McGann, Clinton Philip
Clinton Philip McGann, 87, Green Bay, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014. He was born October 19, 1926, in Hancock, MI to Clinton H. and Eleanor P. (Sullivan) McGann. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, as a gunner's mate and Chief Petty Officer First Class, and during the Korean War, both on the destroyer escort USS Raymond and as a "frogman" in the U.S. Navy's Submarine Service Underwater Demolition Team (later to become the Navy SEALS). After the wars he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice at Michigan State University in order to pursue a career in criminology.
On June 3, 1961, he married the love of his life, Frances Nonneman, in Oakland County, MI, and promptly moved to Alaska, beginning the next chapter of his life. While in Alaska, they welcomed their daughter, Maureen, into their lives. Several years later, Clinton moved his young family to Terre Haute, IN to continue his education at Indiana State University, becoming the first to graduate from that institution with a Master of Arts in Criminology/Criminal Justice. Later, in 1969, he was invited to establish the Police Science program at NWTC (later to become the Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement program), becoming its first Coordinator/Dean. During this time, he also continued his education, earning an Ed.S degree from UW-Stout while working towards a Doctorate. Clinton retired in 1989 from NWTC.
Throughout Clinton's life, he enjoyed being an outdoorsman, especially fishing and hunting. After many years of traveling the country, he built a cabin on Lake Superior in Skanee, MI for himself and his trusty beagle, Doc. In his later years, he also enjoyed spending the winters with his daughter's family in sunny Florida.
He was a member of the Optimist Club, the Elks Lodge, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (life member - Juneau, Alaska Post #5559; member Green Bay Post), American Legion Post # 0518, St. Agnes Parish, and a lifetime member of both the National Rifle Association and the Nicolet Rifle Club.
He is survived by a daughter, Maureen McGann-Ludwin, and her husband, Mitchell Ludwin, Palm City, FL; three grandchildren, Kaitlin, Atlanta, GA, Clinton, Palm City, FL, and Helena, Palm City, FL; a sister, Bonnie Natzman, and her husband, Norbert, White Lake, MI; his cousin, Clara Sullivan Donia; numerous other cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Frances; his sister, Margaret "Peggy" Beahan; infant twin brothers and two infant sisters.
There will be a Memorial Service held in late spring/early summer to honor Clinton. An obituary will be placed in the Press Gazette and the Houghton, MI Daily Mining Gazette to notify of the date. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Houghton, MI. Blaney Funeral Home, Green Bay is assisting the family. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
The family would like to extend their gratitude and special thanks to Dave Schneider and Gary Kraszewski for their care and support they provided to Clinton in recent years.
Blaney Funeral Home
1521 Shawano Ave. Green Bay, WI 54303
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Mar. 30, 2014