Clifford O'Rielly

Clifford L. O'Rielly

October 21, 1923 December 13, 2019

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Obituary for Clifford L. O'Rielly

Clifford O’Rielly of Ann Arbor, Michigan passed on December 13, 2019.

Clifford was born on October 21, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan to Rose Jaeckel and Clifford O’Rielly, and has one sister and three brothers; Doreen O’Rielly, James, Allen, and Elmer Nielson. He had a lifelong career in the automobile business and owned Ypsi Auto Sales. Clifford was married for 59 years to the love of his life, Joanne, who proceeded him in death. His children include Roseanne Varran (Ron), Colleen Lawrence (Stephen), Maureen, Stephen (Lisa), and Ann O’Brien (Kevin). Clifford has five grandchildren; Chase, Kyle, Brendan, Fiona, Rielly, and a great grandson; Hudson.

Clifford was raised in the foster care system in St. Clair, Michigan, and because of this experience he surrounded his family with love and throughout his life he reached out to support those who needed a home. The O’Rielly’s have fond memories spent with the Madalinski, Tomalak, Nielson, O’Brien and Willits families. In his later life, Cliff appreciated time spent with his niece, Kathleen (O’Brien) and Mark Sizemore, nephew, Dennis O’Brien and his friends at the Salvation Army church.

Cliff loaded the station wagon with the kids, Joanne, friends and cousins traveling the United States enjoying the national parks. We are all blessed with his corny jokes and his charismatic and outgoing personality. Clifford loved the game of golf and played for more than 80 years. His lifelong friends spent many Sunday’s sharing golf, jokes, and gimmies. Clifford was a World War II veteran serving in the Army Infantry and was a Purple Heart recipient.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Washtenaw County Salvation Army, 100 Arbana Dr., Michigan 48103. Cliff rang the bell for decades at Christmas.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday December 19, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Liberty Road Chapel
    3767 W. Liberty Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Thursday December 19, 2019
    4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Funeral Service

    Friday December 20, 2019 | 10:00am
    Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Liberty Road Chapel
    3767 W. Liberty Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Friday December 20, 2019
    Major Chris Wood
  • Interment

    Friday December 20, 2019 | 11:30am
    Washtenong Memorial Park
    3771 Whitmore Lake Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
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    Friday December 20, 2019

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Pat Simonelli

Dan and I would like you to know that you Steve and your family are in our prayers. We always enjoyed your dad. He had a great sense of humor. He had a long and wonderful life. Love you all.
Pat and Dan
Comment | Posted at 10:34am via Condolence

Jack Miller

I worked for many years with Cliff, He was always the greatest. My sincere sympathy to his family.
Jack Miller
Comment | Posted at 10:34am via Condolence

Mickey Ichesco

Cliff was a really great friend. He certainly will be missed The automobile dealers will certainly be missed.
Comment | Posted at 06:14pm via Condolence

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