Bill E. CloughMarch 21, 1926 ~ September 30, 2017 (age 91)
Bill Eugene Clough, 91, of East Jordan, Michigan, died September 30, 2017, peacefully in his home. Bill was born March 21, 1926, in Ludington, Michigan, the son of Paul and Gertrude (Young) Clough.
“Let me tell you a little story. I grew up in Ludington, Michigan, until I graduated high school and joined the United States Army at the age of eighteen. I was trained to become a paratrooper and was a member of the 101st Airborne Division “Screaming Eagles”. After leaving the army, I moved to the windy city. While living in Chicago, I attended college where I majored in music and ended up receiving my engineering degree. During my college years, I played saxophone in local jazz bands around the city. Once I finished college, I worked as a Civil Engineer for CSX. While working for CSX, I met my first wife Mary Reder. We went on to live a wonderful life together for 43 years until she passed away in 1998. A few years later, I married my second wife Judy Bernier. I was a lucky man to have the love of two unique women. Judy also taught me what it was like to be a family man. After marrying Judy on September 16, 2000, I gained two sons, Steve and Wayne. Steve and his wife, Ruth Bernier, gave me two beautiful granddaughters, Rebecca and Rachel. Wayne and his wife, Shawn Bernier, gave me my three grandsons, Aaron, Dylan, and Chase. Years later my granddaughter, Rebecca, and her husband, Lucas Spence, gave me my first ever great grandson, Wyatt. When life had a slow moment, I spent my free time fly fishing and watching birds and my favorite chipmunks. I also enjoyed HO model railroading. I have built and designed my own “playroom” with all my trains and whistles. During my later years, I managed to get my hands on a camera where I discovered my love for photography. My passion for photography exploded when I discovered my love for the great South West. I’ve spent many years exploring and concurring the lands of the South West with Judy, my grandson, and his fiancé. I somehow fit in time to go fishing in Canada with Judy, my granddaughter, and her husband. Throughout my life I have met some amazing people. My friends and family would describe me as adventurous, witty, compassionate, and a true hearted man.”
Bill is survived by his wife, Judy Clough. Bill was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Gertrude Clough, two brothers Dean and Richard Clough, and first wife, Mary Reder.
Services for Bill are scheduled to be Thursday, October 5, 2017, at 4:00 P.M. at the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan. Rev. James L. Jordan will officiate with military honors following at Sunset Hill Cemetery, East Jordan.
The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Legion Post #227 in East Jordan and the East Jordan Ambulance Association.
American Legion Post #227
305 Main Street, East Jordan MI 49727
East Jordan Ambulance Association
PO Box 223, East Jordan MI 49727