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LaVern Cluff

LaVern C. Cluff

Friday, August 23rd, 1940 - Sunday, June 14th, 2020
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Obituary

LaVern C. Cluff, 79, of Baroda, passed away Sunday, June 14, 2020 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.

A memorial gathering will take place from 4-7pm, Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. A celebration of life will occur at from 3-6pm, Saturday, June 27, 2020 at the Baroda American Legion Post 345, 9214 1st St., Baroda. Memorial contributions on behalf of LaVern’s widow, Barbara, may be directed to Starks & Menchinger.

LaVern was born August 23, 1940 in Matteson, MI to Vern and Helen (Jones) Cluff. He married Barbara Shuler on September 29, 2010 in St. Joseph. LaVern worked for many years as a tool and die maker, earning the title of “Master.” He currently worked at Wolverine Metal Stamping where he began his career as an apprentice many years ago. LaVern enjoyed the simple things in life; classic American-made cars, the beauty of Grand Traverse, and the “occasional” cocktail. He was an honorary member of the Baroda American Legion. He might not have enjoyed big gatherings, but he was always the life of the party. LaVern was committed to his family and his community, being a life-long employee in the Southwest Michigan area was something he was very proud of.

He will be missed by his wife, Barbara Cluff; his sons, Matt (Joy) Cluff and Jason Cluff; his step-sons, Joshua and Jacob Harvath; his grandchildren, Timothy, Nicole, Chloe, and Abby Cluff; and his sister, Suzie (the late Butch) Borget and mother-in-law, Ruth Shuler.

He is preceded in death by his granddaughter, Sophie Cluff; his brother, Charles Cluff; and his parents.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    Address
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    When he wasn't working, Vern enjoyed life to the fullest with his wife Barb by his side, always sporting their favorite "Ralph" (Lauren) and "Tommy" (Hilfiger) attire. Please join along with his family Saturday who will be Celebrating his Life "Style" by wearing your favorite Ralph and Tommy. We look forward to sharing many colorful memories of this special man, husband, father, and friend.
  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, June 27th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Saturday, June 27th, 2020 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Baroda American Legion
    Address
    9214 1st Street
    BARODA, MI 49111
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    When he wasn't working, Vern enjoyed life to the fullest with his wife Barb by his side, always sporting their favorite "Ralph" (Lauren) and "Tommy" (Hilfiger) attire. Please join along with his family Saturday who will be Celebrating his Life "Style" by wearing your favorite Ralph and Tommy. We look forward to sharing many colorful memories of this special man, husband, father, and friend.
  • Service

    Location
    Baroda American Legion
    Address
    9214 1st St
    Baroda, MI 49101
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Cheryl & Rene Evans

Posted at 12:56pm
To Barb & the Cluff family...we are so sorry to learn about Vern. We recently would see you both at Navajo Restaurant. Great minds (and stomachs) think alike. But Rene & I have known Vern for a long time. He always liked to joke around and make others smile. Vern was a great man and will be missed a lot!
RS

ruth shuler

Posted at 10:35am
Missing you already Buddy, your ever-present smile, your laugh. Thank you for being a part of our family, for the loving care you took of our daughter, and sharing your home with us always. I will always miss you and remember you. Say "hi" to Roly for me.
B

barb

Posted at 04:58pm
Love you forever.this tree will grow as our love did.Love you foreverBarb
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Deborah Zandarski

Posted at 08:41pm
Whether at the Legion or Bill’s Tap, Vern had a way of getting things going. I never saw him mad or upset.
RIP ‘kid’.

Jeff Sunday

Posted at 08:18pm
The picture on this notice was what Vern looked like all the time, happy with a smile.
I met Vern 11 years ago at his home for a Christmas Eve Party. We had never met and I was new to the family. Vern had found out I was a Sons of The American logion member, so we became friends. We talked every time we met about all the National offices I held. After 50 years in the Sons it is not as important to me, but it was for him. Vern Belonged to The Baroda Post. He was loved by every person he met. Not just the Sons, The American Legion members. and The Members of The American Legion
Auxiliary. He was the life of the party. I and Joshua transferred to Baroda a year ago. We wanted to belong were he belonged. We had one, or three beverages with him once in awhile.. I am going to miss him, and we all will take care of Barb. I wanted to tell what kind of guy he was. It was very simple. VERN WAS A GREAT GUY.

This is for you Vern.

JEFFERY D SUNDAY.
PAST NATIONAL CHAPLIN.
PAST NATIONAL SERGENT AT ARMS.
PAST NATIONAL SAL CHARMAIN OF
THE CHILD WELFARE FOUNDATION
FIVE YEARS.
PAST DETACHMENT COMANDER MI.
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