Funeral services were held at the First Congregational Church on Saturday, April 17th for Clifford “Tip” Moorman who passed away peacefully at the LakeWood Care Center on Friday, April 9, 2010. He was 91 years old.
Tip was born on July 31, 1918 to Harry and Cora (Klampe) Moorman at Breckenridge, Minnesota. The family moved to International Falls and then to Baudette in 1926. He attended school here and graduated from the Baudette High School in 1936.
On May 17, 1941, Tip married Hazel Alice Johnson of Graceton. The couple had three children, Dorothy (Smith), Joanne (Pontius) and Kenneth Moorman. They enjoyed a long, loving marriage for 68 years and 11 months.
Clifford served in the United States Navy as a motor machinist and was a World War II veteran. He served in the Pacific Theater and was present when the United States flag was raised at Iwo Jima. After the war, Tip was employed at the Baudette Power Plant as an operator until 1958. He then worked at Rowell Laboratories for 26 years as a formulator.
Tip loved the company of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and spent countless hours entertaining them. He was an avid fisherman and loved to go deer hunting. Tip was blessed with a long retirement and enjoyed these years catching trophy sturgeon, hunting deer and wildlife watching.
Everyone who knew Tip also knew that he had special feelings for animals and loved dogs in particular. Tip’s gentle nature seemed to put animals at ease and he was always available to “dog sit” for anyone who needed him. He even enjoyed visits from Buddy, his son’s dog, while residing at the LakeWood Care Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Robert and Philip, infant sister Ruth, and Dorothy (Selvog). He is survived by his wife, Hazel, his daughters, Dorothy (Dan) Smith of Gettysburg, South Dakota, Joanne (Bob) Pontius of Austin, Texas, and son Ken (Jenny) Moorman of Baudette. He also leaves behind five grandchildren, Brian Smith, Kristi and Kirk Hoefert, Rob and wife Jodi Pontius, Erik Pontius and Molly Selberg and six great-grandchildren, Braden, Tara and Jenna Hoefert, Robbie Pontius and Nicholas and Annika Selberg.
Clifford was a member of the First Congregational Church, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Funeral arrangements were made by Helgeson Funeral Home of Baudette.