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Clifford C. Wall
Issue Date: October 16, 2013
Clifford C. "Bud" Wall, 92, Green Bay, passed away surrounded by his family on Monday, Oct. 14.
Born Jan. 27, 1921 in Goodman to the late Clifford C. Wall, Sr. and Ruth I. (Brunk) Wall, the family moved to Green Bay in 1929 when his father started Cliff Wall Motor Sales. He graduated from Green Bay East High School in 1938 and attended UW-Madison, graduating in 1942 with a Philosophy degree. He served in the Army Air Force from 1942 until 1945 in weather services and in 1946 married Theresa M. Hettig .
The couple returned to Madison to study and in 1948 he received his Bachelor of Law degree and license to practice law. He did not practice, but became a member of the Wisconsin Bar Association as an inactive member. They then returned to Green Bay in 1948 and he began working full time at the family Oldsmobile dealership. In 1951, their son, Clifford Michael was born. After the death of his father in 1972, he took over the management of the dealership until 1997 when he made his son, Cliff M., general manager. He continued to retain an interest in the operations on a limited basis until recently. The dealership is now known as Cliff Wall Subaru-Mazda-Mitsubishi.
Having many business interests, he served on the board of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, director of the First Wisconsin State Bank (now U.S. Bank), president of the Bay Auto Body Association, a member of the Green Bay Auto Dealers Association, a charter member of Pilgrim Congregational Church and served as a moderator and on the Board of Trustees.
He also served on the board of the YMCA, was a longtime member of the Y 's Men 's Club, served as president of the UW-Green Bay Founders Club, was a 50 year member of the Masonic Washington Lodge #21, served on the board of Woodlawn Cemetery and served on the Town of Allouez School Board until the Allouez school system merged with the school system of Green Bay.
An active member of the Boy Scouts, in 1937 he attended the first Jamboree in Washington D.C., was a Cubmaster for many years and was a recipient of the "Trailblazer" award for his efforts in scouting.
He is survived by his son, Clifford M. (Betty) Wall; two grandchildren; a great-grandson; seven nephews; five nieces; five sisters-in-law, Kathleen Hettig of Sturgeon Bay, Geri (Don) Hayes of Fitchburg, Rita (Bob) Brault of Pensacola, FL, Pat (Jim) Speerschneider of Waunakee, Marianne (Jerry) White of St. Augustine, Fla.; two cousins, Barbara (George) Riggin, Vero Beach, FL and Earl (Marie) Brunk of Eau Claire.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Theresa on Aug. 9, 2009; a brother and sister-in-law, David (Lois) Wall; a sister and brother-in-law, Lucille (Hugh) Morris and a niece, Cathy Hayes.
Visitation will be held at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 991 Pilgrim Way, Ashwaubenon, on Friday, Oct. 18 from 2 p.m. until the Celebration of Life at 6 p.m. with Pastor Mark McAnlis officiating. Military honors will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated in his name to the Greater Green Bay YMCA, the UWGB Founder 's Club or Pilgrim Congregational Church.