Clarence Halligan

HALLIGAN, Clarence Daniel Patrick – of Davison, MI, age 92, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 18, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. A Funeral Mass, with Military Honors, will be celebrated 12 PM Friday, July 23, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Cremation will take place following the Mass. The family will receive visitors 4-8 PM Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 11 AM-12 PM Friday, July 23, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed 6 PM Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Outreach East or St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, in Clarence’s memory.

Clarence was born April 5, 1929 in Clio, MI to William and Clara (Swantek) Halligan.  He was a graduate of Clio High School Class of 1947. A proud U.S. Army veteran, Clarence honorably served his country during the Korean War, from 1951-1953. He didn’t often talk about the war but would share the good memories of building bridges to help the country and its people. As Sergeant, he loved to cook for his fellow servicemen, especially when he could acquire ingredients to make his famous fudge. After returning from Korea, Clarence attended General Motors Institute graduating from an apprenticeship as a journeyman Machine Repairman. He retired from General Motors in 1977 with many lifelong friends and great stories. Clarence married Mary T. Goyette on June 18, 1955 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Flint, MI. He called her “the best wife” and always said he knew how lucky he was. Clarence was her devoted and loving caregiver until her death on September 25, 2010. The Halligan’s had beautifully full lives being world travelers and friends to everyone, never meeting a stranger. They led by example putting others first and helping those in need, feeling honored and humbled to do so. A legacy their family will continue.

Clarence is survived by 5 daughters, who he taught could do anything because they are “Clarence Halligan’s daughters.” 2 sons who are his pride and joy. All 7 will carry on his strength, determination, optimism, and devotion to family. Maureen Halligan (Lee Clark), Anne Mead, Thomas (Patti) Halligan, James (Debbie) Halligan, Joan Halligan-Beckelic (Bryan), Carol Halligan (Tim Nyman) and Jacqueline Halligan; 16 grandchildren, Patrick Clark (Victoria Khaydar), Molly Clark, Erin Clark-Lupo (Josh), Katie Clark, Crissy (Shane) Stinson, Jeremy (Margo) Halligan, Alicia Lewis (Jeff), Mindy Halligan (Noah Hellner), Duncan Halligan (Jessica Baumbach), Adrean (Tom) Elliott, Kyle Beckelic (Somer Failing), Brooklyn Beckelic (Clinton Kish), Jay (Brittany) Morrow, Ben Morrow (Taylor Dawes), Ana Halligan and David Halligan; 13 great-grandchildren, Faith, Alexa, and Wade Stinson, Marie and Thomas Halligan, Sybil Lewis, Thomas and Riley Elliott, Savanna B, Brody and Lukas Tewksbury, Ryan Kish, Paisley Morrow; 2 sisters, Agnes Hempsall and Clara Wylie; sister-in-law, Sue Halligan; many other family and friends. Clarence was preceded in death by his loving and cherished wife, Mary T. Halligan; grandson, Andrew David Clark; son-in-law, Gary Mead; many brothers and sisters.