Clifford Elwood Viereck, 86, of Grandview passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, surrounded by his family.
He was born May 7, 1926 in Malo. He was raised in the Fairhaven District of Bellingham, where his life journey began.
He grew up with and married his wife, Sheila Rust. They just recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on April 11, 2013.
They have two children, son, Mike (Kathy) and daughter, Mary (Jon) Smiley, both of Grandview, and granddaughter, Amanda Viereck (Scott), of Seattle.
In 1987 Cliff and Sheila moved to Buoy Bay on Orcas Island after his retirement following 35 years with Georgia Pacific Pulp and Paper.
They enjoyed the "Island" life till moving to Mabton in 2001 to be closer to their daughter and son, and "farm" life.
He was very committed to community service as well as involvement and support of Shriners, Fairhaven Blue Lodge, Past Master Free Mason #73, Lions, Buoy Bay Homeowners Association and Doe Bay Water System creation.
His military support for the South Pacific during WWII and the Korean War gave him pride and belief in America's freedom.
He is survived by his wife, Sheila; son, Mike (Kathy); daughter, Mary (Jon Smiley); granddaughter, Amanda (Scott Gampino); many nieces and nephews; and ever faithful Lab, Starr.
Clifford will be laid to rest in the Doe Bay Family Cemetery in Orcas Island next to his parents and grandparents.
Memorial will be scheduled for a later date at the Doe Bay Family Cemetery on Orcas.
Your attendance is very welcome. Contact Mike at email@example.com or 253-405-2666 to be later notified regarding the future exact date.
In lieu of flowers, donations are asked to be made to the Doe Bay Family Cemetery for its continued care and maintaining its historical designation in Clifford's honor.
The cemetery is a registered Washington State Non-Profit Corporation. UBI 602-393-815; EIN 20-1136601.
Mail Donations to: First Citizens Bank, PO Box 27131, Raleigh, NC 27611-7131. Acct name: 'Doe Bay Family Cemetery,' Acct# 008650028140
Smith Funeral Home Ltd. in Sunnyside is making arrangements and utilize web site for guest comments. Also see Cliff at DoeBayFamilyCemetery.net/Cliff.html
Those wishing to sign Clifford's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com.
Smith Funeral Homes Ltd. and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.