Clarence “Cliff” Posthuma, 80, of rural Brandon, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family.
Cliff was born March 2, 1934 near Friesland the son of John and Clara Hoffman Posthuma. Cliff was a veteran of the United States Army and while serving his country he married Alice Loomans on July 5, 1957 in Alto. Following his service, he and Alice resided in the Randolph area from 1963 to 1987. Cliff owned and operated a portable feed mill. Upon selling the feed mill, Cliff drove truck for Carew Concrete. In 1987 the couple moved to the Brandon area. During his working years, Cliff always farmed and raised hogs. Cliff was an active member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Waupun. Cliff and Alice enjoyed traveling and spent many winter months in Arizona. Cliff’s boys, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren held a very special place in his heart.
Cliff is survived by his wife, Alice Posthuma of rural Brandon; their three sons: Dan (Jackie) Posthuma of Sheboygan Falls, John (Loretta) Posthuma of rural Brandon, and Randy (Diane) Posthuma of Waupun; ten grandchildren: Matthew (Heather) Posthuma, Joshua (Brittany) Posthuma, Danielle (Nate) Irvine, Bethany (Daryl) Rylaarsdam, David (Kerri) Posthuma, Jonathan Posthuma, Nicole (Zach) Staudt, Michael (Kaitlin) Posthuma, Benjamin Posthuma, and Alyssa Posthuma; eight great-grandchildren: Griffin and Myles, Ryan and Reese, Caden and Tyson, Jacob Clarence, and Amber; three sisters: Jeanette Tjepkema of Waupun, Sylvia (Clinton) Smith of Waupun, and Claraine (Ronald) Buteyn of Waupun; a brother, Jim (Betty) Posthuma of Waupun; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Theresa Posthuma of Randolph, Jane Posthuma of rural Randolph, Orlin Fietz of Waupun, Pearl Vande Zande, Evelyn (Ken) DeVries, Hildred Loomans, Elaine (Dean) Huizenga, Dr. Henry (Robin) Loomans, and Sue Davenport ; and mother-in-law, Bernice Loomans.
Cliff was preceded in death by his parents, John and Clara Posthuma; four brothers: Eli, Carl, Alvin, and Jacob Posthuma; two sisters: Agnes Schmidt and Grace Fietz; father-in-law, Henry Loomans; sister-in-law and brothers-in-law: Helena (Barney) Vande Kolk and Milton Vande Zande.
Friends and relatives of Cliff Posthuma may call on the family on Tuesday at the Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun from 4-8 p.m. and on Wednesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.
Funeral services for Cliff Posthuma will be held Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Waupun with Rev. Jeff Brower officiating.
Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun with American Legion Post 210 presenting military honors.