Clifton HjortClifton Hjort, 85, of Peoria, Ill., passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at St. Luke’s hospital in Duluth.
Clifton Hjort, 85, of Peoria, Ill., passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at St. Luke’s hospital in Duluth.
He was born on Oct. 12, 1925, in Two Harbors to Albert and Matilda Strom Hjort. He married Eugenia M. Stern April 28, 1952, in Miami. She passed away Aug. 7, 2002, in Peoria. He was also preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.
Clif is survived by three sons, Christopher (Donna) Hjort of Peoria, Erik (Melissa) Hjort of Peoria and Jonathan (Pam) Hjort of Chillicothe; one daughter, Lisa (Mark) White of Peoria; five grandchildren; and a loving companion, Nancy Ford, of Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Clif was a base manager for Eastern Airlines from 1950 to 1970; general manager for Jumer’s Castle Lodge from 1970 to 1980; and general manager for Heritage House Smorgasbord, manager at Carnegie’s/ The Hotel Pere Marquette, and last worked at Jim’s Bistro.
He was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran.
He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He loved to spend his summers at his cabin in at Bassett Lake near Brimson and his winters in Deerfield Beach. He thought he was Fred Astaire, and also had a wonderful sense of humor.
A memorial Mass took place Wednesday at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Peoria with Rev. Charles Klamut officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded with a burial of ashes at Resurrection Cemetery. Wright & Salmon Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to his grandchildren’s memorial fund. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www. wrightandsalmon.com