January 4, 2007

(4/22/1948 12/26/2006)

John Delbert Clayton, 58, of Downing, MO, passed away on December 26, 2006, at the Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis, MO.

The son of Forest Alvie and Erma Alberta (Wilson) Clayton, he was born on April 22, 1948, in Iowa City, IA.

After high school graduation, he joined the United States Navy. Following the time he spent in the Navy, he was employed as road truck driver and worked for various trucking companies during this career.

On December 31, 1999, he was united in marriage to Kathleen Ann Powell at the Downing Community Christian Church in Downing, MO.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Ann Clayton of Downing, MO; four children, Daryell Lee Clayton and wife, Carol of Muscatine, IA, David Rife and wife, Patty of Iowa City, IA, Nancy Briggs and husband, Steven of Unionville, MO, and Jennifer Smith and husband, Richard of Downing, MO; one stepson, Brian Scott Powell of Wapello, IA; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; three sisters, Patsy Johnson of Muscatine, IA, Shirley Phillips of Moline, IL, and Minnie Laymon and husband, Raymond of Wapello, IA; one brother, Forest Clayton and wife, Mary of Wappello, IA; and one sister-in-law, June Clayton of Letts, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding John in death include his parents; six sisters, Forestine, Martha, Doris, Elaine, Lola and Nancy; one brother, Ralph (Bud) Clayton and several nieces and nephews.

John was a member of the First Christian Church of Wapello, IA.

Graveside services were held on December 29, 2006, at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, MO, with Larry Smith, pastor of the Downing Christian Church officiating. Memorials have been established for the family. Arrangements were under the direction of Norman Funeral Home of Lancaster and Downing, MO.

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