Clifford J. Wendorf, 88, Weston, died Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at Kennedy Park Medical and Rehabilitation Center, Weston under the care of Ministry Home Care Hospice.
Clifford was born August 2, 1923 in Wausau to the late Herbert and Lucille (Ahrnsdorf) Wendorf. On October 12, 1966 he married Arvilla Raasch. She survives. He worked for Weyerhaeuser for 42 years until his retirement and at one time was the Schofield Police Justice.
Cliff was an avid woodworker and sportsman. He played and coached baseball, basketball and softball. He also loved golf, hunting and fishing and was an excellent swimmer. In his younger years he played semi-pro basketball and one time, on a bet, he swam four miles from the Schofield Dam to Frank's Hideout. Living on Crescent Lake, he was a fishing guide and wrote a weekly fishing column for the Rhinelander paper. Many people looked forward to attending his annual fishing tournament, "Cliff's Fishit."
Cliff was instrumental in organizing and developing Kelly Athletic Club. He spent countless hours coaching softball and organizing tournaments and other big events. Cliff was beloved and admired and will always be remembered for his quick wit and humor.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Arvilla (Raasch) Wendorf, Weston; sons, Greg (Carol) Wendorf, The Villages, FL, Jeff (Barb) Wendorf, Lake Du Bay, Todd (Tracy) Wendorf, McFarland; step-daughters, Diann Tooley, Weston, Donna (Jeff) Engman, Weston; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Gladys Thresher.
He will be dearly missed by his life-long and loyal friend, Harley Kamke.
Memorial service will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6404 Old Costa Lane, Weston. Rev. Robert W. Jordan will officiate. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery.
Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for a charitable cause of their choice.
Online condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com.