Clifford Thomas "Cliff" Trautman

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Dec. 10, 1919 -- Sept. 13, 2012

 Clifford Thomas "Cliff" Trautman, 92, of the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky, Ohio and formerly of Norwalk, died Thursday, September 13, 2012 at the Veterans Home.

Cliff was born December 10, 1919 in Sandusky, Ohio to the late Howard and Verna (Francis) Trautman. He lived in the Sandusky and Norwalk area for most of his life, except for 8 years in Chicago and a few winters in Fort Myers, Florida.

He served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Canberra during World War II.

He was a truck driver for over 40 years with Southern Express and ICX, retiring in 1981 after receiving several awards for safe driving. Cliff never met anyone he couldn't talk to, and always had plenty of stories to tell.

He was a life member of the American Legion Posts #41 of Norwalk, Ohio and Post #83 of Sandusky, Ohio, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2743, Norwalk, Ohio, Eagles Aerie #711, Norwalk, Ohio, Teamsters Union Local #710, and St. Paul Catholic Church, Norwalk, Ohio.

He and his late wife, Mary, enjoyed drag racing, with Cliff winning many races in Ohio, Tennessee, and Florida. They also enjoyed Nascar and cheering on their favorite drivers. Cliff was interested in all cars, especially the Ford Mustang. On his 1965 black Mustang that he raced, he had his grandchildren's names painted on for good luck. After retirement, he and Mary travelled extensively, taking cruises all over the world. He also liked fishing, gambling, and spending time with his family.

He and his late wife, Mary, enjoyed drag racing, with Cliff winning many races in Ohio, Tennessee, and Florida. They also enjoyed Nascar and cheering on their favorite drivers. Cliff was interested in all cars, especially the Ford Mustang. On his 1965 black Mustang that he raced, he had his grandchildren's names painted on for good luck. After retirement, he and Mary travelled extensively, taking cruises all over the world. He also liked fishing, gambling, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his four grandchildren, Julee (Rick) Fries of Norwalk, Ohio, Lisa (Patrick) Schultz of Columbus, Ohio, Lori (Randy) Wheeler of Norwalk, Ohio, Joe Trautman of Vermilion, Ohio, 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great- grandson, by his daughters in law, Carol Trautman and Gretchen (Bill) Landoll, both of Norwalk, Ohio, brothers, Victor, Vincent, Robert "Bud" (Agnes), and Frank (Judy) Trautman, all of Sandusky, Ohio, by his sisters, Betty Laws, Sister Rose Therese, of the Order of the Discalsed Carmelites (Helen Wobser), and Patricia Neill, all of Sandusky, Ohio, and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews. He was affectionately known as "Grandpa Truck". In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the love of his life, Mary (Gfell), to whom he was married 70 years, sons, Clifford Thomas "Tom" Jr. in 1972, Dale in 2010, brother, Howard "Bunk" Trautman, and sisters, Shirley Podgurski, Mary Baker, and Margaret in infancy.

At Cliff's request, cremation will take place and burial will be with Mary at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Friends may call on Sunday, September 16, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Walker Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, September 17, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. in St. Paul Catholic Church, 91 East Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio. Msg. Kenneth Morman will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 44870.