In memory of
Clifford VAN FOSSEN
VAN FOSSEN, Clifford 63, of Quincy, CA, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017 from injuries he received in a car accident. Born on January 24, 1954 to parents Jennings and Doris Van Fossen, from Quincy, CA. Clifford was the youngest of three boys. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area when he was 18 and attended Laney College in San Leandro, CA. Just after turning 19, Clifford married Michelle Bernadette Cummins and they lived in Marin County, later moving to Rohnert Park, CA, where they lived for many years and raised their family. Early on, Clifford worked many jobs, settling on an IBEW electrical apprenticeship program in the North Bay Area. He also was the electrician for the City of Rohnert Park for 12 years. He was a very successful electrician and an excellent provider for his wife and two sons, Nicholas Clifford Van Fossen, 37 and Bryan Jennings Van Fossen, 34. Clifford enjoyed SCUBA diving, flying RC airplanes, gliders and cars, camping and backpacking with his sons and riding motorcycles and off-road dirt bikes. He decided one day that he wanted to learn to sail so the whole family took sailing lessons in Pt. Richmond and he soon purchased a 32 foot sailboat that was set up for coastal cruising. Clifford and his wife were divorced late in 2006 and within a couple of years he was compelled to return to the mountains that he enjoyed so much as a child. Quincy was where his heart was and he was happy to have returned when he retired. He last resided in Spring Garden. Clifford was preceded in death by both his mother and father. In addition to his ex-wife and two sons, he is survived by his daughter-in-law Amanda Van Fossen, precious granddaughters Lillian Van Fossen and Natalie Van Fossen, brothers Richard Van Fossen and Russell Van Fossen, sisters-in-law Elaine Van Fossen and Linda Van Fossen as well as his nieces Heather Van Fossen, Brenda Van Fossen-Moore, Sarah Van Fossen, Jennifer Van Fossen and Gretchen Van Fossen. All are invited to attend Clifford's memorial service and celebration of his life at Fehrman Mortuary in Quincy, CA on April 22, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
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