Clifford Carl Anderson
02/12/1950 - 09/29/2020
Obituary for Clifford Carl Anderson
Clifford Carl Anderson, of Sparta, child of God, age 70, peacefully went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on 09/29/20. He was surrounded by his loving family and friends at home after a 26 year fight with familial adenomatous polyposis, the last 14 years battling colon cancer. Cliff was preceded in death by his parents, John and Lorrene Anderson, stepmom Dorothy Anderson, and brothers Scott and Paul Anderson. Cliff is survived by his wife and best friend of 48 years, Julie, children Jennifer (Jeff) Amlotte, Brett (Traci) Anderson, grandchildren Logan, Allie, Lucas, Calvin, Benjamin, Spencer, Samuel, brother Dwight (Marlene) Anderson, brother-in-law and sister-in-law John and Mary Anderson, sister-in-law Patty Anderson, and nieces and nephews, Erik, Keri, Zachary, Kyle and Stephanie Anderson.
Cliff graduated from Sparta High School in 1968 and continued his education at Michigan State University graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry in 1972 and later a Master’s of Education from Michigan State University. Upon graduation, Cliff was married to Julie and they began their time as teachers, Cliff in Greenville and Julie in Sparta. In 1981, Cliff made the decision to explore his lifelong interest and work with his father-in-law, Bill, as a fruit grower in Sparta, Michigan. For the next 20 years, Cliff was in charge of Anderson Brothers Orchards.
As Cliff’s health became more challenging, he earned his accounting degree from Davenport University and began to work for Armock Mechanical Contractors in Sparta, MI as their controller. In 2013, Cliff officially retired from Armock Mechanical Contractors and began his “retirement” returning to his true passion of raising apples alongside his son, Brett. Cliff’s favorite hobby was being a grandfather, and he was known by his adoring grandchildren as “Bapa.” Bapa also enjoyed woodworking and restoring his old John Deere tractors known as “Johnny Poppers.” His love for his wife, children, and grandchildren, but most importantly, his love for his Lord and Savior, whom he faithfully followed and served, will be what is remembered most.
There will be a time to visit the family on October 9, 2020 at the Mamrelund Lutheran Church Community Center in Kent City, Michigan from 1:00-4:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm. The celebration of Cliff’s life will be held on October 10, 2020 at the Mamrelund Community Center at 11:00 am, Pastor Michael Conklin officiating. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to offer an expression of sympathy may make a memorial contribution to the Mamrelund Endowment Fund or to the American Cancer Society.
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