (Justin) Bodine and Daniel Walker; great-grandchildren, Spencer, Elora, Weston, Elizabeth, Ammon, Elliot, Iroh and Parker; and his special friend, Millie Whitcomb. In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Louise, Lawrence, Gertrude, Kenneth and Donald St. John and Agnes Carlson.

Due to recent regulations, Clifford will be laid to rest privately at Hudson Corners Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be planned for a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1764 34th Street, Allegan, MI 49010; or Wings of Hope Hospice; 530 Linn Street, Allegan, MI 49010. Gorden Funeral Residence, Allegan Chapel, is assisting the family with arrangements.
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    Location
    Hudson Corners Cemetery
    Address
    A37 and 118th Avenue
    Allegan, Michigan 49010
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    Notes
    Private Interment

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