E.A. 'Al' Cederberg; 13-Term Mich. Congressman, Consultant

U.S. Rep. E.A.
U.S. Rep. E.A. "Al" Cederberg, second from left, is joined by President Gerald Ford, left, daughter Marilyn and wife Marguerite at a fundraiser and birthday party for the congressman. (1976 Photo By Joe Heiberger -- The Washington Post)
Thursday, April 20, 2006

E.A. "Al" Cederberg, 88, a Michigan Republican who served 13 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and became the ranking minority member of the House Appropriations Committee, died April 17 of heart and kidney ailments.

He died at The Villages Regional Medical Center, part of The Villages retirement community north of Orlando, where he lived.

A former mayor in Bay City, Mich., his home town in the Lower Peninsula, Rep. Cederberg was elected to federal office in 1952.

His district came to include Traverse City and Midland.

Rep. Cederberg was a reliable supporter of the auto industry during his tenure and was a close associate of President Richard M. Nixon.

The congressman, whose district became increasingly Democratic, was defeated in 1978 by Donald J. Albosta (D). After resigning that December, Rep. Cederberg was an Alexandria-based consultant for United Technologies, RCA and Grumman Aircraft.

He moved to Florida from Alexandria in the late 1990s.

The son of a dairy business owner, Elford Albin Cederberg was born March 6, 1918, and attended Bay City Junior College.

During World War II, he served in the Army and participated in the Normandy invasion.

After the war, he was a manager of Nelson Manufacturing Co. in Bay City and served as the community's mayor from 1949 to 1953.

His marriage to Arlene Munro Cederberg ended in divorce. His second wife, Marguerite Kletchka Cederberg, whom he married in 1958, died in March.

Survivors include two children from his first marriage, Tom Cederberg of Bay City and Marilyn A. Warner of The Villages; a granddaughter; and a great-grandson.

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