RIP – Ranger Joel Cleary

Joel Cleary (1SG US Army Retired)

Joel passed away on March 24, 2020, which is also his birthday. Joel's family was at his side. It should be no surprise that those who knew Joel would give the shirt off his back and if he didn't have one would find it for you. Joel served in the US Military cherishing his service to country. Joel challenged, trained and mentored many soldiers during his time as a Ranger Instructor. Joel served as an admin on this site for over 10 years supporting many Ranger hopefuls who went to become Rangers.

Joel is a great friend, brother, husband, Ranger and will be missed.

On his 62nd birthday, Tuesday, March 24th 2020, Joel Evan Cleary, loving husband and father, passed away.

Joel was born in Massachusetts but raised by his parents John and Ann Cleary in Saint Petersburg, Florida with his sister Lisa. From there, he raised a family of his own with Tracy Dew. They had two children, Johnathan Ross and Andrea Lynn.

Joel had a long and storied 21 year and 9 month career in the United States Army as an Airborne Ranger and then as a Charlotte Police Officer. Joel was very active in the veteran community and touched the lives of many former rangers. He was a known and respected leader but he could also make you laugh with his unforgettable sense of humor. Joel was a very proud American who traveled the world in service to his country and his work will never be forgotten.

Joel was preceded in death by his father, John and his mother, Ann. He is survived by his wife Caroline, his two children, Andrea and John, and his sister Lisa. Joel will be interred at Arlington cemetery in Virginia with service dates to be determined.

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