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Clifford Kohlbeck

Clifford Edward Kohlbeck

Monday, January 20th, 1930 - Friday, June 12th, 2020
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Clifford E. “Cliff” Kohlbeck, age 90, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, passed-away early Friday, June 12, 2020 at Faith Hospice, Trillium Woods. Cliff was born January 20, 1930 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Edward and Alta Kohlbeck. He was preceded in death by his dear wife, Lynneth M., on March 17, 2019. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Pamela, his parents, and four brothers, Leon, Harold, Bernard, and Norbert. Surviving Clifford in death is son Dennis (Laura) Kohlbeck, daughter Georgia Kohlbeck, son Douglas (Louann) Kohlbeck, daughter Debra (Eugene) Fisher, brother Norman (Mary) Kohlbeck, sister Maryann Kaufman, brother Arthur (Diane) Kohlbeck; five grandchildren, Shawn (James) Holbrook of Edgerton, Ohio, Dennis J. Kohlbeck of Florida, Maria-lyn (Charles) Nivison of Kentwood, Ashley Kohlbeck and Pierson (Erin) Kohlbeck of Grand Rapids and eight great-grandchildren.

Cliff grew up in Ada, Michigan, where as a teenager he worked for his father in building construction of homes and businesses. He served in the US Army in Korea and achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class. He met his beloved Lynneth at the Boat and Canoe Club in Grand Rapids on the dance floor. They maintained their love of dancing together throughout their 63-years of married life. After marrying in August 1955, they moved into the home on Pettis Avenue in Ada, where they raised their family of five children and resided until 2012. Cliff loved caring for the yard, a garden, and grilling for many years of family gatherings at their cozy home. He was the ultimate grill-master of the Kohlbeck Family.

Working in road construction for much of his adult life, Cliff and Lynn owned and operated U-Co Ltd, an underground contractor from 1976-1981. In 1988 They became real estate agents, where Cliff brokered the deals and Lynn worked the sales end. They started their own real estate company, Creative Reality, Inc., working with a residential developer to sell new homes in the Lowell and Cutlerville area.

Moving to their “retirement” condo on Springtree Lane in Cutlerville, MI, Cliff continued his love of caring for grounds and being on “mole patrol.” He loved convertible rides to rural American Legion halls and the Moose where they were members for over 50 years and shared a beer with his beloved Lynn. They were nick-named the “Lovebirds” by one bartender, who regularly observed them entering the establishment holding hands. They spent many years dancing and in the last few years they found a dance club where they met new friends and danced to a live big band of talented senior musicians. They even celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary there.

His top priority was always caring for Lynn and his family. His loyalty and devotion were unsurpassed.

Cliff will forever be remembered as a beloved and trusted Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather and Friend to us all. He will be deeply missed. Private services will take place at a later date.

Donations are being received at Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods or Veterans Affairs of Grand Rapids in honor of Clifford Kohlbeck, the addresses are noted below for your convenience: Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods, 8214 Pfeiffer Farms Drive SW, Byron Center, MI 49315; or to Veteran Affairs, 3000 Monroe Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505.
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