Buffalo – Clifford LeRoy “Kip” Wold Jr., 64, died Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 .
A memorial service was held Friday, Oct. 21at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, with Pastor Ted Vanderpan officiating.
Clifford (Kip) LeRoy Wold, Jr. was born September 18, 1952, in Glencoe, the son of Clifford Wold Sr. and Margaret (Fagerlie) Wold. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Kip attended Philip Murray Elementary School and Connor-Jasper Middle School in Bovey; and graduated from Greenway Senior High School, in Coleraine, in 1970. Following high school graduation, Kip attended Itasca State Junior College, Grand Rapids, from 1970-1972. Kip continued his education at St. Cloud State College, St. Cloud, graduating in February of 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Jr. High Sciences and Secondary Biological Sciences. He attended college fall and winter quarters so he could work at the family business, Cliff Wold’s Canoe Outfitting Inc. in Ely, every spring and summer quarter.
Kip graduated with his Master of Science degree in May of 1989 from St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud. Kip taught 36 years in Buffalo, as a 9th grade physical science teacher. He loved turning his students onto science with his classroom explosions.
On Oct. 18, 1980, Kip was united in marriage to Marcia (Marci) Kay Newton at Bethany Lutheran Church in rural Thief River Falls. To this union three children were born, Aaron, Erika, and Adam.
As a proud teacher for 36 years in the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District, Kip enthusiastically served students, parents, and fellow faculty members. He was a passionate supporter of public education, and he was especially proud of his service to the local and state level teachers' unions for over 30 years.
In those three decades, Kip served as building representative, member of the Great River Area Council, local executive secretary, chief delegate to the annual state business convention, and head negotiator for the teachers' contracts. It was as head negotiator that Kip truly showed his remarkable dedication and tireless enthusiasm.
Through the countless meetings and hours of preparation, Kip's attention to detail and unfailing energy always amazed everyone on both sides of the negotiations table. He firmly believed that students, parents, community, and staff could best be served by seeking compromise without abandoning principles. And his principles were always clear.
Kip, along with his wife, Marci, retired from teaching in June 2013. Kip and Marci had been waiting for retirement to start traveling. They traveled abroad for the first time in June of 2013 to England, Norway, and Sweden, for a family reunion on Marci’s grandmother’s side of the family near Brumunddal, Norway.
In July 2014, Kip and Marci did a cruise and land tour to Alaska. Kip had always wanted to see Alaska and especially enjoyed visiting national parks.
Kip is remembered for his adventurous spirit, love of nature and enthusiasm for the great outdoors. Having a very scientific mind, Kip was quite the inventor, figuring out how to make life a little easier with his many inventions, particularly at the lake. He loved being outside and enjoyed boating, camping, canoeing, fishing, and hunting.
He was a very hands-on dad who loved to show his children what he was passionate about, taking his children on many different camping and canoeing trips from the time they were very young. He was an amazing “Grampaw” who loved his grandchildren very much and instilled in them a love for pancakes and chocolate chip cookies.
Kip is survived by his wife of 36 years, Marci; son, Aaron (Virginia) Wold; daughter, Erika (Gabe) Borscheid; son, Adam (Candice) Wold; grandchildren, Evelyn Wold, Adrian and Liam Borscheid; sister, Karen Graves plus several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Memorials may be given to Zion Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice. Serving the family is the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. www.thepetersonchapel.com.