Clifford A. Doebel
CLYDE: Clifford A. Doebel, 75, noted entrepreneur of Clyde, died Monday, February 4, 2013 at Stein Hospice in Sandusky.
Cliff was born in Fremont to the late Wilbur A. and Marie K. (Leonard) Doebel. He was a lifelong resident of Clyde, but more than that, he was a lifelong promoter 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, Winesburg Weekend, including 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."
Sharing that pride are Cliff's survivors: his wife, Cheryl (Kuns) Doebel, whom he married September 16, 1962; his children: Erica (Jason) Holcomb and Eric Doebel; and his grandchildren: Jessica Marie Holcomb, Jasmine Danielle Holcomb, and Ethan Clifford Doebel. His sister, Katherine L. (Steve) Turner, survives in Poughkeepsie, New York.
In addition to his parents, Cliff was preceded in death by his brother, Arthur Doebel.
Visitation will be 2:00-5:00pm on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at the Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, 218 South Main Street, Clyde.
Please show your community support by giving to one of these charities: Community for the Arts in Clyde; Clyde Library; ClydeScope; or Stein Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent at www.auxterfuneralhomes.com
Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home
218 South Main Street Clyde, OH 43410
Published in the The News-Messenger on Feb. 7, 2013