Clifford Elford “Cliff” Blackwell was born May 12, 1926, in Aline, Okla., to Jerry and May Blackwell and passed away on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at his residence in Hood River, Ore., with his wife, Erma, by his side. Cliff lived in Lahoma, Okla., until he joined the Navy at age 17, during World War II. Cliff served three years; mostly in the South Pacific.
He met his future bride, Erma Eden, on her 18th birthday, while he was on leave, visiting in Odell, Ore. They were married in Odell April 6, 1947. They have lived in Hood River, building their home on Prospect Avenue in 1979.
Cliff worked with a Navy vet’s construction team removing the severe curves near Whiskey Creek on Highway 35 in 1952. He worked 36 years in the lumber industry, retiring in 1989, as a millwright from Mt. Adams mill.
Erma and Cliff have no children. Cliff’s parents and siblings are all deceased. Survivors include his loving wife, Erma Blackwell.
Private family visitation and funeral service will be held under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Faith in Action in Cliff’s name, in care of Anderson’s.
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