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Clifford P. Monson, 84

Clifford Paul Monson, age 84, of Cokato, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at his home.

He was born Dec. 24, 1928, in Sheboygan, WI, to Edward and Lillian (Stegemeyer) Monson.

Clifford attended Dassel High School.

He served in the US Army from March 12, 1951, to March 12, 1953, with the signal corps operations company as a power man for stand-by-power at the transmitting site for the Far East Command at Kawasaki, Japan.

Cliff married Judy L. Wittenberg March 27, 1954, and they made their home in rural Dassel, where Cliff farmed and milked cows for a few years. Later, they moved to Cokato. where they raised their two children, Diane and Jeffery.

Cliff worked at the Stockholm Creamery in his early years and when it closed, took a job at Durkee-Atwood in Minneapolis, making different types of belts for machinery, and working there for over 16 years. He then worked for the City of Cokato in the Public Works Department for several years.

He also was the primary caregiver for his wife, Judy, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in her early 30s. Cliff and Judy loved to travel and made sure they got their vacations in as they developed their own system for doing things despite her handicap.

Cliff was a volunteer firefighter for Cokato, a lifelong member of the Stockholm Lutheran Church, and had many hobbies, which included: hunting, fishing, carpentry, gardening, going to the casino, playing on the computer and, in his later years, having coffee with his friends. He was a great fix-it man and had a talent for figuring things out. He also loved to watch the birds at his feeders, and enjoyed all the wildlife animals he would see.

Clifford is survived by his children, Diane and (Lynn) of Anoka, and Jeffery and (Shelley) of Lexington Park, MD; a brother, Allan, of Big Timber, MT; two step-grandchildren, Jessica (Jack) Taylor, and Charles Romero, all of Lexington Park, MD; aunts and uncles; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins, and all his friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Judy; a brother, Loren; his parents Edward and Lillian; and an infant sibling.

The funeral service took place Monday, May 6 at Stockholm Lutheran Church, rural Cokato, at 2 p.m., followed by interment in the Stockholm Lutheran Cemetery.

Military honors were provided by Cokato American Legion Post 209.

Visitation was Sunday, May 5 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, which handled the arrangements.