Clifford's Story

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Clifford Philip Davis, 93, of Traverse City, passed away March 12, 2018 at Orchard Creek. Cliff was born on Aug. 13, 1924 in Omena to the late Philip Edward and Mali (Setterbo) Davis.
On May 3, 1947 Cliff married Berniece G. McGarry. She preceded him in death in 2001.
Cliff honorably served our country as a member of the United States Navy in World War II. Upon discharge he worked as a civilian for the Air Force in refrigeration and air conditioning at the Empire Air Base. He retired in 1973 but was not one to sit idle. He worked for Mutual Gas Station, Interlochen Golf Course and the Green Hill Golf Course.
He and Berniece loved to travel, especially to Vegas and Florida. In his younger years he enjoyed playing baseball, basketball and golf. He played in the Leelanau County League and assisted with youth programs and Little League in Empire. He continued to play golf well into his late 80s.
Cliff was a member of the Empire Lions Club, served as a volunteer for the Empire Fire Department and was a member of the VFW Post #2780. He also served on the Glen Lake School Board. Cliff volunteered at Munson hospital and the Empire Heritage Museum.
In more recent years Cliff liked to walk at the mall and meet for coffee with friends. He loved to put puzzles together and talk sports. He touched many lives and will be greatly missed.
Cliff was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brothers, Carl and Gordon; and grandson, Zachary.
Cliff is survived by his children, Stephen (Mary Gadbaw) Davis, Daniel (Susan Jakielek) Davis, Randus (Bernice) Davis, Rita Davis and Debra (Jim) Dice; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 18, 2018, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home. The memorial service celebrating Cliff's life will be held on Monday, at 11 a.m., with visitation beginning one hour prior, also at the funeral home. The Cherryland VFW Post #2780 will provide military honors. Cliff will be laid to rest next to his wife at St. Philip Neri Cemetery in Empire at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Empire Heritage Museum.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your memories with the family.
The family is being cared for by Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on March 14, 2018
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