August 26, 2009

Clifford Lynner

Clifford “Cliff” Leroy Lynner, 71, died August 20 at McKenzie County Memorial Hospital of heart failure.
Funeral service were held Monday, Aug. 24, 2009 at the Watford City Assembly of God Church. Rev.  Sheldon McGorman officiated and interment was held at Zoar Cemetery.  
Clifford “Cliff” Leroy Lynner was born Nov. 21, 1937, to Carl and Kate (Shelley) Lynner in Watford City, N.D. He was raised in western North Dakota and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1957 where he served as a boiler operator on the USS Alfred A. Cunningham, a destroyer in the Pacific, until his discharge in 1963. 
After his discharge he spent some time working on the Minot Missile sites after which time he returned to the Watford City area where he worked for various businesses as a butcher, carpenter, painter, and heavy equipment operator before settling into self employment as a handyman. Following in the footsteps of his father, he was especially known for giving good deals to widows who needed a hand.
Cliff and June Haugan were married Dec. 27, 1964, and raised nine children of their own in addition to taking in foster children.  All the children have a little bit of their father in them. Cliff loved his wife, children, and grandchildren and especially enjoyed taking his kids on his handyman jobs and loved to show them off, along with his wife, June.
 He enjoyed reading, playing cards, lively conversation and coffee at the cafe with his friends.
Cliff is survived by his wife, June; children Philip (Julie) Lynner of Sioux City, Iowa, Mark (Cathy) Lynner, of Sterling, Va., Carman Lynner, of Sioux City, Iowa, Bethany (Jeff) Bierman, of Denver, Colo., Jessica (Mike) Pederson, of Williston, N.D., Clifford Lynner, II, of Sioux City, Iowa, Greta Lynner, of Minot, N.D., Christopher Lynner, of Monterey, Calif., and Shelley Jo (Anthony) Floreno, of Watford City, N.D.; eight grandchildren, Kimberly, Lexine, Kiersten, Kevin, Phil, Zoe, Joshua, and Luke; brothers, Neil Lynner, of Bend, Ore. and William (Mary) Lynner, of Paso, Wash.; sisters, Audre Clifton, of Watford City, N.D., Rachel (Jim) Machuta, of San Bernardino, Calif., Margaret (Don) Sparks, of Clio, Mich, and Linda (Bill) Mead, of Puyallup, Ore.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Jesse, Jean, and Carl; and his grandson, Sam.
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