Army Sgt. Erick J. Klusacek
Died June 08, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom
22, of Calcium, N.Y.; assigned to 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died June 8 at Gerda Serai, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained in a noncombat-related incident.
(The following was taken from www.dexterfuneral home of June 8, 2010) Sgt. Erick J. Klusacek, age 22 of the Bonney Rd. Watertown died June 8, 2010 in Afghanistan. Erick was born January 2, 1988 at Ft. Campbell, KY the son of Ronald E. and Sheila D. Bagnell Klusacek. He graduated from General Brown Central High School . He entered the US Army in May 2007 and served proudly as a Cavalry Scout in both Iraq and Afghanistan where he was currently deployed.
Erick married Amber L. Shannon on September 28, 2007 in Alexandria Bay.
Erick is survived by his wife Amber, a daughter Makella L. Klusacek of Glen Park, his parents Ronald and Sheila Klusacek of Watertown, a brother Kris Klusacek and his wife Tiffany of Ft. Campbell, KY. and brothers Kyle T. Klusacek and Nick T. Klusacek both at home. His paternal grandparents George and Gerry Camp of Little Rock, AK. and maternal grandparents John and Sigrid Bagnell of Palm Bay, FL. and several aunts and uncles and cousins also survive. He also has a niece Sabrina Klusacek of Ft. Campbell, KY. and his mother-in-law Tina Shannon of Glen Park.
Erick was predeceased by his maternal grandmother Florence Bagnell in 1992 and his father-in-law David Shannon in 2009.
Erick was a unique individual, full of love , full of life. He could put a smile on anyone's face with his quick sense of humor and jokes. He was one you could never stay mad at.
Erick so loved his family and his country. His daughter Makella was his shining star. She in her own way is a mirror image of her dad. Erick loved serving his country and helping fellow soldiers. The world will be a sadder place without him. He will be missed and always will be remembered by all the people he touched. Even though his life was cut short, we know Erick is resting in peace knowing he had such a fun and fulfilling life and a family that loved him dearly. Please join us in remembering Erick, and celebrating his life.
Funeral services will be Friday June 18th at 11:00 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church of Watertown with the Rev. Patricia Walz, pastor of Brownville United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be with full military honors at Brownville Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Johnson Funeral Home, Dexter. Donations may be made to also to the Makella L. Klusacek Trust c/o Amber Klusacek 524 Church St. Glen Park, N.Y. 13601 or in Erick's name to Children of Fallen Soldiers, Fallen Soldiers 3200 Earhart Dr. Carrollton, Texas 75006.