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Cliff Strom, 97

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Cliff was born in Brandon to John and Julia Strom on August 31, 1916. His family of five brothers, Roy, Vernon, Kenneth, Francis and Raymond, and two sisters, Evelyn and Joyce, made for a busy household.

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His school days were spent at District 48. He hauled livestock to St. Paul for his brother, Roy. He attended Dunwoody Industrial Institute in Minneapolis, taking welding classes prior to moving to Milwaukee to work at a civil defense factory, making parts for ships prior to World War II. During his time in Milwaukee he rode his Harley Davidson motorcycle in a group that included Roy Rogers.

Cliff then joined the Merchant Marines and transported British and American troops and supplies between England and Juno, France during the invasion of Normandy. He also sailed on missions to other countries including New Zealand, India and Africa.

Cliff married Viola Johnson of Garfield on June 14, 1947. Cliff and Viola worked side by side as they owned and operated the Brandon School buses and Sand and Gravel. They started Strom Construction with a single dozer.

He and Viola enjoyed many travels with family and friends through the years. He also enjoyed hunting as well as fishing on Big Chippewa Lake. Time spent with his family was special to him and he looked forward to holidays, especially the annual 4th of July celebrations at his home on the lake.

Cliff died peacefully in his home surrounded by family on November 19, 2013.

He is survived by four children, Mary (Dana) Baker, Paul (Vicki) Strom, Elaine Strom, all of Brandon, and Julie (Tim) Tello of Bismarck, ND; seven grandchildren, Brooke (Rich) Mastellar of Albertville, Heidi Baker of Minneapolis, Angela (Troy) Mennitt of Sandy, Utah, John Strom of Columbia Heights, Jason (Sara) Strom of Alexandria, VA, Tiffany Tello (fianc, Peter Moore) of San Francisco, CA, and Matthew Tello of Fort Collins, CO; and three great-grandchildren, Mikayla Mastellar, Gretchen Mennitt and Samual Strom. He is also survived by his sister, Evelyn Myrin, of Alexandria; sister-in-law, Norma (Strom) Scherrer of Brandon, and sister-in-law, Mavis Vandegrift of Montgomery Village, MD.

He was preceded in death by Viola, in 1998; and by his brothers, Roy, Vernon, Raymond, Kenneth and Francis; his sister, Joyce; and his parents, John and Julia Strom.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 23 at Chippewa Lutheran Church in Brandon. Burial was at the Chippewa Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.

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