John Boyett McCluskey, Jr.

Born: Fri., May 10, 1929
Died: Tue., Jan. 12, 2010

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John Boyett McCluskey, Jr. Pendleton - John Boyett McCluskey, 80, of Pendleton, died Tuesday, January 12, 2010, at his home. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton. Following the service friends are invited to join the family for a time of sharing and refreshment at the Vert Club Room. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army in Pendleton. Comments about his life and accomplishments may be made by friends in his guest book at www.burnsmortuary.com Mr. McCluskey was born May 10, 1929 in Tucson, Arizona, to John and June McCluskey. He was educated in Tucson and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona. He was a career employee of the U.S. Forest Service from 1951 to 199l and was an environmental coordinator at the time of his retirement. He worked in real estate for a number of years after retirement from the Forest Service. In 1956 he married Kathryn Coles of Jacksonville, Florida, and they had four children. He was a member of Elks, Oregon Association of Realtors, and U.S. Forest Service Retirees Association. He was a Republican precinct committeeman and was an enthusiastic observer of the political scene and current events. Mr. McCluskey held a single engine private pilot's license and was a resident of Pendleton for 32 years. Mr. McCluskey is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kathryn McCluskey of Pendleton; sons John B. McCluskey III of Montreal, Canada, and Kelly McCluskey of Seoul, Korea; daughters Mary Wehland of Pendleton, and Valerie Calley of Athena; and eleven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Alice McCluskey and brother James McCluskey. Private burial services will take place on his favorite mountain in Idaho at a later date.

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John McCluskey III
   Posted Fri January 15, 2010
My father left us suddenly, but we are consoled by the outpouring of support and condolences from his many, many friends in the Forest Service and the community. We will gather again, in the summer of 2010 to scatter his ashes in the forest he loved, on the summit of Kellys Thumb, in the Clearwater National Forest.

Antoinette Doganiero
   Posted Fri January 15, 2010
We wish you our most heart felt condoloences to you and your entire family. Antoinette, Diane, Steve, and Patrick

Spike & Carol Webster
   Posted Fri January 15, 2010
We are shocked and saddened by John's loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy . We will greatly miss him and our great visits on the phone. I'm keeping his last message just to hear his voice. He was a fine man with a great heart and a wonderful mind. May the Lord bless and strengthen you in this difficult time. Carol & Miron Spike Webster 1/15/10

Ron & Elva Cox
   Posted Fri January 15, 2010
We'll always remember John as our dear friend, neighbor and co-worker during our 10 years in Pendleton. He was the greatest raconteur we ever knew. Sharing a wine margarita with him was ever a joy. He was always thoughtful to bring us a loaf of fresh French bread from a bakery when he went to Walla Walla. The joy he brought to all those around him will be missed. Our endearing memories of him will be as enduring as Kelly's Thumb.

Margaret McCluskey
   Posted Sat January 16, 2010
Principled, consistent and intelligent, John McCluskey was also congenial, and adaptable as a member of the Umatilla National Forest Planning Team during my duty assignment on the Umatilla, 1983-1986. I observed his popularity and the respect he received from co-workers in the Pendleton office. John was my mentor, my friend. He even allowed me, on occasion, to join him on his pursuit of the zesty enchilada, ever and always available in his fondly-remembered hometown, Tucson, Arizona. John was devoted to his work with the National Forest Service, and loyal to his family and to his many friends. He remembered me with cards, letters and telephone calls and later, in the age of electronics for the masses, e-mails. Dear and faithful friend, your larger-than-life presence will be sincerely missed.

Margaret McCluskey
   Posted Sat January 16, 2010
Principled, consistent and intelligent, John McCluskey was also congenial, and adaptable as a member of the Umatilla National Forest Planning Team during my duty assignment on the Umatilla, 1983-1986. I observed his popularity and the respect he received from co-workers in the Pendleton office. John was my mentor, my friend. He even allowed me, on occasion, to join him on his pursuit of the zesty enchilada, ever and always available in his fondly-remembered hometown, Tucson, Arizona. John was devoted to his work with the National Forest Service, and loyal to his family and to his many friends. He remembered me with cards, letters and telephone calls and later, in the age of electronics for the masses, e-mails. Dear and faithful friend, your larger-than-life presence will be sincerely missed.

Bob Richmond
   Posted Sun January 17, 2010
Kathryn and Family: John will always occupy a special place in my memory. He loved his family, his country, his friends, his work, and good food! His warm smile and sparkling eyes made people feel good in his presence. His transition from Engineering at mid-career to Resource Mgmt. occurred, but he never lost the "detailed nature" of his Engineering Training. We enjoyed working together in Montana and reconnected years later in Oregon. I'm sure that he's busy right now assuring that all of the i's are dotted and the t's are crossed in Heaven. I shall miss him until we meet again!

Leila Crockett
   Posted Sun January 17, 2010
I first met John & Kathryn in the early sixties when I was about 10. I was a lonely child and although I started out as the babysitter I soon became part of the family. After going our separate ways, John would often visit Orofino and we would always get together. I tried many times to tell him how much of an impact he and Kathryn had had on my life but as was his nature, he always said they couldn't have made it without me. Thanks again John - I love you - until we meet again.

Carol Mondich
   Posted Sun January 17, 2010
Since it has been only one month since I lost my dear husband, Peter Mondich, I am just so saddened for all John's wonderful family. Pete and John started in the Forest Service in the late 50s. What fun it was to share the joys of new parenthood. John was so in love with his beautiful young wife and so very proud of his children. Often John would be at Musselshell having to live in the bunk house while he did his engineering work. He would come over for dinner or just to visit and he, Pete and I would philosiphy about all the world events. John was such a kind and gentle man and such a gentleman to know. Pete thought the world of him, admired his intellegence and treasured his friendship. Good bye dear friend, see you in Heaven.

Christopher Thomas Wehland
   Posted Mon January 18, 2010
When I remember my grandfather, I always remember him as a man of incredible incite and forethought. A man of honor and high minded morals. A man worthy of recognition, but humble. I consider myself lucky to have lived so close to him for as long as I did. He has had a profound effect on me. The world won't be the same for his passing, but it is a better place for his having lived in it.

Linda Carmody
   Posted Wed January 20, 2010
My deepest sympathy to the entire Mc Cluskey family. I'll always remember my family trips to Idaho and Montana in the 1960's to visit Kathryn, John and their children. Your hospitability and kindnesses will not be forgotten. God bless each and every one of you in this your time of sorrow. Love and prayers, Linda

Roy F. Johnson, Jr.
   Posted Wed January 27, 2010
I was very sad to read of John's passing in the Clearwater Progress. I worked for John in the summers of 1957 and 1958 on road survey. He was a fine man, a capable and proficient engineer, and an understanding supervisor. I've never had one any better. Since those summer days I became a chemical engineer and managed chemical manufacturing facilities, but I've always cherished the memories of those summers in the Clearwater National Forest.

Edith Lowell
   Posted Thu February 04, 2010
From a first cousin far away, heartfelt condolences. I am sad to lose John whom I admired and loved and always enjoyed talking with. He was good about coming to see us in AZ. Love, Edith Sykes Lowell

Kelly McCluskey
   Posted Fri February 26, 2010
Mostly I'm ashamed that I couldn't stand up and testify about my giant of a father during the memorial service; I felt a sham, not only because I felt like I could never be the man that Dad was, but for crying out loud, I had taught Public Speaking to university students for the better part of three years, and there I was, immobilized by grief. And there were a lot of things to say, anecdotes being among my favorite memories passed on by my father. The eulogy written by my mother pretty much encompassed his entire personality, but for me retelling Dad's stories would be a more accurate way of portraying him. Key among these stories were the old days, not necessarily the good old days, because he told me once of times where he lived on nickel donuts and coffee, and actually had hunger pains during the day- something that most of us only know from hiking or other self-inflicted situations. There were stories of the lumber camp he worked in, an experience which I only really came to understand when I went to work in Alaska one summer- these sorts of extreme places create camaraderie and lifelong friends- which rings true since apparently the man he felt closest to in the sunset of his life was Spike, who was the camp artist that he got along best with. It was hard for me to stretch my imagination so, but my father in those halcyon days must have been a 'cool cat' in the reckoning of others- this idea I pieced together from the situation and from the tidbits of others, not from anything he ever told me directly. I will miss him for many years to come, I have no doubt, although I count myself extremely lucky, for he very distinctly said goodbye to me the last time we met- something that helped prepare me for the grief. And for me, his sterling life example will be a guiding force for the rest of my life as well. His last gift to me was that of a 'sacred' mission I felt so honored to be chosen by him! of dispensing of his ashes in the place that most spoke of God and the beauty of nature.

Jaekyung Lee
   Posted Thu May 20, 2010
When I heard of John's death, I was shocked, sad, and heartfelt although I know a death is the last destination for everyone. He was my father-in-law, but I felt he was my true father. It was very short time to know him, talk with him, ,,,,and just be with him;however, I know he was a very caring person and full of love. He showed me places nearby Pendleton with explanation. Yes, he was a great tour guide. He could be my life guide as well if I stayed with him. I am crying from my heart.I also felt he was proud of having me as a part of the family. I was very proud of him as well. I wished I could have shared his stories and life. Thank you so much for your love. I hope you rest in peace in heaven.... And I hope you remember me when we meet again in heaven. I love you, dad.

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