STERLING — Joe R. Clayton Sr., 84, died Jan. 30 at Rice County District Hospital in Lyons. He was born Sept. 20, 1929, at Gatewood, Mo., the son of John and Myrtle Cleo Brown Clayton. He married Maryann Marmul on Sept. 20, 1954, in Arkansas. A resident of Sterling for 60 years, he was a road maintenance operator for Atlanta Township and most recently Victoria Township in Rice County.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; two sons, John and Marlene Clayton of Ellinwood, and Joe R. Clayton Jr. and Larry D. Schneider of Grand Junction, Colo.; a daughter, Elaine Kapelanski of West Bloomfield, Mich.; a brother, David Clayton of Naylor, Mo.; five grandchildren, Alex Clayton, Hannah Clayton, Maggie Vinduska, Joseph and Keri Vinduska, and Michael Vinduska; and one great-granddaughter, Emery Vinduska. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Martin and John Clayton Jr.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at Birzer Funeral Home in Sterling with the Rev. Robert Friesen officiating. Burial will be at Raymond Hilltop Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Sterling Public Library.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Birzer Funeral Home*
203 N. 7th; P.O. Box 262
Sterling, KS 67579
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 31, 2014