Joseph S. Clatchey Jr., 55, Air Force sergeant

February 09, 2004

Joseph S. Clatchey Jr., a retired senior Air Force sergeant, died of cancer Thursday at Reston Hospital Center in Virginia. The Herndon, Va., resident was 55.

Born in Northeast Baltimore, he graduated in 1967 from Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School.

He enlisted in the Air Force in 1968 and served for almost 30 years, achieving the rank of chief master sergeant, said his wife, the former Susan Cormack-Krause of Herndon, Va., whom he married this year.

He spent three years in Thailand during the Vietnam War and later served overseas during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He was given several decorations for meritorious service, including two presidential unit citations, his wife said.

Sergeant Clatchey earned an associate's degree in aircraft maintenance technology in 1985 from the Community College of the Air Force and a bachelor of arts degree from Wilmington College in Delaware in 1986. He had been studying for a master's degree in human resources.

After retiring from the Air Force, he worked as a service adviser at several new car dealerships in South Carolina and for the last year was an independent contractor with the CIA, his wife said.

His marriage to Barbara Gray ended in divorce in 1982.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. March 31 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Herndon, Va., followed by internment in Arlington National Cemetery.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Allyson Clatchey of Baltimore; a son, David Clatchey of Baltimore; a brother, Larry Clatchey of Baltimore; and five sisters, Pat Johnson of Sebring, Fla., and Margie Pezzica, Mary Edmonds, Terry Clatchey and Ann Clatchey, all of Baltimore.

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