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Michael William Cluff

April 20, 1961 October 12, 2020
Michael William Cluff
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Obituary for Michael William Cluff

Michael William Cluff, longtime resident of New Hudson, Michigan, passed away due to health complications, at the home he shared with brother, Jim, on October 12, 2020. Mike was the youngest child of Donald & Helen Cluff, who welcomed him to their family in Royal Oak, Michigan, on April 20, 1961.

Michael was beloved and will be deeply missed by his eldest sister, Barbara (Cluff) Tucker (Cliff-predeceased) of Carpentersville, IL; sister, Karen (Cluff) Lee (Steven R Lee) of Milford, Michigan; and his brother, James D Cluff, of New Hudson. He treasured his nephew, C.Steven Tucker (Jeannie) of Bolingbrook, IL; and his nephew, (predeceased) Kenneth Tucker (Mariann) of Villa Park, IL; and his niece, Amy (Tucker) Cantu (Guy) of Poplar Grove, IL and his nephew, Christopher R Lee of Tecumseh, MI. Michael was proud of great-nieces, Allison Tucker of Jefferson, IA; Andrea Tucker, of Kalamazoo, MI; Kayla Cantu, of Poplar Grove, IL; Rachel (Tucker) Limoncielo (Frank) of Addison, IL; Lauren Tucker of Villa Park, IL and his 2 great nephews, Matthew Tucker and Kevin Tucker of Villa Park, IL. He will be missed by his beloved aunt, Hilda Leonard, of Ypsilanti, whom he often visited by phone, and many dozens of dear cousins, who now live throughout the USA.

Mike kept a positive attitude through "vintage" music (Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Eddie Van Halen, Bette Midler) and classic TV greats (Johnny Carson, Bob Barker, Alex Trebek, Lucy & Ricky). He & Jim enjoyed caring for her dog Fox, whenever sister Karen vacationed. He & Jim enjoyed happy times with neighbor's who were like family. He would mention Brad, Jeff, Karey, Tim & Cynthia in phone conversations.

Michael was an avid sports fan. As a toddler, he would sit beside his dad, rooting for favorite teams. His father & grandad encouraged him, so that he later excelled in several sports, especially baseball. His middle school coach & friend, George White, recently passed away. Mike grieved his loss along with that of baseball great, Al Kaline.

Some may have met Mike while he worked for Baker Shoes. Later he worked to help his close friend, John Jose and his mother, caring for seriously disabled persons in their group home.

His tender heart led Mike to welcome brother Jim to his home, after their mother passed away in 1998. Jim had lived in Illinois with his sister, Barbara & husband Cliff the year his mom passed. Yet Jim longed to return to his Michigan home. Mike agreed to take in his brother, then provided daily care for Jim, who coped with disabilities, for over 20 years, rarely asking for a helping hand from family members.

Those who have served as caregivers in their home, know how much love it takes to provide daily home care to a family member coping with illnesses. Many have outside helpers as the work takes its toll. Mike excelled in deep love, courage, self-sacrifice and was devoted to keeping his brother safe, healthy & content.

Mike sent Karen a text:
"We borrowed from BETTE MIDLER. "From A Distance-you look like my FRIEND, from a distance. No bombs, no disease, and ESPECIALLY NO COVID 19😄 "

We honor Michael for his self-sacrificing love. He imitated the greatest man who ever lived. His words are recorded in the Bible: John 15:12,13
"This is my commandment, that you love one another just as I have loved you. No one has love greater than this, that someone should surrender his life in behalf of his friends."
( New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures )

Mike had his Bible on a bedside table when he fell asleep in death. In recent years he had strengthened faith in a resurrection to life on a paradise earth, that God promised with Christ as King 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1,4

Many family members share hope of welcoming Mike, restored to great health, in the peaceful world he desired.

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