Clifford Vanvickle, age 90 of Kensington, Minnesota, passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck. 

A private funeral service will be held for Clifford Jerome VanVickle at Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, MN.

Burial will be in Summit Cemetery in Morris, MN.

There will be a live stream of Clifford’s service starting at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 11, 2020.  View the service on the Pedersen Funeral Home website.

While maintaining social distancing guidelines, Pedersen Funeral Home is now able to accommodate gatherings of up to 250 people. The use of face masks by attendees is required, and we will continue taking the necessary steps to keep our facility clean. For those who prefer or require continued precautions, webcasting and/or livestreaming is available in most situations.

Clifford Jerome VanVickle, son of Jeanette (Simonson) and Earl VanVickle, was born on February 18, 1930, in Sedan, MN. He attended grade school until 8th grade and then helped on the family farm. He then worked in the Iron Mines in northern Minnesota. He was united in marriage to JoAnn Winter on June 28, 1950, at St. Petri Church and were happily married for the next 64 years. Out of this marriage they had four children: Michael Scott, Valorie, Danielle, and Shireen. In 1960, the family made their home in Cyrus. Clifford worked on the railroad for the next 42 years before settling in Kensington with JoAnn. After his retirement he had a huge vegetable garden he loved working in and kept JoAnn busy with canning. JoAnn died on August 3, 2014. Later that year Clifford moved to the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck, MN. While he stayed at the Home he looked out for other residents and took them under his wing. He especially had a great relationship with his table mate and friend, Gene Stoneberg.

He was known to be a hard worker and never missed a day on the job. He also enjoyed many outdoor activities such as fishing, especially for Walleye, some deer and pheasant hunting, ice fishing, and camping with the family (but only if there was a fishing lake nearby). Clifford and JoAnn loved to be on the lake and enjoy good company. Clifford used to host large fish fry’s in Texas and loved cooking for others. His specialty was his scalloped corn. He will be remembered as someone who would do anything for anyone and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his three daughters: Valorie Derby of Coon Rapids, MN,
Danielle (David) Boots of Starbuck, MN, and Shireen (Ben) Konarick of Perham, MN; grandchildren: Brian (Kim) Derby of St. Francis, MN, Christopher (Jenni) Derby of Andover, MN, Anthony (Chrissy) Derby of La Porte, MN, Erik (Angela) Derby of Linwood, MN, Sean (Lori) Boots of Round Lake, MN, Wendi (Travis) McCrory of Glenwood, MN,  James (Misty) Boots of Rothsay, MN, Rebel VanVickle of Perham, MN, and Michael Konarick of Perham, MN; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife: JoAnn VanVickle; infant son: Michael Scott; parents: Jeanette (Simonson) and Earl VanVickle; brothers: Leonard, Glen, and Harold; sister: Myrtle; grandson: David Paul; son-in-law: Dan Derby; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are with Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, MN.

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