A Memorial Service for Clifford R. Jack of El Paso, Texas will be held at St. Timothy Lutheran Church at 11050 Montwood and Bobby Jones on November 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm. Pastor Michael Hamilton will preside. Clifford passed away in his sleep on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the age of 89. He was born August 9, 1923 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Hester and Ralph Jack. Cliff survived his only sibling, Norma Noden, by five months. He grew up in Pittsburgh and attended Taylor Alderdice High School. He was an excellent trumpet player and he played in the school orchestra, at church events and also performed publically with his younger sister, Norma. This early experience led to his lifelong love of music. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp. Cliff was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and was stationed in England during World War II. He flew 30 missions in the European Theater as a B-17 navigator and received a Purple Heart for injuries sustained during his tour of duty. After his military service, Cliff graduated from the University of Pennsylvania-Wharton School of Business. He worked for one year at Pittsburgh Plate Glass in Indiana and then returned to Pittsburgh where he began his career in accounting, finance, and management at the Fisher Body Division of General Motors. While working for General Motors, Cliff earned his JD from Duquesne University by attending school in the evenings. In 1952, he married Esther Speidel. They were blessed with four children. In 1961, the family moved to Birmingham, Michigan where he worked at General Motors Tech Center. Clifford?s final move came in 1979 when he accepted a position as a Comptroller in El Paso, Texas. He retired from General Motors in 1982. He and Esther enjoyed a long and busy retirement together. They traveled extensively and were avid bridge players. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June of this year. They have been members of St. Timothy Lutheran Church for 32 years. Cliff often assisted with church finances and also served on the church council. Throughout his retirement he maintained his lifelong interest in history, politics, current events and the stock market. The enjoyment of neighbors, friends and family filled his retirement years with happiness. Clifford is survived by his wife, Esther, and his four children, Stewart Jack (Sharon) of Houston, Texas, Dr. Clifford Jack Jr. (Barbara) of Rochester, Minnesota, Christine Fowlkes (Pat, deceased) of El Paso, Texas, and Connie Hinrichs (Kevin) of High Rolls, New Mexico. Clifford was a grandfather to Madeline and Alex Jack, Beth Harris, Jill Alcorn, Christopher and Michael Fowlkes and Lane Harris. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, and an infant granddaughter, Erin Jack. For those who wish to do so, memorials may be made to St. Timothy Lutheran Church or a
. Service arrangements entrusted to the care of FUNERARIA DEL ANGEL MARTIN EAST 1460 GEORGE DIETER DRIVE EL PASO, TEXAS 79936. 915-855-8881. www.martinfuneralhomeeast.com
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Published in El Paso Times from Nov. 6 to Nov. 13, 2012