ESCANABA - Clifford W. "Cliffy" Jensen, 67, of Escanaba, passed away Wednesday morning, Oct. 3, 2012, at the St. Francis Hospital, due to complications following a lengthy illness.
Cliff was born Feb. 19, 1945, in Escanaba, the son of Raymond and Mildred (Blixt) Jensen. He was raised in Escanaba and was a 1963 graduate of the Escanaba Senior High School. Following graduation, Cliff moved to Wisconsin for a short time before returning to Escanaba, where he accepted a position as a heavy equipment operator for the City of Escanaba.
On June 11, 1988, Cliff was united in marriage to the former Darlene Anderson and together the couple made their home and raised their family in Escanaba.
Clifford W. ‘Cliffy’ Jensen
Cliff was employed for the City of Escanaba for 41 years as heavy equipment operator 1. Although his job entailed the operation of many different kinds of machinery, Cliff was most recognized for running the city's street sweeper. Over the coarse of his career, Cliff grew to love keeping "his city" clean and was proud to call himself "Sweeper Cliff!" Children throughout Escanaba would often wait for Cliff to pass by slowly to give a toot with his horn. Cliff was very proud to have worked for the City of Escanaba and was saddened, even though he knew it was time, to retire. Upon his retirement, Cliff was presented with a "Key to the City" which was always an honor to him.
Cliffy had a wonderful sense of humor and a gentle attentiveness with his grandchildren. He relished in telling stories of his younger years and was adored by his loving wife and family. Family was most important to Cliff. His hobbies included watching old westerns, spending time with his family and grandchildren and cheering for the Detroit Lions, a team he loved but hated on Sundays.
In addition to his loving wife of 25 years, Darlene; Cliff is survived by his sons, Jim (Penny) Jensen of Gladstone, Troy (Stacey) Smith of Gladstone; daughters, Sherry (Mitch) Swerdlow of Miami, Fla., Tracy (Scott) Lenards of Gladstone, Misty (Brian) Marohnic of Gladstone; brother, Robert (Joyce) Jensen of Arizona; sister, Julie Servant of Brampton; grandchildren, Kymberly, Haley, Josh, Katherine, Amber, Serina, Chloe, Emyett, Jordan and Colin. Also listed among the surviving family is Cliff's uncle, Orville Jensen; and several loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Cliff was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Mildred; brother, John Jensen; and sister, Nancy Anderson.
The family of Clifford Jensen will receive friends on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone.
Funeral services to celebrate the life of Clifford Jensen will follow visiting hours, at 5 p.m., at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone, with Pastor Judy Kincaid of the Immanuel Lutheran Church officiating. Luncheon will follow at the Immanuel Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall in Escanaba.
Cliff will be laid to rest in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells.
The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Jensen family with arrangements. Messages of condolence to Cliff's family may be offered online at www.skradskifuneralhomes.com.