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Clifford Witzke

June 28, 1939-April 21, 2011

Clifford J. Witzke, 71, of Perham, died Thursday, April 21, 2011 at Essentia Health in Fargo.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 25, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at David Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services for Cliff are set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Perham. Interment will be at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Perham.

Clifford Joseph Witzke was born to Joseph and Esther (Speck) Witzke on June 28, 1939 in Minneapolis. He grew up in the Perham area and graduated from Perham High School in 1957.

After finishing school, Cliff enlisted in the Army National Guard. He was united in marriage to Judy Christianson and they later divorced.

Following his honorable discharge, Cliff started his career in the lumber business. He worked for a lumberyard in New York Mills and later for a lumberyard in Lake Park.

On July 3, 1978 Cliff was united in marriage to Charlotte Crowell-Block.

In 1979, he started his own business in Detroit Lakes called Cliff's Building Supplies. He eventually sold his business and continued his career with Steel-Wood Supply in Detroit Lakes until his retirement in 1999.

Cliff was a past member of the Lions and Elks clubs in Detroit Lakes. He had many talents and pastimes, but he especially loved the game of baseball. From his days of pitching his way to state or watching his beloved Twins, the game ran through his veins.

Cliff's love of the outdoors spanned across his lazy days on the lake fishing, his early mornings in the marshes scouting ducks, to his own personal holiday, chasing a trophy whitetail.

Cliff had a special gift for making a person smile. His unending oneliners, classic quotes, and pet names were a sure bet to break the ice. He also enjoyed planning and assisting on construction projects and loved his dogs, Kotter, Ace and Jack.

Cliff will be remembered and missed by his two sons, Brad Witzke of Dilworth and Jason (Sara) Witzke of Perham; one grandson, Parker Lubitz; his mother, Esther Witzke of Perham; and one brother, Dale (Cheryl) Witzke of Crystal, Minn.

Cliff's father, Joseph Witzke, preceded him in death.

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