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Clifton Harold Stedje, age 97, was born on February 25, 1925, in Kensington, Minnesota, to Lawrence and Regina (Halverson) Stedje. He passed away peacefully on November 23, 2022 at Havenwood in Buffalo, Minnesota. Clif spent his youth and teenage years growing up in Kensington and graduated from Kensington High School in 1943. After graduation he headed west to Oregon to first work in the lumber industry and then went on to work with aircraft carrier construction. Clif served his country in the US Army during the Korean Conflict from 1950 to 1952 and continued to serve in the Army Reserve until 1960. Clif and Donna Marie Borseth were married on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1953, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Abercrombie, North Dakota. Their first homes were in the suburbs of Minneapolis until they built a new home and moved to Buffalo in 1965. Clif worked for Consolidated Freightways from 1953 until he retired in 1989. He and Donna enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and to many countries around the world during their retirement. Clif was active all of his life and enjoyed biking, cross country skiing, hiking and golfing to name a few.

Clif is survived by his wife of 69 years, Donna; his children, Laurie (Paul) Meyer,
John (Marcy Stroman) Stedje; grandchildren Rachel (Judd) Stevens, Erik (Kerstin) Meyer and Danielle Lachermeier; great-grandchildren, Grady, Elin and Greta Stevens, Kaia Meyer; sister, Audry Thon, sister-in-law, Carol (Tom) Heaton, many other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his son, Scott Borseth Stedje; brothers, Raynard and Emroy; sister, Lorayne Bechtle, brothers-in-law, Raymond Bechtle and Howard Thon.
A Memorial Service will be held at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, Minnesota at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, December 17, 2022, with visitation AT THE CHURCH one hour prior to services.  Luncheon will follow the service in Fellowship Hall.  Private Interment will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

The family would like to thank all of the staff at Havenwood of Buffalo and the Moments Hospice staff for their compassionate care of Clif.

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