|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. They had two children
Lydia Louise and Thomas James. Clifford died August 24, 1982