VeteranJames Clayton

James ClaytonJames T. “J.T.” Clayton, 70, of Rushville died at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 6, 2010, at Culbertson Long Term Care Facility in Rushville.

He was born Sept. 20, 1939, in Camden Township, Schuyler County, a son of Marvin and Maxine McQuaid Clayton. He married Pat Redshaw on Oct. 7, 1962, in Rushville. She survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Chris (and Pam) Clayton and Andy Clayton, both of Rushville and Corey (and Sherri) Clayton of Sherman; one brother, Charles (and Marti) Clayton of Camden; one sister, Cheryl (and Myrel) Allen of Camden; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, Jordan Christopher Clayton; and one niece, Loy Clayton.

He served in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1963 to 1969.

He farmed all of his life in Rushville and for a short time worked at Schuyler FS in Rushville.

He was a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Schuyler American Legion Post #4, Rushville Moose Lodge #506, Schuyler County Farm Bureau and Rushville Flying Club.

In 1989, he was named Master Farmer by the Schuyler Ag Day Committee. In the 1970s, he was influential in starting the tractor pull at Schuyler County Fair that continues today.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Wood Funeral Home in Rushville with Rev. John Sowers officiating. Burial will follow in Rushville City Cemetery with military rites conducted by U.S. Army National Guard and Schuyler American Legion Post #4.

Memorials may be made to Schuyler County Humane Society or Culbertson Long Term Care Facility.

Condolences may be sent to www.woodfh.net.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 2/10/2010