CALCIUM, NY, US
SGT, TROOP B, 1ST SQDN, 33RD CAV REGT, 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION, FORT CAMP, KY
08/07/2009, SALERNO HOSPITAL, AFGHANISTAN
Sergeant Erick J. Klusacek, 22, of the Bonney Road, died Tuesday, June 8, in Afghanistan of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Born Jan. 2, 1988, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, the son of Ronald E. and Sheila D. Bagnell Klusacek, he graduated from General Brown Central High School.
He entered the Army in May 2007 and served proudly as a Cavalry Scout in both Iraq and Afghanistan where he was currently deployed. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.
Erick married Amber L. Shannon on Sept. 28, 2007, in Alexandria Bay.
Surviving are his wife, Amber; a daughter, Makella L. Klusacek, Glen Park; his parents, Ronald and Sheila Klusacek, Watertown; three brothers and a sister-in-law, Kris and Tiffany Klusacek, Fort Campbell, Kentycky, Kyle T. Klusacek and Nick T. Klusacek, both at home; his paternal grandparents, George and Gerry Camp, Little Rock, Ark.; maternal grandparents, John and Sigrid Bagnell, Palm Bay, Fla.; and several aunts and uncles and cousins also survive; a niece, Sabrina Klusacek, Ft. Campbell, Ky.; and his mother-in-law, Tina Shannon, Glen Park.
He 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.