Clifford Smorstad, 96, of Decorah, died Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Wellington Place Nursing Home, in Decorah. Services were at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 19, at Canoe Ridge Lutheran Church in Decorah, with Rev. Stacey Nalean – Carlson officiating. Organist was Kathy Tollefsrud. Soloist was Heidi Smorstad (“The Old Rugged Cross” and “Solvejg's Song,” by Edward Grieg). Hymns were “Beautiful Savior” and “How Great Thou Art.” Interment was at Pontoppidan Cemetery, Decorah. Casket bearers were Travis Smorstad, Derek Smorstad, Mason Smith, Wesly Smith, Carl Magnusson, Clayton Burke, Neil Bentley, Jesse Moore, Lucas Bentley and Logan Smith. Arrangements were handled by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home in Decorah.

Clifford Julian Smorstad was born May 24, 1918, the son of Carl and Alma (Hill) Smorstad in rural Decorah. Clifford grew up near Frankville and then on a family farm in Glenwood Township. Clifford attended the Sheggrud School rural Decorah, he was well known for many decades for his portable sawmill that he took to many areas in a hundred mile radius of Decorah. He also ran a land improvement business, that involved building ponds, terraces, waterways and clearing of brush and trees. Clifford married Dagny Myrtle Sandbeck Sept. 11, 1945, at the Glenwood Lutheran Church and they had four children: Darlene, Dianne, Donna and Dean. After Dagny died, Clifford then was united in marriage to Hazel Forde Ottney Dec. 31, 1970, at the Canoe Ridge Lutheran Church. Clifford was proud of his Norwegian heritage, speaking Norwegian, and he enjoyed eating potatoes, ludefisk and lefse. He enjoyed traveling with a trip to Norway and Germany in 1973. Clifford loved to dance to polkas; often working hard all day long sawing and threshing and then going out to dance. He enjoyed going to the Mabel Hesper Steam Engine Days and to the Waukon Sawing and Threshing Days, as well as many other celebrations in the area. Clifford served as janitor of the Canoe Ridge Lutheran Church from 1997-2007. Clifford was a member of the Canoe Ridge Lutheran Church, the Sons of Norway, and I.O.O.F. Winneshiek Lodge No. 58.

Clifford is survived by three daughters: Darlene (Ronald) Emery, Decorah; Dianne Burke, Decorah; and Donna (Richard) Bentley, Minneapolis, Minn.; one son, Dean (Mary Jean) Smorstad, Cedar Rapids; two step-daughters, Nina (Jim) LaPorte, Edinburg, Texas and Marvel Tomczak, Jefferson, Wis.; one step-son,  Ed (Barb Esler) Ottney, Decorah; grandchildren: Nicolle Smith, Brandy (Robert) Moore, Kelly (Philip) Dotzler, Travis Smorstad, Heidi (fiancé Xavier Moore) Smorstad, Chelsea Smorstad and Derek Smorstad, Carl Magnusson, Clayton (Brianna) Burke, Briana Burke, Neil (Alison) Bentley, Angela (Mark) Schwarze; along with many great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, many nephews, nieces and great-nieces and -nephews.

Clifford was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Alma (Hill) Smorstad; his first wife, Dagny Myrtle Sanbeck Smorstad, Nov. 30, 1968; his second wife, Hazel Forde Ottney Smorstad, Nov. 11, 2008; his brother, Harris (Audrey) Smorstad; and step-son, Lyle Ottney.