Clifford Leroy Svedahl


Clifford Leroy Svedahl, 80 of Cloquet passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020 in Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. He was born March 26, 1940 in Crookston to Leonard and Regina Svedahl. He graduated from Crookston High School in 1958. Cliff was still in high school when he started working at Cretex, a company he would work at for the next 45 years except for the two year period from 1960 – 1962 when he served in the Army. Cliff married his best friend, Kay Fingalson in Detroit Lakes in 1966. In 1968 they moved to Cloquet and raised their family. Cliff and Kay were truly best friends. They loved their simple life and most enjoyed spending time with each other and with their family. Cliff retired from Cretex in 2000 and he and Kay enjoyed 15 years of retirement before she passed away.

Cliff is well known for his caring personality and his sense of humor. He had an uncanny ability to make people smile and laugh. Cliff was a man with integrity. If he said he would do something, it would get done no matter what. He was always willing to help anyone in need and never expected anything in return. He loved his kids with his actions even more than through his words. He adored his grandkids. Cliff had strong family values and instilled those same values in his children.

Cliff was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. He enjoyed going to the Senior Center, shooting pool, and going for bike rides and walks. He was instrumental in getting the outdoor pool in Pinehurst Park. When he was in his 30’s, he completed four full marathons.

In addition to his wife, Cliff was preceded in death by his brother, Ralph “Bud” and sister, Doris Hunt.

Cliff is survived by his two children, Jeffrey (Sabena) Svedahl and Jill (Eric) Augustine; four amazing grandchildren, Sonia and Deven Svedahl and Louisa and Tyber Augustine, sister, Lilah Wang; sister-in-law, Jean Svedahl; brother-in-law, Donley (Barbara) Fingalson; and several nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to send out a note to everyone that has called or sent a text about the loss of their dad. Thank you all so much for all the support. It has been overwhelmingly comforting.

Public visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 5, 2020 in the Atkins Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St., Cloquet. The family will not be present. If you have been exposed to COVID or have any symptoms, please be respectful and do not attend. A private family graveside will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see

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