Robert D. (Bob) Cluckey of National City passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 at McLaren Bay Region Hospital in Bay City.
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He was born May 15, 1935 in Toledo, Ohio to the late Frank and Eula Cluckey. He graduated from Brighton High School in Brighton in 1953, after which he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He served as a crew chief on the B-47 bomber, the first jet powered bomber put into service, until 1960.
On Jan. 28, 1956, he married Charlotte Irish at Bridgeport Community Church. He owned a construction business for many years, then worked 22 years as a millwright for General Motors from which he retired in 1999. He was a gifted guitar player, who enjoyed performing for family and friends.
Shortly before leaving GM, he developed a love of woodworking which kept him busy during the early years of his retirement. He also enjoyed playing cards with the friends he had made since relocating to National City.
Bob is survived by his cherished wife of 57 years, Charlotte; and six children, Robert (Diane) Cluckey Jr. of Munger, Glenn (Cyndi) Cluckey of Ionia, Casandra (Randy) Betts of Milwaukie, Ore., Marshella Hoendervanger of Newaygo, Penny Wyatt of Owosso and Alan Cluckey of National City, 14 grandchildren, Phillip Cluckey, Melissa (Kevin) Phillips, Erin (Nic) Shaw, Ashley Curie, Brandon, Kelsey, Garret, and Blakely Betts, Joshua (Tera) Cluckey, Heather, Aleesha, and Zachary Wyatt, Rachel (Bob) Lozo and Dannielle Merrill; and eight great grandchildren, Piper Cluckey, Jaxon Shaw, Miles Phillips, Ashlynn Lumsden, Ellie and David Cluckey, Arabella and Jordin Parkes.
He was preceded in death by seven brothers and two sisters. He is survived by brothers, Ken Cluckey of Hatboro, Pa. and Rick Cluckey of Traverse City; and sisters, Eileen Williams of Augusta, Ga., Beatrice McManus of Roscoe, Ill., Jeannie (Bob) Johns of National City and Carol (Dave) Finley of National City.
Bob was cremated at Cremation Society of Mid-Michigan. Immediate family will have a memorial later this year, and a family reunion planned for this summer will be a celebration in his memory.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Iosco County Ambulance Service, or to the
Published in Iosco County News-Herald and Oscoda Press from Feb. 28 to Mar. 12, 2013