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Clifford Bud Ayers

April 17, 1921 May 5, 2010
Clifford Bud Ayers
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Obituary for Clifford Bud Ayers

Clifford H. �Bud� Ayers a resident of Brighton and Wixom, and former resident of Detroit, died peacefully on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. He was 89 years old.

Clifford "Bud" Ayers, a young boy raised and born in a logging camp in Kalkaska, Michigan, orphaned by the age of 6 was raised by his sister along with six other siblings until he relocated to Detroit in the early 40s. Cliff always had a strong connection with his siblings in Northern Michigan. Living in a small town near Mancelona, and graduating from high school with a letter in baseball, he learned about working on machinery and cars very early in his life. Migrated to Detroit, one of his first jobs was found driving a truck delivering supplies for a small grain feed store known as Miller's Feed at Lasher and Grand River. With the pending war he soon enlisted in the U.S.Navy at the age of 21 in Sept of 1942. Attaining the rank of Aviation Machinist Mate, he served during WWII being honorably discharged in February of 1946.

"Cliff" returned to civilian duty in 1946 with an increased compassion for life when he met a young woman by the name of Marion L.Darling who he would come to love and marry. Birth of their first child came with little Tommy in December of 1947. Continuing with his passion to work on engines, he frequently could be found supplementing his income working at a local gas station. While he loved working on cars, he even entertained a career in racing but raising a family prevailed. Over the next eight years Cliff then fathered two more children Deborah and Kevin.

Seeking to advance, his mechanical skills honed during wartime lead to him finally taking a position with Ford Motor Company in Dearborn. Through hard work and application, finally attaining the position of supervisor at Dearborn Engine plant where he remained 34 yrs. before retiring in 1986.

As time would tell, his boyhood compassion for farming and hunting would emerge in his retirement years. Hunting and gardening, he also found his retirement satisfying and soon took a part-time job with Breen's IGA Supermarket in Milford. Always working hard, his contribution at Breen's was valued, where he remained after Marion�s passing in Oct of 1997, retiring in 2000. While always exhibiting a harsh exterior, his heart was full. His Christian love was shown in his love for his grandchildren and many friends. Joining Milford Presbyterian in January of 1986, a place his family found as common ground, his absence will be greatly missed.

Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marion L. (Darling) Ayers, he is survived by his loving children, Thomas (Cynthia) Ayers, Deborah (Donald) Milner, Kevin (Carol) Ayers, Patricia (Ron) Esch; 7 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; several nieces & nephews and many dear friends.

A Funeral Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford, Tuesday, May 11th at 11AM with The Rev. Dr. R. John Harris officiating. Burial and Military Honors will follow at Oakland Hills Cemetery, Novi. Friends may visit Monday, 6-9PM. Memorials are encouraged to the Michigan Humane Society, Alzheimer's Association, Milford American Legion, Milford Presbyterian Church. For further information, please phone 248-684-6645.

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