Clinton Oral Ferner
Clinton Oral Ferner
November 23, 1927 - February 2, 2019
Clinton "Clint" Oral Ferner was a leader. At age 91 our former Duluthian, passed away peacefully on February 2, 2019 in Crown Point, Indiana. He is survived by his devoted wife Maureen (Rene) of 57 years and his loving son David (Maryann) of Mattawan, MI; 9 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Clint was preceded in death by his beloved daughter Elizabeth Kay Callahan; his parents Oral and Viola Ferner and sister - Aileen Ernst. Known as the "Railroad Man" (Duluth, MN Budgeteer, 1-12-97), Clint was born November 23, 1927 in the railroad station at Oostburg, WI, where his father was a telegrapher and station agent and where the family had living quarters. Raised in Green Bay and following high school graduation in 1945, his first railroad job was a fruit inspector for the Green Bay & Western. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1951 and was employed by the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway in Gary as a yardman and brakeman. During the next 27 years he held many supervisory positions until 1978 when he was made General Superintendent. In 1981 he was named Vice President & General Manager of the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway here in Northern Minnesota where he worked until his retirement on June 30, 1993. Following his marriage in 1961, while working for the EJ&E, he and his family lived in Munster, IN for 20 years where he served on the Munster Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals. Clint was a charter member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church and served as an Elder. While in Duluth he served on the Board of Directors for the DM&IR, the Marshall School, Lake Superior Museum of Transportation, (Now the Lake Superior Railroad Museum), St. Luke's Foundation, the Beck Foundation supporting Public Television, Northeastern MN Development Association and the United Way of Greater Duluth. He was a member of the Lake Superior Transportation Club and Missabe Road Historical Society. Clint was a member of the Washington Lodge 21, F-AM in Green Bay, WI, AAD Temple Shrine in Duluth and the Scottish Rite Valley of Duluth, Duluth Court 55, Jesters and Southlake Country Shrine Club in Crown Point. In accordance with wishes, there will be no visitation. Following Cremation, Clint will be buried at a private family graveside service in Elmhurst Cemetery in Joliet, IL at a later date. Donations in Clint's honor may be made to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth, MN and Shriner's Hospital for children.
A "Railroad Man" has left this station, but his steel tracks remain to guide those who follow.