Clifford A. Doebel, 75, noted entrepreneur of Clyde died Monday, February 4, 2013 at Stein Hospice in Sandusky.
Clifford was born Nov. 27, 1937 in Fremont, to Wilbur and Marie (Leonard) Doebel. He married Cheryl Kuns on Sept. 16, 1962.
He was a life long resident of Clyde. He graduated from Clyde High School in 1955 and went on to study engineering at The Ohio State University, graduating in 1962. He came home to become the third generation owner of the family business which was started in 1916 by his grandfather.
More than a flower shop, Doebel's became a center for enterprise in Clyde. Cliff started a Fine Arts Competition at Doebel's in 1980, a pottery line run by Doug McCauley in 1986, the Haunted Greenhouse in 1988, McPherson Days in 1997, Flea Markets and Art Shows throughout the years. Cliff was instrumental in forming Winesburg Weekend in 1975 include the Winesburg Run and was usually involved in some way with the Clyde Country Fair.
Cliff served on Clyde City Council, and was a charter member of the Clyde Business and Professional Association. He was a member of ClydeScope, but went beyond the parameters of normal membership. In the drought of 1988, Cliff brought Leonard Crow Dog to Clyde for a rain dance. This event brought thousands of people into Clyde. He also wrote a book in 1999 called "The Gift of Giving" which highlighted his gratification for giving, both to his patrons and to his community. One of Cliff's favorite quotes was Sir Winston Churchill, "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."
Cliff encouraged people to come to the greenhouses and "see what's growing on". His enthusiasm for his community was best summarized in his quote, "We (Doebel's Flowers) are proud to be a part of the City of Clyde."
Cliff received the Clyde BPA's Community Service Award and Doebel's Flowers was the only business to ever receive the Clyde BPA Lifetime Membership Award. He also received the Book of Deeds from the Clyde Exchange Club.
Sharing that pride include his wife, Cheryl; their children, Erica (Jason) Holcomb and Eric Doebel, all of Clyde; two granddaughters, Jessica Marie Holcomb, Jasmine Danielle Holcomb and grandson, Ethan Clifford Doebel; his sister, Katherine (Steve) Turner of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Arthur Doebel.
Visitation will be Sunday, Feb. 10, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, 218 S. Main St. in Clyde.
Memorials may be sent to Community for the Arts or Clyde Scope or Stein Hospice.
Online contributions may be sent to www.auxterfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Clyde Enterprise from February 7 to February 13, 2013