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Clifford “Shorty” Callander

Clifford “Shorty” Callander, age 87, of rural South Haven, died Monday, April 16, 2007 at the St. Cloud Hospital.

He was born Dec. 3, 1919 in Kingston Township, rural South Haven, to Severt and Julia (Larson) Callander.

At a young age, he worked a variety of jobs, including threshing in North Dakota and cooking at lumber camp for his uncle, Arvid, in northern Minnesota.

Clifford married Arlene Merrick in July of 1952 in Garner, Iowa.

Clifford helped build Playland Ballroom in Kimball, where he became a bouncer. He farmed with a small herd of dairy cattle in Kingston until 1967.

When his parents died, Clifford and Arlene moved to the Callander homestead in rural South Haven. During that period of time, Clifford worked for Kingston Township and also on the Dave Myllykangas Saw Mill in North Kingston. He also helped build numerous cabins and houses around the west side of Lake Francis.

In retirement, Clifford enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and woodworking. He loved to spend time with family, attending numerous sporting events and musical concerts of his granddaughters.

He is survived by his wife, Arlene; children, Randy (Penny) Callander of South Haven, Lori Hill (special friend Mark Madson) of Northfield, and Robbie (Judy) Callander of South Haven; brother Hilbert of Mankato; sister-in-law Nancy of Brooklyn Park; brother-in-law Bob Scott of Grove City; granddaughters Aimee, Kristie, Tesslynn, Susan, and Raelynn; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, seven brothers, and three sisters preceded him in death.

Funeral services were Friday, April 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Kimball. Interment was in Maine Prairie Cemetery, north of Kimball.

Friends called from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 19, and one hour prior to the service, Friday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers were Mark Madson, Debbie Nystrom, Paul Callander, Vaughn Zoller, Darrell Young, and Steve Mohling. Honorary pallbearers were Aimee and Kristie Hill, Tesslynn and Raelynn Callander, and Susan Peterson.

Arrangements were by Dingmann Funeral Care, Kimball.

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