Clifton (Kip) F. Arick, 97, of Valley City, passed away peacefully, following a brief illness Thursday, January 25, 2018 at The Avenue of Medina. He was born in Elyria (as there was no Medina Hospital at that time), to Earl and Elinor (Schaefer) Arick on December 19, 1920.
Kip was a 1938 graduate of Liverpool High School, where there were nine members in his class. He graduated from Fenn College in 1944 with a degree in Business, playing on its basketball team and participating in a work/study program to help pay his college expenses.
After graduation from Fenn and before starting his career in Cleveland, Kip joined the U.S. Army, serving his Country in World War II as a proud member of the "greatest generation." He saw duty as part of the Medical Depot branch in Germany and France after the Normandy invasion and was preparing to transfer to the Pacific Theater when the war ended. He had achieved the rank of Technical Sergeant at the time of his discharge in 1946 and was awarded numerous decorations including three Bronze Stars. Never forgetting his duty, he later became Post Commander of the VFW Post #5563 and a member of the American Legion.
When he returned from the Military, Kip began working in sales in the cement/concrete business in Cleveland, rising to Sales Manager while working for Huron Cement, Breckling and Collinwood Concrete until his retirement. As you would expect with Kip, he formed many long-time, great friendships during his business career in Cleveland. He especially enjoyed being a 50 plus year member of the Cleveland Athletic Club and the wonderful and spirited competition on both the "Schooners" bowling team and at lunch-time volleyball matches.
Kip was a life-long resident of Valley City and member of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church there. He was a past member of the Liverpool Fire Department, the Valley City Historical Society and the Valley City Chamber of Commerce, where he helped found the Valley City Frog Jump.
His most current beloved activity was being a member of the Cranksters Model A Club of Valley City and driving his self-restored Model A to their events and in the Valley City July 4th parades.
Kip was a huge fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and Browns and the Ohio State Buckeyes, staying up often until midnight to watch the entire games. He loved golfing and was very proud of achieving a "hole in one" at Mallard Creek Golf Course at the age of 80.
Family was very important to Kip, he loved family get-togethers, celebrating his many birthdays, conversing with all and good food and good music, especially Dixieland and Big Band.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Mary and preceded in death by his first wife of 33 years, Helen (Arnold); daughter, Donna of Brunswick; daughter and son-in-law, Jo Ann and Michael H. Carpenter of Gahanna, Ohio; three grandchildren, Allison (Nabeel), Rachel (Peter) and Michael Jr. (Laura); five great-grandchildren; sister, Joan Longshore of Naples, Florida and many nieces and nephews.
He also was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Arick and sister, Janice Smith, both of Naples, Florida.
He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.
Special thanks to the loving, caring staff of the Visiting Angels, The Avenue of Medina and Willowood Nursing Home of Brunswick. Special thanks also to Schooners' teammate John Mulligan for his visits with Kip and the memories he shared.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M., Monday, January 29, 2018 at Bauer Funeral Home, 2089 Columbia Road, Valley City. Father Adam Zajac will officiate Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 11 A.M. at the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Martin's Catholic Church, 1800 Station Road, Valley City. Interment with Military Honors will follow.
Contributions may be made to the St. Martin's Catholic Church Building Fund.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.bauerfuneralhome1943.com