Clifford ‘Kip’ Wold, 64

Clifford (Kip) LeRoy Wold, Jr., age 64, of Buffalo, passed away Monday, Oct. 17, 2016.

He was born Sept. 18, 1952, in Glencoe, the son of Clifford Wold, Sr. and Margaret (Fagerlie) Wold.

Clifford was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.

He attended Philip Murray Elementary School and Connor-Jasper Middle School in Bovey, MN; and graduated from Greenway Senior High School, in Coleraine, MN in 1970.

Following high school, Kip attended Itasca State Junior College, Grand Rapids, from 1970-1972; and then St. Cloud State College, graduating in February 1977 with a bachelor of science degree in junior high sciences and secondary biological sciences. Kip graduated with his master of science degree in May 1989, from St. Cloud State University.

Kip taught 36 years in Buffalo as a ninth grade physical science teacher. He loved turning his students on to science with his classroom explosions.

He was united in marriage to Marcia (Marci) Kay Newton Oct. 18, 1980, at Bethany Lutheran Church in rural Thief River Falls. To this union, three children were born: Aaron, Erika, and Adam.

As a proud teacher for 36 years in the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District, Kip enthusiastically served students, parents, and fellow faculty members. He was a passionate supporter of public education, and he was especially proud of his service to the local- and state-level teachers’ unions for over 30 years. Kip firmly believed that students, parents, community, and staff could best be served by seeking compromise without abandoning principles, and his principles were always clear.

Along with his wife, Kip retired from teaching in June 2013. The couple traveled abroad for the first time in June 2013, to England, Norway, and Sweden, for a family reunion near Brumunddal, Norway. In July of 2014, Kip and Marci enjoyed a cruise and land tour to Alaska, where Kip especially enjoyed visiting national parks.

Kip is remembered for his adventurous spirit, love of nature, and enthusiasm for the great outdoors. Having a very scientific mind, he was quite the inventor, figuring out how to make life a little easier with his many inventions. Kip loved being outside, boating, camping, canoeing, fishing, and hunting.

Kip was a very hands-on dad, who loved to show his children what he was passionate about, taking them on many different camping and canoeing trips from the time they were very young. He was an amazing “Grampaw,” who loved his grandchildren very much and instilled in them a love for pancakes and chocolate chip cookies.

Kip is survived by his wife of 36 years, Marci; sons Aaron (Virginia) Wold, and Adam (Candice) Wold; daughter Erika (Gabe) Borscheid; grandchildren Evelyn Wold, and Adrian and Liam Borscheid; and sister, Karen Graves; as well as several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A memorial service took place Friday, Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, with the Rev. Ted Vanderpan officiating.

There was visitation Thursday, Oct. 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, with a prayer service at 8 p.m.

The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo served the family.

Memorials may be given to Zion Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice.

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