OBITUARY

Ricky McClung

November 16, 1951March 4, 2019
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Ricky Brock McClung, 67, passed away March 4, 2019 peacefully in his home with family by his side. Ricky was born November 16, 1951, in Vernon, Texas, to Thomas Odis (T.O.) and Edna Brock McClung. He graduated from Vernon High School in 1969. He attended the University of Texas in Austin and graduated with Bachelor of Liberal Arts, with a major in history and a minor in English. Ricky worked at the Texas Department of Public Safety as a dispatcher for the highway patrol, where he met his wife, Barbara Ann Callen. In his pursuit of a Master’s degree, he could no longer deny his desire to fly and made the decision to enlist in the United States Navy in November 1976. Ricky completed basic training in Pensacola, Florida, and was stationed at Naval Air Station Miramar, San Diego, California, to begin his career as a Naval Radar Intercept Officer flying in the F14 Tomcat. He asked Barbara to join him in this adventure and they married in 1978, and they just recently celebrated their 41 wedding anniversary. Barbara and Ricky resided in San Diego, California during his career. Ricky completed several deployments aboard the aircraft carriers USS American and USS Constellation. He attended Navy Fighter Weapons School “Topscope”. During his military career he was decorated many times for his courageousness. He received the Meritorious Service Medal, Combat ÒVÓ Air Metal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement medal, Navy Battle ÒEÓ ribbon, Navy Expeditionary medal, National Defense Service medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary medal, Southwest Asia Service medal, Sea Service Deployment ribbon, Navy Recruiting Ribbon, a Kuwait Liberation Medal, an Expert Pistol Shot Medal, and Gold Wreath Awards. He was proud to use his experience and training to serve in Desert Storm in the Iraq war. Ricky’s military career included education as a Combat Information Center Officer, NTDS Data Utilization, Tactical Action Officer, Staff Tactical Watch Officer, Strike Leader Attack Training, Army Command and General Staff College, Army Strategist Program, Navsup Officer, Senior Officer in Military Justice and Administrative Law, and Recruiting Officer Management. Ricky retired from the Navy in August 1994, and he and his wife Barbara settled down in Bedford, Texas, to begin his second career. He worked for Kitty Hawk Air Cargo, Southwest Airlines, and Dallas Fort Worth Airport. His father, T.O. McClung, mother, Edna Brock McClung, and brother Thomas McClung, predeceased Ricky. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, sister Tanna Brock, nephew Brett McClung, niece Megan (Meg) McClung Phillips, and three great nieces, Madison McClung, Mackenzie McClung, and Beth Phillips, and one great nephew, Liam Phillips. A Funeral Service will be at 12:30 pm on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home Chapel, 5725 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville, TX 75034. A Cemetery Committal will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Chico, TX at 3:00 pm later that afternoon. The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to your favorite charity.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, March 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 7, 2019
  • Committal Service Thursday, March 7, 2019
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Michael Sidrow

March 7, 2019

For a brief period during the late 1970’s, I was privileged to meet and get to know LTJG Brock McClung, a fellow Black Lion and USS AMERICA shipmate. One of my clearest and fondest memories of Brock was his ability to turn the everyday mundane into an occasion that celebrated our camaraderie, strengthened friendships and left all of us feeling a little better. And, during our 1979 Mediterranean Cruise, he practiced this fine craft expertly and frequently. A glimpse into just how well he did it is captured in the photographs below---always surrounded by his roommates and wearing the biggest smile. Well done, Brock!

Vicky Vogel

March 6, 2019

I just read Ricky's obituary. What a great and fitting tribute. So many military honors!!
I'm thankful I was able to meet up with Ricky and Barb on a couple trips to Dallas in recent years. We are crazy sports fans too! You know what my dad (Ricky's cousin Lynn McClung) said - we always cheer for Texas sports. Unless they are playing the Sooners. I am so proud of my Texas/Oklahoma roots. Dad's monument at Pleasant Grove might not be placed yet due to lots of bad weather. It is finished, and beautiful. It will be right there where Dad wanted it, next to Granny Pearl and PawPaw Squirrely. I like that we decided to put on it: Texas - Oklahoma - California.
Love you all! I'm sorry I cannot be there in Texas with you tomorrow. You are in my heart and in my prayers.
God bless - -
Love,
Vicky McClung Vogel and Michael Vogel

Thomas Finta

March 6, 2019

I made a deployment with Ricky Brock on the USS America in 1981! The memories that stand out most are those that both he and Barb brought to the Squadron! As I now live in Texas I better understand that Texan are different! The McClungs warmth, love of life, love of country and family were infectious! I don’t remember ever seeing Brock without a smile on his face! One of those fantastic young aviators his love of flying was always evident! My heartfelt condolences to Barb, his family and his many friends!
Tom Finta

Deborah Sullivan

March 6, 2019

Prayers for Ricky’s family. I remember him fondly, having grown up In Vernon and attending school with Ricky. He was always so sweet and smiling, with a strength of character and dedication to his goals that was unique.
He will be missed by all who knew him.

Peace in Christ,
Deborah Sullivan

Timothy Prendergast

March 6, 2019

One memory that still makes me smile took place onboard USS AMERICA on one of our cruises in the VF-213 Black Lions. The Executive Officer of the ship called all officers to the wardroom (officer's dining area) to explain that the Officer's Mess had lost a lot of money and the wardroom would begin issuing portion-controlled, single-serving meals instead of the usual "all-you-could eat" buffet line. Well, like any good Texas boy and Longhorn, Rick stood up and took exception to this plan as only Rick could:

"Sir, with respect, I like fried chicken. Whenever I eat fried chicken, I've always eaten four...FOUR pieces of fried chicken...always did and always will and I think not getting my FOUR pieces is just WRONG!!!"

Maybe you had to be there, but I'm guessing that his family will recognize this side of Rick. :)

Tomothy Prendergast

March 6, 2019

It isn't bragging if you've done it, and Rick McClung did it all...in peace and in war. I was proud to have shared several of his flying years with him, and our friendship ever since.

Timothy Prendergast

March 6, 2019

Best of luck on your final flight, Brock...you're cleared for unrestricted climb!

Timothy Prendergast

March 6, 2019

A final salute to Rick "Brock" McClung, from his Black Lion squadron mates of Fighter Squadron 213. (Brock is kneeling, 3rd from right)

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Biography

 Ricky Brock McClung, 67, passed away March 4, 2018 peacefully in his home with family by his side.
Ricky was born November 16, 1951, in Vernon, Texas, to Thomas Odis (T.O.) and Edna Brock McClung. He graduated from Vernon High School in 1969. He attended the University of Texas in Austin and graduated with Bachelor of Liberal Arts, with a major in history and a minor in English.
Ricky worked at the Texas Department of Public Safety as a dispatcher for the highway patrol, where he met his wife, Barbara Ann Callen. In his pursuit of a Master’s degree, he could no longer deny his desire to fly and made the decision to enlist in the United States Navy in November 1976.
Ricky completed basic training in Pensacola, Florida, and was stationed at Naval Air Station Miramar, San Diego, California, to begin his career as a Naval Radar Intercept Officer flying in the F14 Tomcat. He asked Barbara to join him in this adventure and they married in 1978, and they just recently celebrated their 41 wedding anniversary.
Barbara and Ricky resided in San Diego, California during his career. Ricky completed several deployments aboard the aircraft carriers USS American and USS Constellation. He attended Navy Fighter Weapons School “Topscope”. During his military career he was decorated many times for his courageousness. He received the Meritorious Service Medal, Combat ÒVÓ Air Metal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement medal, Navy Battle ÒEÓ ribbon, Navy Expeditionary medal, National Defense Service medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary medal, Southwest Asia Service medal, Sea Service Deployment ribbon, Navy Recruiting Ribbon, a Kuwait Liberation Medal, an Expert Pistol Shot Medal, and Gold Wreath Awards. He was proud to use his experience and training to serve in Desert Storm in the Iraq war.
Ricky’s military career included education as a Combat Information Center Officer, NTDS Data Utilization, Tactical Action Officer, Staff Tactical Watch Officer, Strike Leader Attack Training, Army Command and General Staff College, Army Strategist Program, Navsup Officer, Senior Officer in Military Justice and Administrative Law, and Recruiting Officer Management.
Ricky retired from the Navy in August 1994, and he and his wife Barbara settled down in Bedford, Texas, to begin his second career. He worked for Kitty Hawk Air Cargo, Southwest Airlines, and Dallas Fort Worth Airport.
His father, T.O. McClung, mother, Edna Brock McClung, and brother Thomas McClung, predeceased Ricky. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, sister Tanna Brock, nephew Brett McClung, niece Megan (Meg) McClung Phillips, and three great nieces, Madison McClung, Mackenzie McClung, and Beth Phillips, and one great nephew, Liam Phillips.
A Funeral Service will be at 12:30 pm on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home Chapel, 5725 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville, TX 75034. A Cemetery Committal will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Chico, TX at 3:00 pm later that afternoon. The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to your favorite charity.