Clifford Viereck

Clifford Viereck

Clifford Elwood Viereck passed away peacefully Wednesday April 17 surrounded by his family.

Born May 7, 1926 in Malo Wash., he was raised in the Fairhaven district of Bellingham where his life journey began.

He grew up with and married his wife Sheila Rust just recently celebrating their 66th wedding anniversary April 11.

They have two children, son Mike (Kathy) Grandview Wash., daughter Mary Smiley (Jon) Grandview, Wash. and granddaughter Amanda Viereck (Scott) Seattle, Wash.

In 1987 Cliff and Sheila moved to Buoy Bay Orcas Island after his retirement of 35 years Georgia Pacific Pulp & Paper. They enjoyed the “island” life until moving to Mabton, Wash., 2001 to be closer to their daughter and son and “farm” life.

He was very committed to community service as well as involvement and support of Shriners, Fairhaven Blue Lodge, Past Master Free Mason #73, Lions, Buoy Bay Homeowners Association & Doe Bay Water System Creation.

His military support for the South Pacific during WWII and Korean War gave him pride and belief in America’s freedom.

He is survived by his wife Sheila, son Mike (Kathy), daughter Mary (Jon Smiley), granddaughter Amanda (Scott Gampino), many nieces and nephews and ever faithful Lab, Starr.

Clifford will be laid to rest in the Doe Bay Family Cemetery Orcas Island next to his parents and grandparents.

A memorial to be scheduled at a later date at the Doe Bay Family Cemetery on Orcas. Your attendance is very welcome. Contact Mike at or 253-405-2666 to be later notified re the future exact date.

In lieu of flowers donations are asked to be made to the Doe Bay Family Cemetery for its continued care and maintaining its historical designation in Clifford’s honor.

The cemetery is a registered Washington State Nonprofit Corporation. UBI 602-393-815; EIN 20-1136601. Mail Donations to: First Citizens Bank, PO Box 27131, Raleigh, NC 27611-7131. Acct name: ‘Doe Bay Family Cemetery’ Acct# 008650028140

Those wishing to sign Clifford’s online memorial book may do so at Smith Funeral Homes Ltd. is in charge of arrangements.

Also see Cliff at (case sensitive).