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Clifford Mahar

July 25, 1930-Jan. 10, 2013

Former Detroit Lakes resident Clifford H. "Skip" Mahar, 82, of Golden Valley, Ariz., died Thursday, January 10, 2013 in Kingman, Ariz.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, in David-Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, with Curt Fowler officiating. Friends may call for one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Clifford H. Mahar, known by all as "Skip," was born to Raymond and Delia (Davenport) Mahar on July 25, 1930 in St. Paul. He was raised and educated in Fargo. He served with the U.S. Air Force from 1948 - 1953 in Okinawa and later in Oklahoma City, Okla., where he met Earlene Cook and married her on February 3, 1952. They moved to Perley, Minn., where they raised their two sons, Chuck and Steve, later settling in Callaway.

Skip was a highly skilled sheet metal fabricator and a member of the Sheet Metal Workers No. 10. He retired in 2010 from Paschke Heating and Air Conditioning. It was then that he relocated to Golden Valley, Ariz., to get his "kicks on Route 66."

Skip loved spending his time with his children, granddaughters, brothers, sisters and families. Skip will be dearly missed for his warm and loving "bear hugs," which he gave so freely. His other interests included auctions, NASCAR, football and a good home cooked meal.

Surviving him are his son Steve and granddaughters, Morgan and Haley Mahar, all of Detroit Lakes; daughter-in-law, Earlene Mahar of Golden Valley, Ariz.; a brother, David (Kay) Mahar of Hickson, N.D.; three sisters, Dorothy (Floyd) Storsved of Moorhead, Donna (Andrew) Cossette of Fargo and Doris Hartin of Hayward, Calif.

In addition to his beloved wife, Earlene in 2005, he was preceded in death by a son, Charles "Chuck" Mahar; a sister, Lucille; a brother, Lee and an infant brother, Phillip.

David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Memories may be shared online at