Austintown – There will be a funeral service held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4221 Market St., Boardman, for Eric James Clausen Jr., 35, of Austintown, who peacefully crossed over into eternal life on Sunday evening, June 10, 2018 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center with his loving family by his side.
Eric will always be remembered and loved by his family and friends for his contagious smile, sense of humor and generosity. Once you met Eric he left a lasting impression on everyone.
He was born January 26, 1983 in Youngstown, the son of Eric Clausen Sr. and Kimberly Kent and was a lifelong area resident.
Eric was a 2001 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School and a member of the American Legion.
Eric proudly heard the call of his country and enlisted in the United States Air Force to defend the freedoms we live under today. He proudly served for 11 years and during that time was stationed for 3 years in England and served 2 tours of duty in Afghanistan before returning to the United States being stationed in Arizona. He earned the rank of Staff Sergeant and earned the following decorations and citations for his service; the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Meritorious Unit Award with 1 oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 2 oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, with 2 oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 4 service stars and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Eric had many passions throughout his life. He enjoyed listening to music and being outdoors, but he especially loved being a father and spending time with his children. He was also a huge sports fan always rooting on his favorite teams the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Cavaliers and The Ohio State Buckeyes.
He leaves behind to hold onto his precious memories his wife the former Elizabeth M. Hacon whom he married October 3, 2017, a daughter Adalynn, three step children Vanessa, Kenneth and Kinsleigh, his mother whom he had a special bond with Kimberly (Jack) Miller of Austintown, his father Eric Sr. (Shirley) Clausen of Youngstown, a brother Brandon Clausen of Youngstown, a sister Jamie Clausen of Youngstown, grandparents John (Carol) Gordon and grandmother Mary Miller along with a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Eric was preceded in death by his grandparents Clement (Margaret) Clausen and grandfathers Merel Kent, Leroy Ramsey and Jack Miller.
Family and friends may pay their respects on Friday, June 15, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and again on Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. until 10:20 at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4221 Market St., Boardman
Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery, Youngstown with military honors provided by the great men and women of the United States Air Force.
In lieu of flowers material contributions may be made in Eric’s name to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY, 10004
Family and friends may visit www.rossisantuccifh.com. to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to Eric’s family
Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund
26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York NY 10004