Vietnam Era vet – killed by a Marquette County Deputy

 

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By Greg Peterson

(Newberry, MI) – He was an elderly vet, retired logger who suffered back pain, grizzled outdoorsman with a rugged beard, loved hunting and fishing, spent hours reading old Westerns, would do anything to help anybody, was an avid antique collector, was shot and killed in standoff with police, and his family needs your help paying for costs of his death including cremation and a memorial service this Friday.

Clifford Tucker68-year-old U.S. Amy veteran Clifford Leroy Tucker served his country during the “Vietnam era.”

A Newberry, MI native, Tucker told neighbors he suffered unimaginable back pain due to decades of logging. Neighbors said the elderly man shared his residence with his grandson.

Clifford Tucker 4 with grandson gofundme page

He was shot and killed by police while in a psychotic break due to the terrible pain that made life not worth living. His family spent the next weeks clearing out his vacant home of personal belongings – a haunting reminder of a man’s life ended because he couldn’t bear the miserable pain of decades of logging.

A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. this Friday (June 24, 2016) at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Newberry followed by a luncheon.

The U.P. Funeral Honors Team will provide respectful military honors

A GoFundMe page has been set up by a friend for the family

Jake Van Effen set up a GoFundMe page to help the family defray costs of the heart-wrenching wrapping up the life of their beloved father and grandfather.

The beneficiary of the campaign is Donald Tucker, grandson of the cop shooting victim

https://www.gofundme.com/28txzbg

Memorial considerations may be directed to a fund for Clifford’s grandchildren established at the First National Bank of St. Ignace- Newberry office, 1014 Newberry Ave. Newberry, MI 49868.

Cliff left behind his son Scott (Heather) and three beloved grandchildren,” the GoFundMe page states. “Cliff was an avid hunter and fisherman and had a great passion for collecting antiques and reading Old Westerns.”

“Knowing Cliff, personally, he would do anything for anyone if they needed help,” the public fundraising page from his friend states. “Whether your car didn’t start, or if you had a flat tire, or maybe you just had a bad day and needed someone to talk to, well he was always there.”

This fund has been set up to donate to funeral/cremation donations for Clifford’s son Scott (Heather) and grandchildren. Every little bit will help and would be greatly appreciated.

Shooting Victim Freeze Frames 3

Tucker “was passionate for the outdoors” and enjoyed hunting and fishing. A nice boat sat in his driveway at the moment of his death. Tucker was armed with a shotgun when killed by a cop, police say.

He was a member of the John T. Bouchard 3701 Fraternal Order of the Eagles of Newberry.

Thurs., June 9, 2016.

Suicide by cop – Marquette County Deputy Keith Romback:

During a standoff with a shotgun in his residence at 245 Silver St. in Ishpeming Township, MI, 68-year-old Clifford LeRoy Tucker was shot four times by Marquette County Deputy Keith Romback.

Officials say Tucker threatened Romback with the shotgun during the incident on June 9, 2016 in Ishpeming Township.

Memorial services

Clifford Leroy Tucker

Ishpeming Twp. MI

Newberry native
(Jan. 26, 1948 – June 9, 2016)

http://www.newberry-news.com/news/2016-06-15/Obituaries/Clifford_Leroy_Tucker.html

Clifford was born on January 26, 1948 and passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2016.

Clifford was born January 26, 1948 in Munising to Viola (Sevarns) and the late Leslie Leroy Tucker.

Clifford was a resident of Ishpeming Township, Michigan at the time of his passing.

Clifford served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam era.

A memorial service will be held 3:00pm on Friday June 24 2016 at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Newberry. Military honors will be accorded by the U.P. Funeral Honors Team. A luncheon will be held following the service.

Jake Van Effen set up a GoFundMe page to help the family defray costs of the heart-wrenching wrapping up the life of their beloved father and grandfather.

The beneficiary of this campaign is Donald Tucker, relative of cop shooting victim

https://www.gofundme.com/28txzbg

Clifford Tucker, 68 years old, died unexpectedly on June 9, 2016. Cliff left behind his son Scott (Heather) and three beloved grandchildren. Cliff was an avid hunter and fisherman and had a great passion for collecting antiques and reading Old Westerns. Knowing Cliff, personally, he would do anything for anyone if they needed help.

Whether your car didn’t start, or if you had a flat tire, or maybe you just had a bad day and needed someone to talk to, well he was always there. Clifford is also a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.

This fund has been set up to donate to funeral/cremation donations for Clifford’s son Scott (Heather) and Grandchildren. Every little bit will help and would be greatly appreciated. Please donate if you are able! Thank you!

Memorial considerations may be directed to a fund for Clifford’s grandchildren established at the First National Bank of St. Ignace- Newberry office, 1014 Newberry Ave. Newberry, MI 49868.


Clifford is survived by a son Scott (Heather Donato) Tucker of Ishpeming, his mother Viola Troop of Newberry, 3 grandchildren, Owen, Hunter and Hailey Tucker, sisters & brothers: Chris Thompson and Patty Shocinski both of Mesa, AZ Danny (Dorothy) Troop, Ernie (Liz) Troop both of Newberry, Jerry Troop of Texas, Helen (Ervin) Schroder of New Braunfels, TX, Cindy and Ann, and an uncle Roger (Florence) Sevarns of Newberry, along with many nieces and nephews. Clifford was preceded in death by his father, his wife Patricia Tucker, a sister Laura and a brother Tim Troop.

A memorial service will be held 3:00pm on Friday June 24, 2016 at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Newberry. Military honors will be accorded by the U.P. Funeral Honors Team. A luncheon will be held following the service.

Clifford’s obituary may be viewed at bjorkandzhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance

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