Clifford “Cliff” J. Gollon, 81, Plover, a longtime fishing bait business operator, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013. He had been in ill health for the past several years, battling advanced Parkinson’s disease.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Stephen Catholic Church, with the Rev. Jerzy Rebacz officiating. Burial will be at Guardian Angel Cemetery in Stevens Point.
Visitation will be at the church from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until the Mass, with a rosary at 10:30 a.m. led by Sister Mary Ellen Diermier.
Pisarski Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.pisarskifuneralhome.com.
Mr. Gollon was born Oct. 15, 1931, a son of the late John and Corona (Stephanic) Gollon. He attended schools in Stevens Point and Escanaba, Mich.
He worked with his mother in the live bait business during summers and worked in the Milwaukee Paper Mill in winters.
He was married to Helen T. Brzezinski on Oct. 8, 1951, at St. Ladislaus Catholic Church in Bevent.
They built their first home on North Second Street in Stevens Point, next to the former Country Spa (now Moose Lodge). He also designed their present location at 1200 Post Road, Plover, with the family business attached to the home.
He worked winters with the Olsen Ice Co., harvesting ice on the Wisconsin River as well.
He established Cliff’s Bait & Tackle in Plover, Wisconsin in 1961, and that business continues today, 52 years later.
He made custom-built ice shanties and sharpened ice auger blades. He also established a wholesale live bait business after his mother died in 1966. He and his wife delivered live bait throughout the northern and central Wisconsin areas. He continued the wholesale live bait business until 1990, when he passed the business onto his sons-in-law, Harold “Smitty” Smith and LeRoy Drewa.
His live bait activities included not only live bait harvest and sales, but also trucking bait from the Arkansas area. He also designed his live bait hatchery in Shantytown.
An experienced fur trapper, he became a licensed fur buyer, working closely with the Hudson’s Bay Company of Canada in fur buying activity. He was also a landlord of various properties in the Stevens Point area.
Mr. Gollon served as a trustee for the village of Plover. He was involved in the town of Plover government at the time a portion of the town of Plover became the village of Plover.
Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Dianne Smith, Shantytown, Darlene (LeRoy) Drewa, Bevent, and Julianne (Richard) Holmes, Fort Collins, Colo.; two sisters, Mary Lou (Victor) Maslakow and Adeline (Henry) Kenowski, both of Plover; one brother, Ray, Stevens Point; He is further survived by nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by four children in infancy; two brothers, John and Richard; and three sisters, Cecelia, Patricia and Cecelia.