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Clifford Dick, 71

Clifford R. “Cliff” Dick, age 71, of Mendon, died unexpectedly on Thursday, June 11, 2009, near Paradise, Mich., from injuries received in an ATV accident. 

He was born in Lenawee County, Mich., on Jan. 29, 1938, the son of the late L. Evart and Mary (Killinger) Dick.  The family moved to Mendon in 1940 where Cliff attended Mendon High School.  He then served in the U.S. Navy and then returned to Mendon where he worked for the Haas Corporation, later known as Lear Plastics, until his retirement. 

Cliff was a very active member of the UAW Local 503 where he served as president for many years.  He was a loyal Mendon football fan and never missed a game.  He enjoyed being outdoors and spending time at his cabin in the U.P.  Cliff was a handyman who designed and built many furniture items for his children and grandchildren. 

Cliff is survived by four children and their spouses, Joan and Dan Gibson of Newark, NJ, David E. and Edna Dick of Centreville, Diane and Chuck Zinsmaster of Mendon, and Dawn and Ryan Braysher of Kalamazoo;  eight grandchildren, Jordan Gibson (Dani), Danielle Gibson,  Matt, Ashley, and Megan Zinsmaster, Andrew Chupp, Brandon and Logan Braysher, and David Dick II; one great-grandchild, Lorelie Gibson;  two sisters, Joan Stiteler (Eugene) of Mendon and Faye Bohm (Ronald) of Centreville; several nieces and nephews; and his fiancé, Janice Keene of Three Rivers. 

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday and from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Eickhoff Funeral Home of Mendon.  Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at the funeral home.  Military interment will be in Mendon Cemetery. 

Memorials may be directed to a charity of one’s choice.

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