July 16, 1924 - February 1, 2015


Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 5, 2015 at St. Marcus Catholic Church in Clear Lake for Clifford G. Knier, age 90, who passed away Sunday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids. Rev. Virgil Helmin will officiate and burial will be at St. Lawrence Cemetery in Duelm. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Thursday at the church in Clear Lake. Parish prayers will be at 5:00 p.m., followed by Waite Park American Legion Post 428 at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids.

Clifford G. Knier was born July 16, 1924 in Stockbridge, WI to Frank & Mary (Jackels) Knier. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during WW II. Cliff married Theresa “Pat” Bromenshenkel on Sept. 2, 1950 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. They lived in Waite Park for 30 years, and the past 35 years in the Clear Lake area. He was an investment sales representative and owned and operated Clearview Mink Ranch. His faith was important to him. Cliff was a member of St. Marcus Catholic Church and Waite Park American Legion Post #428. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, square dancing, playing cards, and family gatherings. Cliff was a generous, caring, patriotic man who was endearing to many.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Pat of Clear Lake; sons and daughters, Frank (Mary) of Fargo, Jeanne of Clear Lake, Mary (Randy) Weber of Nashville, Daniel (Barb) of Waite Park, Chuck (Sandie) of Bloomington, Tom (Lisa Reuder) of Burnsville, Lisa of Plymouth, Susan of San Diego, and Paul (Julie) of Big Lake; 19 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Fr. Fintan Bromenshenkel, O.S.B. of Collegeville; sisters-in-law, Katie Bromen and Viola Bromen both of Sauk Centre. Cliff was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jim; grandson, Ben; and four siblings and their spouses.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the VA Medical Center and Good Shepherd staff for the loving care given to Cliff.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the charity of the donor’s choice.