CLIFFORD L. SMITH, 59 LOVES PARK - Clifford L. Smith, 59, of Loves Park, died at 7:33 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in SwedishAmerican Hospital. Born May 7, 1954, in Rockford, the son of James Smith and Rose (Lersch-Smith) McLard. He attended Wight Elementary, Lincoln Junior, and East High School. He was a star athlete during those years. In later years, Clifford worked almost exclusively as a counselor at Salvation Army, Rosecrance, and Milestone, all in Rockford. He was a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan and enjoyed almost any sport, but he fell in love with golf 25 years ago. Cliff made several trips with his brother, Dave to Hawaii for winter golf. Those trips are remembered as the best of time for both of them. He loved the Allman Brothers band, was a friend of Bill's for over 25 years, and was a former pigeon racer. He is survived by his brothers, Dave and Steve Smith both of Rockford; and step-siblings, Brian (Melanie) Steder of Loves Park, Bruce (Cindy) Steder of Rockford, Kurt Steder of Rapid City, S.D., and Annette Zaugg of Byron. Predeceased by his parents; step-parents; and stepbrother, Mark Steder in 2001. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., North Main Chapel, 2811 N. Main St. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. To share a memory or condolence, visit olsonfh.com.
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Olson Funeral and Cremation Services, North Main Chapel
2811 N. Main St. Rockford, IL 61103
Published in Rockford Register Star from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2014