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Clifford E. Hiler

July 20, 1947 — September 26, 2021

Clifford E. Hiler

Clifford E. Hiler, 74 of Gaylord, passed away Sunday, September 26, 2021 at home.

Born in Detroit, Michigan on July 20, 1947, he was the son of Eugene and Virginia (Cluff) Hiler.

Cliff grew up in Clawson where he attended high school with Alice Mae Stapleford, his high school sweetheart.  They were married in Clawson on June 17, 1966.

In 1973 the family moved from their home in Royal Oak to Johannesburg.  Cliff worked in oil field services as a truck driver for Beckman and Northern Energy.  It was his part time job, as a bus driver for the COPD Intermediate School District, that brought him so much satisfaction as he got to know all of his special needs students.

Cliff also kept busy giving back to his community with the Charlton Township Fire Department and EMS.

In his spare time, he enjoyed riding his scooter, atv’s, four wheelers and motorcycles.

Cliff is survived by Alice, his wife of 55 years; his children, Debbie (Jim) Rathbun of Gaylord, Donna (Tim) Stuck of Gaylord, Cliff (Jewellee) Hiler of Gaylord and Chris (Diana) Hiler of Grand Rapids; grandchildren, Jim III (Jessica) Rathbun, Dustin Hiler, Bri Page, Josh Rathbun, Merina Stuck, and Abby Hiler; several great grandchildren; a sister, Pam (Chuck) Frankenstein of Beaverton; a brother-in-law, Andy Shudra of Texas; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Sandy Shudra.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service where the family will visit with friends beginning at 11:00 AM.

Those who wish are asked to consider memorial contributions in his memory to his family.

Arrangements are by Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service.  Please share your memories and personal messages with the family at

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