Byron Cluckey Jr.

Byron A. Cluckey, Jr., passed away on June 7, 2014, in Prescott, Arizona. Byron was born in Petersburg, Michigan, on May 8, 1930, to Byron A. Cluckey, Sr., and Marie (Barry) Cluckey. His family moved from Petersburg, Michigan in 1940. Byron graduated from W.K. Kellogg High School in Nashville, Michigan, and joined the U.S. Navy in 1949. Byron proudly served on the USS Sicily CVE 118 during the Korean War, earning the Korean Medal, UN Medal three Bronze Stars and the Navy Unit Citation. After discharge from the navy, Byron attended El Camino College in Torrence, California from 1953 to 1955 earning an Associate Degree in Engineering. After college Byron was employed at Northrup Air Craft in California. In 1956 Byron returned to Michigan and joined the Michigan State Police in May 1957. He served at posts in Battle Creek, Bad Axe, Blissfield and Adrian, Michigan. He retired from the Michigan State Police in 1988, and joined the Village Police Department in Blissfield, Michigan, retiring from that department in 1994. Byron and his wife, JoAnn, moved to Arizona in 1994, living in Cottonwood, Arizona, and moving to Prescott Valley, Arizona, area in 1997. Byron enjoyed his family reunions, flying radio control airplanes and taking trips with his wife JoAnn, on their Honda Aspencade and with their RV. One of their favorite areas to visit was the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, and their cruise to Alaska. Byron is survived by his wife, JoAnn, of 30 years. He is also survived by three children: Byron A. Cluckey III (Karen) of Plainfield, Ill.; Laura S. Sconyers (Dan) of Merritt Island, Fla.; and David Cluckey of Adrian, Michigan. He is survived by two stepsons, Jeff Davis and Chris Davis, and four grandchildren and one great-grandson. He is predeceased by three brothers, Lawrence B. Cluckey, Robert Cluckey, Dale Cluckey and two sisters, Evelyn McGuire and June Duncan. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Lakeview Cemetery in Nashville, Michigan.