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Clifton E. Simon, 71

Clifton Edward Simon, age 71, of Pequot Lakes and Naples, FL (formerly from Delano) passed away suddenly at home May 1, 2020.

Cliff was born to Lydia and Guy Simon of Morton, MN. He attended school in Morton and went on to college at St. John’s University in Collegeville. He was a proud Johnnie.

Cliff started his career in bank auditing. He worked in banks in Redwood Falls, Bozeman, MT, Delano – both as a charter member and stockholder of Crow River Bank, State Bank of Delano, and his final position of President of First MN Bank. Cliff loved his career and helping his clients.

Cliff was full of life and loved people. He loved going to the local café for coffee and catching up – telling a joke or two. He loved talking about the “market” with his close friends. He was always available to lend a hand to someone that needed it.

Cliff was united in marriage to Sandy Speckel in 1986. They resided in Delano until building their home in Pequot Lakes. Cliff loved being on the water and golfing.

Cliff recently retired in Dec. He and Sandy were excited to spend quality time in Florida over the winter with great friends. He cherished their Yorkie CoCo. His highlight was putting her in the bike stroller and riding around the neighborhood.

Cliff had a long list of accomplishments. Lions Club member, Knight of Columbus, chamber of commerce, and served as Citizen of the Year with his wife, Sandy, to name a few.

Cliff is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Sandy; and his beloved Yorkie, CoCo; in-laws, Bev and Ray Speckel; and special brother-in-law Randy Speckel; the Meyer and Speckel family; and by numerous Mages cousins who were so very special to him. He is also survived by his many friends that he loved so dearly.

Cliff was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Lydia Simon of Morton, and half-brother Guy.

A private family service was held Thursday, May 7, due to restrictions from COVID-19. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date when restrictions are lifted. Memorials can be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, American Heart, or the Marco Island Patriots.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, MN.

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