Funeral services for Clifford Skoglund will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 10 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Donnelly. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Vinger Cemetery in Donnelly.
Clifford William Skoglund, son of Carl and Signey (Peterson) Skoglund, was born Feb. 12, 1912 in St. Paul. He was baptized on April 21, 1912 by Reverend L. A. Johnston and confirmed on June 5, 1927 at Bethany Lutheran Church by Reverend C. S. Ranius. Cliff grew up in Minneapolis, attending school at Horace Mann Elementary, Hiawatha Elementary, Maria Sanford Junior High and Roosevelt High School. When Cliff was 16 years old, he moved to Spruce Hill Township and engaged in farming with his parents and others in the community. On May 14, 1941, he was united in marriage to Clara Lusty in Spruce Hill Township by Reverend Maurice Swenson. To this union three children were born. Following their marriage, the couple continued farming until 1974, when Cliff retired at the age of 62 years. Cliff and Clara spent many winters in California and Arizona, where they met many new friends and enjoyed spending time outdoors. They lived in Donnelly until 1994, when they moved to Morris. Clara died on May 27, 2005 and Cliff has continued to live in Morris since that time.
While living in Spruce Hill Township, Cliff served on the Township Board, the School Board and the Spruce Hill Lutheran Church Board. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, singing and going on nature walks. He especially enjoyed the time he spent with family and friends.
Clifford died on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at the Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris, having lived to reach the age of 97 years.
He is survived by: one daughter: Joan (Floyd) Miller of Donnelly; one son: Keith (Dawn) Skoglund of Shakopee; daughter-in-law: Joanne Skoglund of Savage; two grandchildren: Andrew (Maureen) Miller of Carlos and Matthew Miller of Glenwood; two great-grandchildren: Carson and Parker Miller; two sisters: Myrtle Arvidson of Parkers Prairie and Loretta Johnson of Clarissa; one brother: Paul Skoglund of Crystal and sister-in-law: Maria Lustie of Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his wife; one son: Ronald Skoglund and his parents.
Pallbearers for the service were: Andy Miller, Matt Miller, Richard Skoglund, Myron Skoglund, Brad Lusty and Bob Lusty. Sue Erdahl-Nelson will serve as organist for the service. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.