Sackitt, Clifford Duane

Sackitt, Clifford Duane

Male 1927 - 1959  (32 years)

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  • Name Sackitt, Clifford Duane  [1, 2, 3
    Born 23 Oct 1927  Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Residence 4 Jul 1959  Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 31 Dec 1959  Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    Buried Bellevue Cemetery, Belleview, Eaton, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Person ID I34251  Sackett | Descendants of John Sackett the Colonist
    Last Modified 22 Mar 2021 

    Father Sackitt, Benjamin Franklin,   b. 21 Nov 1888, Bellevue, Eaton County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1962  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Smith, Bessie E.,   b. 31 Dec 1892, Barry County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1964, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 13 Dec 1915  Charlotte, Eaton County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7, 8
    Children 6 children 
     1. Sackitt, Everett Clayton,   b. 1 Dec 1916, Bellevue, Eaton County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1986, McAllen, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     2. Sackitt, Maxine Loretta,   b. 20 Nov 1919, Bellevue, Eaton County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1920, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     3. Sackitt, Maxwell,   b. Abt 1920, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1920  (Age ~ 0 years)
     4. Sackitt, Bernadine Elizabeth,   b. Abt 1923, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1960, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years)
     5. Sackitt, Wilford Edward,   b. 7 May 1921, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 2002  (Age 81 years)
    +6. Sackitt, Clifford Duane,   b. 23 Oct 1927, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1959, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
     
    Family ID F3731  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Walkinshaw, Wava,   b. 15 Jun 1931, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 2002, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 1 Jan 1949  Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Children 
    +1. Living
    +2. Sackitt, Randall Duane,   b. 22 Sep 1953, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 2014, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
    +3. Living
    Last Modified 20 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F25753  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Oct 1927 - Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Jan 1949 - Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Sackitt, Randall Duane - 22 Sep 1953 - Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 4 Jul 1959 - Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 31 Dec 1959 - Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Clifford SACKITT«b» «/b»- U.S. Social Security Death Index
      Birth: 23 Oct 1927 State Where Number was Issued: Michigan Death: Dec 1959

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      Battle Creek Enquirer (Battle Creek, Michigan), 14 Dec 1959, Page 3

      Friends Aiding Sackitt Family

      A campaign to ease the financial plight of the Clifford Sackitt family has been started by friends, fellow workers of Mr. Sackitt and others.

      A committee headed by Mrs. Rexton (Connie) White of 338 St. Mary's Lake rd. is preparing to distribute some 150 canisters to business places throughout the area to receive donations.

      An Enquirer and News story Dec. 6 gave an account of the hardships faced by the Sackitt family. Mr. Sackitt, injured in a July Fourth traffic accident in which three other men were killed, is seriously ill at the Veterans Administration Hospital at Ann Arbor.

      Their $1,200 bank account has gone for medical expenses and other bills. Beginning next month, Mrs. Sackitt will begin receiving about $117 a month from ADC. Because of Mr. Sackitt's serious condition, his three children. Linda, 10, Randy, 6, and Phyllis, 6, haven't seen him since the accident.

      Planning for the campaign started in October, Mrs. White, a registered nurse at Community Hospital, where Mr. Sackitt was a patient for four months after the accident, started the ball rolling. Her two sons, Ron, 12, and Mark, 7, each saved a dollar for the drive. In addition, Mr. Sackitt's fellow employes at Walker homes have pitched in more than $100 in lieu of their annual Christmas party.

      Up until just a few weeks ago, the men at Walker Homes had contributed an average of $75 a week to help the family. Those wishing to contribute to the drive -- "Operation Fourth of July" -- can contact the Fred Lapham residence, 448 Orleans ave., or the Frank Grumeretz residence, 18 Bonita dr.


      Photo caption: Twelve year-old Ron White, right, and his brother, Mark, 7, are the first to contribute to "Operation Fourth of July," a campaign to help the Clifford Sackitt family. Mr. Sackitt was seriously injured in a traffic accident last July Fourth. Ron and Mark are children of Mr. and Mrs. Rexton White of 338 St. Mary's Lake rd.

      Transcribed by Ted Smith

  • Sources 
    1. [S729] Debbie Strandberg, Strandberg, Debbie, (Email).

    2. [S1619] Newspapers.com (Reliability: 3), 20 Mar 2021.
      Battle Creek Enquirer (Battle Creek, Michigan), 2 Jan 1959, Page 3

      July 4 Crash Victim Dies

      C. D. Sackitt 24th Car Fatality of '59

      Clifford D. Sackitt of 95 W. Fountain st, seriously injured in a July 4 collision which took the lives of three other men, died New Year's Eve in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Ann Arbor.

      Mr. Sackitt's death, on the eve of his 11th wedding anniversary, brought the 1959 traffic death toll for Calhoun County to 24, one more than the 1958 total.

      Fourth Victim

      Mr, Sackitt had been the last survivor of a head-on collision which took the lives of his brother-in-law, Glen Walkinshaw, and his cousin, Kenneth Walling, both of Bellevue, and Glenn Haynes of Kalamazoo.

      The right wheels of Mr. Haynes car dropped off the pavement of M-78 in Pennfield Township, and as the driver turned back onto the highway the car crossed the center line and crashed head-on into the pickup truck driven by Mr. Sackitt in which his brother-m law and cousin were riding. All but Mr. Sackitt died before they reached local hospitals.

      Mr. Sackitt was a patient at Community Hospital for several months, was moved to the local VA Hospital early in November and went to the Ann Arbor hospital Nov. 20. Recently, an "Operation Fourth of July" campaign has been under way to provide financial aid for the Sackitt family.

      Battle Creek Native

      Mr. Sackitt was born in Battle Creek Oct. 23, 1927, a son of Frank and Bessie (Smith) Sackitt. After attending school here, he entered the wavy early in 1945, and was discharged in October of the same year.

      On Jan. 1, 1949, he was married to Wava Walkinshaw. For the past five years, Mr. Sackitt had worked as a mason for Walker Homes.

      He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Linda Lee, 10, and Phyllis Gay, 3; a son, Randy Duane, 6; his parents, of 191 East ave. N.; two brothers, Everett Sackitt of Route 1 and Wilford Sackitt of 153 Rook st.; a sister, Mrs. Walter (Elizabeth) Hemry of 23 Hannah st, and a half-sister, Mrs. Martha Wells of Mount Clemens.

      Mr. Sackitt's body will be at the Lehman Funeral Home in Bellevue until services at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Bellevue Methodist Church, with the Rev, James Myers and the Rev. C. B, Lyon officiating. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery.

      Transcribed by Ted Smith

    3. [S543] Find A Grave (www.findagrave.com) (Reliability: 2), 20 Mar 2021.
      Memorial ID 175894551
      https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/175894551

      Clifford Duane Sackitt
      Birth 1927
      Death 1959 (aged 31?32)
      Burial
      Bellevue Cemetery
      Bellevue, Eaton County, Michigan, USA
      Plot Section D-15, Lot 266

      Researched by Ted Smith

    4. [S1619] Newspapers.com (Reliability: 3), 20 Mar 2021.
      Battle Creek Enquirer (Battle Creek, Michigan), 6 Jul 1959, Page 7

      3 Fatalities Mar 4th
      County Boasts Few Weekend Mishaps

      The holiday traffic picture in Calhoun County was marred over the weekend by the triple-fatality in the car-truck collision Saturday afternoon on M-78 north of the city.

      Otherwise, the county chalked up eight personal injury accidents, none serious, and 11 property damage accidents for the period beginning at 6 p.m. Friday until Sunday midnight.

      Killed in the Saturday collision were Glen Walkinshaw, 44, and Kenneth Walling, 45, both of Route 1, Bellevue, and Glenn Haynes, 60, of Kalamazoo.

      Reported still in critical condition today in Community Hospital was Clifford D. Sackitt, 31, of 95 W. fountain st., driver of the pickup truck in which the two Bellevue men, who were brothers-in-law, were riding, and their nephew.

      Mr. Sackitt, who has not regained consciousness, suffered serious head injuries and fractures of both legs, right wrist, and jaw.

      This Fourth of July presented a much bleaker picture than last year when the holiday itself fell on Friday to make an extended weekend. In 1958, there were no fatalities and only three personal injury accidents.

      Survivors Listed

      Glen M. Walkinshaw, 44, of Route 1, Bellevue, was born Oct. 12, 1914 in Convis Township, a son of Gerald and Josephine (Burton) Walkinshaw. He was married Dec. 1, 1936 at La Grange, Ind., to Juanita Moon, who survives. He was an instructor and group leader for the past eight years at Oliver Corp. Survivors besides his wife include two sons, Gary of Route 1, Battle Creek and Gordon at home; one granddaughter; his father and step-mother; six sisters, Mrs. Eunice Flory of Lansing; Mrs. Bernice Eastman of Montana; Mrs. Mabel Wilcox of Sherwood; Mrs. Flin (Wanda) Hillis of 409 W. Columbia Ave.; Mrs. Clifford (Wava) Sackitt of 95 W. Fountain st. and Mrs. Jean Thompson of Marshall; four brothers, Burrell of Dayton, Ohio, Kenneth of Chicago. Donald of Battle Creek and Galen of Marshall. Funeral services will be at 1:30p.m. Wednesday at the Lehman Funeral Home, Bellevue, with the Rev. Clarence Pedersen officiating. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery.

      Kenneth B. Walling, 45, of Route 1, Bellevue, was born Aug. 24. 1913. in Walton Township, Eaton County, a son of William and Ermmie Jane (Fordham) Walling. He was married to Betty Moon, July 1. 1938 in Assyria. He was employed by the Clark Equipment Co. for the past 12 years as a boiler fireman. Surviving besides his wife are two sons. Maynard and Willard and a daughter, Mary Lou, all at home; one granddaughter; his father; two brothers, Richard and Alva of Charlotte and one sister, Mrs. Dorothy Miner of Charlotte. He was a Mason and a member of the American Engineers of Battle Creek. Masonic services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Lehman Funeral Home with burial at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

      Researched by Ted Smith

    5. [S1619] Newspapers.com (Reliability: 3), 20 Mar 2021.
      Battle Creek Enquirer (Battle Creek, Michigan), 17 Apr 1960, Page 12

      $900 Confribufed For Sackitt Family

      More than $900 has been contributed to a fund started last year to help the family of a Battle Creek man seriously injured in a July 4 collision last year which took the lives of three other men.

      The man, Clifford Sackitt of 95 W. Fountain st., died New Year's Eve in the Veterans' Ad ministration Hospital at Ann Arbor leaving his wife Wava; two daughters, Linda Lee, 10, and Phyllis Gay, 3, and a son, Randy Duane, 6.

      The collision took the lives of Mr. Sackitt's brother-in-law, Glen Walkinshaw, and his cousin, Kenneth Walling, both of Bellevue, and Glenn Haynes of Kalamazoo. It happened on M-78 in Pennfield Township when a car driven by Mr. Haynes and a pickup truck driven by Mr. Sackitt crashed head-on.

      For several months after the accident Mr. Sackitt was a patient at Community Hospital and was moved to the local VA Hospital before being taken to the Ann Arbor VA Hospital.

      Friends, neighbors and fellow workers started an "Operation Fourth of July" fund to help Mr. Sackitt's family.

      Today a friend said $911.16 had been donated. Nearly half of this amount was used to pay off the balance of the hospital bills.


      Transcribed by Ted Smith

    6. [S124] Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925, (FamilySearch.org) (Reliability: 3).
      https://www.familysearch.org/
      Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925
      Groom name: Frank B Sackett
      Groom race or color (on document):
      Groom age: 27 years
      Groom birth year: 1888
      Groom birth place: Mich.
      Bride name: Bessie E. Smith
      Bride race or color (on document):
      Bride age: 23 years
      Bride birth year: 1892
      Bride birth place: Mich.
      Marriage type:
      Marriage date: 13 Dec 1915
      Marriage place: Charlotte, Eaton, Michigan
      Father of groom name: Chauncey B. Sackett
      Mother of groom name: ...ura Crowell
      Father of bride name: Robt. E Smith
      Mother of bride name: ...argaret E. Bryans
      Film number: 2342710
      Digital GS number: 4209133
      Image number: 62
      Reference number: v 2 p 81 rn 219
      Collection: Michigan Marriages 1868-1925

      Researched by Thurmon King

    7. [S678] Michigan Marriages, 1822-1995, (https://familysearch.org/) (Reliability: 3).
      https://www.familysearch.org/
      Michigan Marriages, 1822-1995
      Groom's Name: Frank B Sackitt
      Groom's Birth Date: 1888
      Groom's Birthplace: Mich.
      Groom's Age: 27
      Bride's Name: Bessie E. Smith
      Bride's Birth Date: 1892
      Bride's Birthplace: Mich.
      Bride's Age: 23
      Marriage Date: 13 Dec 1915
      Marriage Place: «tab»Charlotte, Eaton, Michigan
      Groom's Father's Name: Chauncey B. Sackitt
      Groom's Mother's Name: Lura Crowell
      Bride's Father's Name: Robt. E. Smith
      Bride's Mother's Name: Margaret E Bryans
      Groom's Race: White
      Groom's Marital Status: Unknown
      Groom's Previous Wife's Name: «tab»
      Bride's Race: White
      Bride's Marital Status: Single
      Bride's Previous Husband's Name: «tab»
      Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M73576-4
      System Origin: Michigan-EASy
      Source Film Number: 966598
      Reference Number: P 250, Rec.# 219

      Researched by Thurmon King

    8. [S1619] Newspapers.com (Reliability: 3), 18 Mar 2021.
      Battle Creek Enquirer (Battle Creek, Michigan), 26 Aug 1964, Page 4

      Mrs. Frank B. Sackitt

      Mrs. Bessie E. Sackitt, 71, of 191 East Ave., N. died yesterday afternoon in a local hospital. She had been in ill health since last September. She was born Dec. 31, 1892, in Barry County, daughter of Robert E. and Etha (Bryans) Smith. She was married to Frank B. Sackitt Dec. 13, 1915, in Bellevue. The couple moved to Battle Creek in 1920. Mr. Sackitt, a foreman for the Post Division of General Foods Corp., died Nov. 9, 1962. She was a member of Central Christian Church and Women's Benefit of America. Survivors include two sons, Everett C. Sackitt of 12741 S. Drive N. and Wilford E. Sackitt of Grand Haven; a step-daughter, Mrs. Herbert (Martha) Wells of Mt. Clemens; a sister, Mrs. Mattie McCoy of Edgemont, Calif.; a brother, Richard Smith of Union City; 11 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and one step great-grandchild.

      Transcribed by Ted Smith

    9. [S1619] Newspapers.com (Reliability: 3), 20 Mar 2021.
      Battle Creek Enquirer (Battle Creek, Michigan), 6 Dec 1959, Section 4. Page 7

      Count Your Blessings

      Christmas Brings Hope To a Courageous Family
      By CARL SKIFF

      Linda, Phyllis and Randy Sackitt haven't seen their father since July 4th.

      On that holiday afternoon, on the M-78 highway eight miles north of Battle Creek, the father, Clifford Sackitt, now, 32 , of 95 W. Fountain st., was seriously injured, in a car-truck, head-on collision in which his brother-in-law, Glen Walkinshaw, and cousin, Kenneth Walling, both of Bellevue, were killed.

      The driver of the other vehicle, a Kalamazoo man, also was killed. Mr. Sackitt was the lone survivor.

      Since the accident, Mr. Sackitt has been hospitalized first at Community Hospital for four months, then at the Veterans Administration Hospital at Ft. Custer for about a month, and since about three weeks ago,, at the VA Hospital at Ann Arbor.

      Mr. Sackitt had been a cement mason for Walker Homes for five years. Following the accident he was unconscious for two weeks. He suffered severe head injuries, fractures of both legs, of the right wrist and of the jaw.

      Now, five months after that tragic holiday, Mr. Sackitt is seriously ill in failing condition at the Ann Arbor hospital, his wife, Wava, reports. She said infection has set in his left leg- and that there is a possibility it might have to be amputated.

      "He has lost about 60 pounds (150 to 90) since the accident . . . he never has made any definite improvement . . . and the head injuries seem to have affected his speech he speaks incoherently at times," Mrs. Sackitt said.

      Courageous Mother

      Because of his condition, doctors have advised that he not be allowed to see his three young children Linda, age 10, Randy, 6, and Phyllis, 3.

      Adding to the Sackitt family plight, Randy underwent an operation Friday at Community Hospital for the removal of his adenoids and of excessive mucous that had lodged in his middle ear. The blockage had hampered his hearing, but the boy's doctor said Bandy should be able to hear normally now.

      Following her husband's highway accident, Mrs. Sackitt went to work as a nurses' aid at Community Hospital for eight weeks. This $35-a-week job "helped out a little, but not much," Mrs. Sackitt said. She has taken time off from her job now, owing to her son's operation. She has managed to visit her husband in Ann Arbor at least twice a week.

      "Our friends and relatives have been very helpful," she explained. Mr. Sackitt's fellow employes at Walker Homes pitched in an average of $75 a week to help the family, she said, gratefully.

      Insurance and a now-gone $1,200 bank account had taken care of all but $600 medical and hospital expenses. In addition, Mrs. Sackitt clears about $25 a month from renting a four-room apartment in their two-story home and about $117 a month from ADC is expected to begin next month, she said.

      One Wish: Health

      As for Christmas, Mrs. Sackitt has managed to buy each of her three children one toy apiece.

      "The children had a happy Thanksgiving, thanks to a holiday basket donated by the Practical Nurses' Assn." Mrs. Sackitt said.

      On another holiday. New Year's Day, 1949, the Sackitts were married. This New Year's Day will be their 11th anniversary.

      Despite the financial plight, the hardships and the lost companionship of a father, the Sackitt family is hopeful of the future. "I'm very hopeful that some day, very soon, my husband's condition will i improve so that Linda, Randy and Phyllis can see him," Mrs. Sackitt said.


      Photo caption: Mrs. Clifford Sackitt comforts her son, Randy, age 6, following minor ear surgery at Community Hospital. Randy's father is seriously ill at the VA Hospital, Ann Arbor. The boy and his two sisters haven't seen their father since be was injured in a traffic accident July 4th.

      Transcribed by Ted Smith

    10. [S1619] Newspapers.com (Reliability: 3), 20 Mar 2021.
      Battle Creek Enquirer (Battle Creek, Michigan), 2 Jan 1949, Page 6

      Miss Wava Walkinshatc, Clifford Sachitt Married Miss Wava Walkinshaw, daughter of Charles Gerald Walkinshaw of 286 South Wattles road and the late Mrs. Walkinshaw, was married Saturday at 11 o'clock in the Central Christian church to Clifford Sackitt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sackitt of Convls township. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. C. Bernard Lyon.

      For her wedding the bride chose a light blue dress with black accessories and a corsage of red roses. Her attendant. Mrs. Flin Hillis, wore a black suit with white accessories and also had red roses.

      Best man was Flin Hillis.

      A reception at the1 home of the bride's sister, Mrs. Frank Wilcox, at 103 Euclid avenue, followed the service. Refreshments of wedding cake and fruit punch were served.

      The bride attended Wattles Park school and the groom attended school in Convis township. He is employed as a carpenter.

      The couple will reside with the groom's parents.

      Guests from out of town were the bride's brothers, Burrell and Donald Walkinshaw of Lansing; the brlde's sisters, Mrs. Seth Flory of Holt and Mrs. Milo Eastman of Lyons; and Harry Wilcox of Ypsilanti.

      Transcribed by Ted Smith


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