Joseph C. Clugston, Jr.

December 21, 1923 - June 17, 2017

Joseph Clark Clugston, Jr. of Cadillac passed away peacefully Saturday, June 17, 2017 at his home. He was 93. Joseph was born on December 21, 1923 in Wilmington, Delaware.
Joseph joined the United States Navy in 1943 and retired in 1965 as Chief Yeoman serving during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. After his retirement from the Navy he worked at Cadillac Molded Rubber from 1965 and retired from there in 1985.
In September of 1963 he married the former Shirley I. Platz and she preceded him in death on September 28, 2007.
Joe loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting. One of his greatest past times was working with the DNR and US Forest Service on the black bear studies in the Cadillac area. He always said he felt closest to God and most at peace when he was in the outdoors.
Mr. Clugston leaves behind many friends and family that he loves dearly and he sorrowed over the loss of so many before him.
Joe is survived by 3 sons and a daughter: Don (Yong Cong) Clugston of San Diego, California, Carol (Barney) Fenn of East Lansing, Bob (Linda) Clugston of Fenton and Jeff (Carri) Clugston of Cadillac; 9 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
Military graveside services under the auspices of the Cadillac Area Honor Guard will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the Cherry Grove Township Cemetery in Wexford County. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan or to the charity of your choice. An online guestbook is available at

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Jeff Clugston - Jun 19th, 2017 11:16 am

"Dad, Love you and miss you . You always said "Thanks and I told you,"It was my honor and it is all of those you did so much for that owe you the THANK YOU! For gifts of your heart far outweigh material things.You said,"When you find a rose, keep it not for yourself, but rather give it away."Love you! Will miss you until we see you and ma again down the road a piece. Thanks,Love Jeff"

Mart and Teresa Williams - Jun 24th, 2017 12:16 pm

"I, too have many fond memories of Joe and the bear study. He was a very kind and gentle man and a great friend and supporter of the bears. He made a difference. He will be missed."

Elisha Clugston - Jun 25th, 2017 8:27 pm

"When the man upstairs called you To the ship that took you home Your heart was filled with all our love So you'd not have to sail alone There's business to attend to Where God has saved your place We know you waited patiently To see Grandma's smiling face So until I'm called upon the ship When it's my time to depart You won't truly be gone from me For you both live within my heart "

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