Clifford A. Ferkel, 84, of Sherrard, passed away Tuesday March 17, 2020, at his home.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd is assisting the family.
Clifford was born on September 22, 1935, in Hillsdale, Illinois, the son of Arthur and Bertha (Henrichs) Ferkel. He was the youngest of 14 children. He was an Army National Guard veteran, and a union steward and member of the United Auto Workers Local 1304 in East Moline. He retired from Case IH in 1992. He enjoyed raising various animals and puttering around on his acreage as well as spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and his brothers and sisters. He especially looked forward to the yearly family picnics where he could joke around and laugh with everyone in his large extended family.
Survivors include his wife Rose; children, Mark (Kelly) Ferkel, Traci (Steve) Fowler, Kari (Lonnie) VanHook; 7 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; sisters, Ethel (Van Dewoestyne), Roseann (Walters), Janice (Rowan); and brother Donald Ferkel.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 5 sisters and 4 brothers.
A celebration of life will be scheduled at a future date.
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