Passed away peacefully at home on May 18, 2014 in Petaluma. Loving husband of Helen Elrich of Petaluma. Cherished brother of Richard Elrich, Louis Elrich, Calvin Elrich, Lucille Wiebe, and the late Elsie Kliewer, Esther Golbek, Ruby Nikkel, Leona Baker, Harvey Elrich, Frances Elrich, Ivan Elrich, and Doreen Weir. Survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
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Age 87 years.
A member of: Sonoma County Shrine Club, President 1987; the Scottish Rite; Petaluma-Hamilton Lodge #180 F.&A.M.
Cliff was born in Bakersfield on August 9, 1926, to Martha and John Elrich. He graduated from Bakersfield High School in 1944. He served in the US Army during World War II and returned home to work on the family ranch. In 1951, Cliff married Helen in Petaluma and together they enjoyed 63 years of marriage. For over 35 years, he worked for PG&E out of Petaluma, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, and Healdsburg, from where he retired as electric general foreman in 1986. In his spare time, Cliff enjoyed fishing, traveling and gardening. He was a wonderful man; he will be missed. We want to thank Seta Vakacabegoli for the great care he gave Cliff.
Friends and family are invited to attend the Visitation, Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. followed by the Funeral Service at 1:00 PM at the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, 850 Keokuk St., Petaluma. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817; Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran St., Petaluma, CA 94952; or
. Interment: Cypress Hill Memorial Park, Petaluma.
Published in Petaluma Argus-Courier from May 22 to June 21, 2014