Clifford A. Fordham was the second son of Lydia (Butzer) and Floyd Thomas Fordham. Although raised on the family farm in Claybanks Township, he had little interest in farming for a living. Even as a boy he was interested in fixing anything broken, from fountain pens and watches to farm equipment and hunting rifles. After attending Flower Creek School and graduating from Montague High School, Clifford enrolled at Michigan State College (MSC). His schooling was interrupted by World War II and the United States Army. He served in Europe in the 12th Field Artillery for 17 months, landing at Normandy and fighting in several campaigns including Northern France, Rhineland, and Ardennes. When the war was over, he returned to MSC, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Clifford worked 17 years for Teledyne Continental Motors in Muskegon and Mobile, Alabama. He later worked eight years for White Engines in Canton, Ohio, as Vice President of Engineering. In 1952, he married (Donna) Jane Douglas, a Muskegon Heights elementary school teacher, originally from the Ionia area. Children of Clifford and Jane: Lydia Louise and Thomas James
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Claybanks, Oceana County
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