Clifford J. Perlich, 86, of Avilla, died Sunday, November 24, 2013. He was born in Noble County Jan. 31, 1927, to the late Lloyd W. and Anna (Schaefer) Perlich. He served in the U.S. Army from April 1945 to October 1946. He married the late, Betty Ann (Rumsyre) Dec. 24, 1950. Together they lived 55 years in Churubusco and enjoyed camping from 1970 to 2000 and were members of the Good Sam Club. He was a dairy farmer from 1950 to 1970. He then retired in 1987 from Smith-Green Community School, having worked as a bus driver and on the custodial staff. He was a member of the Churubusco Church of the Nazarene. He is survived by three daughters, Virginia Ann (Robert) Bair of Kendallville, Teresa Lee (Ted) Jones and Nancy Ray Heeren both of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Jason (Jennifer) Craig of Angola, Jarrie (Troy) Alderman of Grove City, Ohio, Benjamin M. (Kathryn) Heeren of Fort Wayne and Weston (Sabrina) Heeren of Indianapolis; and seven great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by a grandson, Timothy Robert Bair; and an infant great-granddaughter, Catherine Victoria Heeren. The funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Covington Funeral Home, 8408 Covington Rd. Calling will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. He will be entombed at Covington Memorial Gardens. Preferred memorials are to The New North Ridge Village Halloween fund. Visit www.covingtonmemorial.com to post online condolences.