LaVern C. Cluff, 79, passed away June 14, 2020

LaVern C. Cluff, 79, of Baroda, passed away Sunday, June 14, 2020 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.

A memorial gathering will take place from 4-7pm, Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. A celebration of life will occur at from 3-6pm, Saturday, June 27, 2020 at the Baroda American Legion Post 345, 9214 1st St., Baroda. Memorial contributions on behalf of LaVern’s widow, Barbara, may be directed to Starks & Menchinger.

LaVern was born August 23, 1940 in Matteson, MI to Vern and Helen (Jones) Cluff. He married Barbara Shuler on September 29, 2010 in St. Joseph. LaVern worked for many years as a tool and die maker, earning the title of “Master.” He currently worked at Wolverine Metal Stamping where he began his career as an apprentice many years ago. LaVern enjoyed the simple things in life; classic American-made cars, the beauty of Grand Traverse, and the “occasional” cocktail. He was an honorary member of the Baroda American Legion. He might not have enjoyed big gatherings, but he was always the life of the party. LaVern was committed to his family and his community, being a life-long employee in the Southwest Michigan area was something he was very proud of.

He will be missed by his wife, Barbara Cluff; his sons, Matt (Joy) Cluff and Jason Cluff; his step-sons, Joshua and Jacob Harvath; his grandchildren, Timothy, Nicole, Chloe, and Abby Cluff; and his sister, Suzie (the late Butch) Borget and mother-in-law, Ruth Shuler.

He is preceded in death by his granddaughter, Sophie Cluff; his brother, Charles Cluff; and his parents. 

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