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ROBERT CLIFTON MEDFORD

ROBERT CLIFTON MEDFORD

C-OBIT-MedfordRobert Clifton Medford  (Bob) of Cedar Springs, Michigan, was born December 30th, 1925 in Coleman, Michigan, to Harry and Ethel Medford, and passed away from heart failure brought on by pneumonia on January 17th, 2014. Bob served as a Surgical Tech. in The United States Army with the rank of Tech. Sargent in both the CBI and Pacific Theaters in WWII. He was a graduate of Michigan State University with degrees in mechanical and agricultural engineering and secondary education.  He worked as an engineer for General Motors, an Associate Professor of Engineering Graphics for University of Detroit, and as a biology, chemistry, physics, geology, weather science, and shop teacher for several public schools with the longest term of 26 years, for Flint Public Schools. He also owned and operated R.C. Medford Photography and ran the Green Thumb Inner City Gardening Program for the City of Flint and was an advisor for the 4H programs.  He owned and operated Hoofbeats Riding Academy.   Additionally he was a private pilot and helped run the Civil Air Patrol for the Flint area. In his retirement he was an avid gardener at his 2nd generation family farm in Lakeview, Michigan.  He is survived by his wife of 48 years Adelma Medford,  5 children:  Jim (Jene) Medford, Tom (Laurie) Medford,  Simon Shane, Ken (Janice) Medford, and  Pam (Clint Conley) Medford- Conley; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, three siblings, a multitude of nieces and nephews,  thousands of students that came through his class room and dozens of people he fostered and mentored.  A celebration of his life will be held Saturday May 24th, 2014 beginning at 3:00pm with a time for testimonials of his life, dinner, and planting of a memorial garden at the family farm 7947 Howard City/Edmore Rd. Lakeview, Michigan. All who wish to celebrate his life are welcome.

 

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