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Clifford A. Sundblad, 95

Clifford Alden Sundblad, age 95, of Cokato, died Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at the Buffalo Hospital.

He was born May 18, 1918, in Reeder, ND, to Alfred and Tilda (Danielson) Sundblad.

As a baby, Clifford moved to the family farm in Knapp, MN. He was baptized and confirmed at North Crow River Lutheran Church in Knapp.

Clifford attended Knapp country school and graduated from Cokato High School in 1936. In 1939, Clifford graduated from Dunwoody Technical College in Minneapolis.

He was united in marriage to Erma (Thor) Sundblad Dec. 28, 1952, in St Paul; she preceded him in death July 4, 1986.

Clifford then married Florence (Weaver-Higgins) Sundblad March 17, 1991, in Tucson, AZ.

As a young man Clifford worked at the Green Giant Canning factory in Cokato, and also as carpenter. He was a member of the carpenters union in St Cloud for many years.

Clifford also raised turkeys and had a dairy farm in French Lake.

He was a current member of North Crow Lutheran Church in Knapp, and served on the church board for many years.

Clifford liked to travel and would spend many winters in Tucson AZ, where he would like to play horseshoes and shuffleboard, and visit with his neighbors.

He is survived by his wife, Florence; son, Allen (Carla) Sundblad; stepdaughter Madeleine (David) Heffely; stepson John (Marlenne) Higgins; five grandchildren, Steven, Jonathan, Jennifer, Katherine and Philip; and two great-grandchildren, Conner and Parker.

In addition to his first wife, Erma; Clifford was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Tilda (Danielson) Sundblad; daughter Sheila (Sundblad) Ryan; and grandson Jacob Sundblad.

Funeral services took place Saturday, July 14 at 11 a.m. at North Crow River Lutheran Church, north of Cokato, with interment in the church cemetery. There was visitation for one hour prior to the services.

Pallbearers were Brian Anderson, Tom Maikkula, Jonathan Ryan, Steve Ryan, Phil Sundblad, and Jim Wright.

Arrangements were handled by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato.