Clancey, Robert J. "Bob"
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of Scottsdale, age 91, passed away on July 6th, 2014. He was born on January 28, 1923 in Blue Island, Illinois, near Chicago, to John (Jack) Clancey and Theresa (Tess) Clancey. His father was the general manager of the Grand Trunk Railroad and Bob spent most of his younger years in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Detroit Catholic Central H. S. and was accepted into the U. S. Naval Academy in September of 1941. Because of WW II his class was accelerated and he was commissioned as an ensign in the spring of 1944 and reported for duty on the destroyer USS Ingraham in the Pacific. His ship was at the battle of Iwo Jima and later at the invasion of Okinawa in May of 1945 where it was attacked by Kamikaze aircraft and severely damaged with loss of life. The ship was repaired while the war ended and its next orders were to the Bikini Atoll Atomic Bomb tests, (he did not glow in the dark after the tests). He then was able to get leave to marry Carol Jane Eberhardt in Detroit, MI. on September 14, 1946. Always wanting to be an aviator he received his wings in both Lighter Than Air (blimps) at Lakehurst, NJ and also fixed wing at Pensacola, FL. Starting in sub patrol blimps in the 50's at various naval stations on both coasts he then flew Lockheed P2-V Neptunes and became the commander of the VP -11 Pegasus squadron. The P2-V's are still in use as slurry bombers and he enjoyed seeing them on TV fighting our western forest fires. When his flying days were over he was assigned to the Navy ROTC programs at Penn State University and later at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, with an assignment in between in San Juan, P.R. as part of the NATO "Operation Springboard" war games. Bob obtained his MBA from the UW while still with the Navy, and after his military retirement in 1970 he worked for the University of Wisconsin for 15 years as a director of facilities for the U of W's system of Universities. He and Carol then retired to Pensacola, Fl to be near other retired Navy friends and he volunteered at the National Naval Aviation Museum helping restore naval aircraft. Their last move was to the Phoenix area in 2000 where they had sons with families. The last 7 years he lived at McDowell Senior Village in Scottsdale. His wife, Carol, passed away in 2012. His four sons were able to visit with him recently before he passed, Sean (Mala) of Phoenix, Michael (Myrna) of Scottsdale, Kevin (Carol) of Carmel, IN, and Brian (Jacki) of Stevens Point, WI. A service was conducted on July 15th, 2014 at St. Daniel's Catholic Church in Scottsdale followed with a Military Burial at the National Memorial Cemetery of AZ. He also leaves behind six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and three siblings William, Roger, and Theresa all of Florida. Among his many interests during his lifetime was his service to his church which was very important to him. Arrangements entrusted to Messinger Indian School Mortuary.
7601 E. Indian School Road Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Published in The Arizona Republic on July 20, 2014