Clifford Garfield Evenson Born: February 25, 1923 Died: October 12, 2016 Clifford Garfield Evenson The wise, the witty, the wonderful Clifford "Cliff" Garfield Evenson, 93, died peacefully in his home the evening of October 12, 2016 while surrounded by his loving family. Cliff was a beloved husband of 65 years to Mary (nee Anderson) Evenson and loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Cliff was born to Clarence and Grace (nee Hofas) Evenson in Chicago, IL on February 25, 1923. On January 3, 1943, Cliff married his childhood-sweetheart Mary Anderson, whom he first met when they were both 11 years old. Cliff started his family in Des Plaines, IL in a home he built himself. Son, Glenn was born, followed closely behind by daughter Susan, his sweetie pie. He considered his most significant accomplishment raising a Christian family and frequently professed he lived the "American Dream." Cliff was proud to be an American. He served in World War II, honorably discharged from the Army as a Technician Fourth Grade. Cliff remained passionate about his country and engaged in the community throughout his life. In retirement from a career in the insurance industry, Cliff traveled the country with Mary in a motorhome full-time for four years, making friends and memories. As an eternal optimist, Cliff did not allow gradual blindness to deter him. Cliff learned to use a computer while blind and was a regular author of letters to the editor and frequent e-mailer. Cliff was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Emma (nee Lundberg); wife Mary; son, Glenn; brothers, Gale, Clarence Jr.; and sister, Kathryn (nee Golden). He is survived by his daughter, Susan (Robert) Sobanski; daughter-in-law, Diana Evenson Gowdy; grandchildren, Barbara Jackson, Brian Sobanski, Jason (Staci) Evenson, Jennifer (Michael) Freund, Justin (Heather) Evenson; and eight great-grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to gather Sunday, October 16, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Hamsher Lakeside Funerals and Cremations, 12 N. Pistakee Lake Road, Fox Lake, IL 60020. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 17, 2016 at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery, McHenry. It's pronounced "Even-Son."
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