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Place of Service
Millersburg Methodist Church

Time of Service
Monday February 4, 2013
11:00 a.m.

Officiated By
Pastor Josh Blanchard

Place of Visitation
Chagnon Funeral Home
Onaway, Michigan

Time of Visitation
Sunday February 3, 2013
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Cemetery
Riverside Cemetery
Millersburg, Michigan

Noble "Cliff" Compton

Oct. 3, 1934 - Feb. 1, 2013


Noble "Cliff" Compton, age 78, of Alanson, formerly of Millersburg, died at home on Friday February 1, 2013.  The son of Clifton and Louise (Pavy) Compton, Cliff was born on October 3, 1934 in Mitchell, Indiana.  He married his soul mate and the love of his life, Barbara Hershey Stewart on December 27, 1987.

In 1967 Cliff moved to Millersburg from Royal Oak and ran Versnik's Auto Parts, which later was called Cara Mae's Auto Parts.  He then worked as a machinist at Tube Fab in Afton and eventually retired in 1999 from Georgia Pacific in Gaylord.  Cliff enjoyed flying model airplanes, snowmobiling, and hunting.  He loved guitars.  Not only did he enjoy playing, he also was skilled in the craft of making guitars.  Cliff did beautiful work and made each of his sons their own special guitar.  Though he had many enjoyable pursuits, Cliff's greatest love was old cars.  He had a passion for restoring vintage automobiles.           

Surviving is Cliff's wife of 25 years, Barbara Compton of Alanson; sons, Craig (Dianna) Compton of Richville, Clark (Dawn) Compton of Cheboygan, and Chad (Cari) Compton of Millersburg; former wife and friend, Cara Mae Compton of Millersburg; step-sons, Mark (Patty) Stewart of Indian River, Mike (Michelle) Stewart of Garden City, and Kevin (Stacy) Stewart of Indian River.  He also leaves behind 15 very special grandchildren, Jason, Kyle, Levi, Caleb, Cory, Megan, and Calvin Compton, Adam, Tony (Alexis), Todd, Danielle, Paige, and Rachel Stewart, and Kaitlin and Ashley Blumke; and great grandchildren, Ashton, Colton, and Brooklyn Stewart.

Cliff was preceded in death by his mother and step-father, Louise and Alvin Beavers; his father and step-mother, Clifton and Buelah Compton; and his brother, David Beavers.

Visitation will be held on Sunday February 3, 2013 from 3 pm - 6 pm at the Chagnon Funeral Home in Onaway.  Funeral services will be from the Millersburg Methodist Church on Monday February 4, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.  Pastor Josh Blanchard will officiate.  Cliff's final resting place will be in Millersburg at Riverside Cemetery.  Donations to honor Cliff's memory should be made to the Millersburg Methodist Church or to the American Cancer Society. 

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  • Joyce Thomas
    Feb. 4, 2013

    Dear Barb and family of Cliff,

    As you say goodbye to your dear husband and father, may love and healing flow into your world and bring you comfort and peace.

    Cliff was a great friend to my husband.  Our son Hal already shared his memories of "Uncle Cliff."  And daughter Sara to this day smiles as she recalls riding home from a visit to Millersburg, shaking a mason jar of cream to make butter.  My first tastes of quail and persimmon (and squirrel!) were in the hospitable Compton kitchen. When Cliff still lived in Royal Oak our families would share backyard picnics.

    Cliff will be missed . . . and remembered.

  • Lynda Thomas Schock
    Feb. 4, 2013

    Cliff was one of my brother, "Big" Jim Thomas', closest friends when we all lived in Clawson, MI. When I married and moved to Royal Oak, MI. Cliff and Cara Mae were my backyard neighbors. I remember them with great fondness and send my thoughts and prayers to all of his family.

  • Lynda Thomas Schock
    Feb. 4, 2013

    Cliff was one of my brother, "Big" Jim Thomas', closest friends when we all lived in Clawson, MI. When I married and moved to Royal Oak, MI. Cliff and Cara Mae were my backyard neighbors. I remember them with great fondness and send my thoughts and prayers to all of his family.

  • Harold (Hal) Thomas
    Feb. 4, 2013

    Dear Barbara, Cara Mae, Craig, Clark and Chad.
    Uncle Cliff was a great man and he had positive impact on my life.  He always seemed so much bigger than life and I remember his laughter so very vividly.  I remember all the times as a boy he took me and my dad hunting on the farm, and I will never forget the summer I stayed with you all and I learned what it was all about baleing hay!  I am so sorry for your loss. I will always be thankful for the time he was in my life.

  • Karen Curtis
    Feb. 4, 2013

    It's the little things, the everyday occurrences that you will remember.  The laughs, the stories, the smiles.  Even though it seems like you can never recover from your loss, it is these very memories that will help lessen the pain and bring smiles to your family's faces.  I am so sorry for your loss.  My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

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