Clifford D. Armgard, 93, of Genoa, died Wednesday July 31 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. He was born October 2, 1925 to Leonard and Effie (Fosdick) Armgard in Flanagan, Illinois the youngest of seven children. He grew up in the Chicago suburbs of Lyons, Brookfield and La Grange. In 1943 he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was taken prisoner of war by the Germans on December 19, 1944. He was liberated on April 2, 1945. Clifford married Rose Gentile on August 24, 1946 and the couple lived in the Chicago suburbs until 1993, when they moved to Genoa. Clifford was a route salesman for a dry cleaning and carpet cleaning business for 40 years until retiring.
Cliff and Rose enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. visiting relatives and taking bus tours that included Ireland and WWII Europe. He enjoyed family reunions, holidays and celebrations and was active in his church where he served in many ways. He was currently a member of Hamburg St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, rural Chaseburg.
Survivors include his children, Criss Armgard, Bill (Pat) Armgard, Carolyn (Matt) DuMond and Julie (Bob) Ludwig; grandchildren, Chad Gilles, Carrie Connell, Sarah (Bill) Middleton, Michelle (Dan) Degner, Ali (Jessie) Kirkland, Josh (Jen) DuMond, Zac (Mary) Armgard; 15 great grandchildren, two cousins, Ida Hinz of Eau Claire and Joyce Baxter of Pontiac, IL; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday August 6, 2019 at the Hamburg St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, rural Chaseburg. Rev. Steven Oldre will officiate. Burial with military honors will be in the church cemetery. A visitation will be held on Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Seland Funeral Home in Coon Valley and at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until service time. Condolences may be given at selandsfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be given to New Life Resource Center or Hamburg St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
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