Clifford Leroy ‘Cliff’ Ellifson


June 20, 1920 - June 20, 1920



Clifford Leroy “Cliff” Ellifson, 92, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, after a nearly two-year battle with cancer. Cliff was born in Blair on June 20, 1920, the son of Eddie and Nettie (nee Strand) Ellifson.


He married Tina Gunderson on Feb. 2, 1952. Cliff was a longtime resident of Waukesha and a 55-year member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. He was a World War II veteran serving in Europe with the U.S. Army Air Force from 1941 to 1945. Cliff served with the Honor of Flight for World War II veterans. He retired in 1982 with 34 years of service from C&J Auto Transport Inc. Cliff then worked part time with John Weber and Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home.


Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Tina (nee Gunderson); his sons, Ronald (Joel’) Ellifson and Michael (Jennifer Karlsson) Ellifson; his daughter, Denise (Larry) Jones; his grandchildren, Samantha (Mike Pollich) Jones, Seth Jones, Blair Karlsson-Ellifson and Grant Karlsson-Ellifson. He is further survived by his brothers, Edner Ellifson and James Ellifson; his sister, Emily Berg; and many nieces, nephews, other family and friends. Cliff was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Vernal, Howard, Jerry and Archie; his sister, Adeline Skoug; and his granddaughter, Lea Ellifson.


Visitation for Cliff will be from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. There will be a second visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the noon funeral service Monday, Oct. 22, at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 424 Hyde Park Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188. The Rev. Andy Fetters will officiate the service. The entombment will immediately follow the service in the Autumn Garden at Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha. There will be full military honors at the cemetery in honor of Cliff’s service to our country.


Memorials are suggested to St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (address above).


Many thanks to Cliff’s family and friends, his physicians, Dr. Berman and Dr. Butler and all the staff of Waukesha Memorial Hospital and Seasons Hospice for their kind concern and care.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For the online obituary or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com, or call 542-6609.