VeteranRameau “Gene” Clayton

Rameau "Gene" ClaytonRameau Eugene “Gene” Clayton, 87, of Camden died at 9:25 p.m. Nov. 7, 2016, at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Center in Mount Sterling.

He was born Jan. 26, 1929, in Camden Township, Schuyler County, the son of Arnold Allen and Ruby Mae Gabbert Clayton. He married Rita Marie Kassing on Jan. 15, 1951, in Mount Sterling. She preceded him in death on Aug. 26, 2013.

Also preceding him in death were one great-grandson, Griffin Chaney; and one sister, Virginia Clayton.

Surviving are five children, Carolyn (and Jim) Chaney of Mount Sterling, Barb Tolle (and companion Rick Powell) of Camden, Jerry (and Becky) Clayton of Ann Arbor, Mich., Paul Clayton of Beardstown and Dewaine (and Lori) Clayton of Holmen, Wis.; one sister, Beatrice Artis of Camden; 15 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

He graduated from Rushville High School in 1946. After graduation, he worked on the family farm in Camden until he was drafted into the U.S. Army on Jan. 15, 1951. He served in the Korean War and was discharged on Jan. 19, 1953. He returned home after his discharge and made his home in Camden with his wife Rita and his daughter. He farmed for several years. He was a member of Union Local 649 Operating Engineers out of Peoria. For several years he and his wife owned and operated the Camden Café. He was a member of Rushville St. Rose Catholic Church. He was actively involved with the democrat party and served as Camden Township Trustee and precinct committeeman for years.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday at St. Rose Catholic Church in Rushville with Father Anthony Bernas officiating. Burial was in Gray Cemetery near Camden with Military Honors by Schuyler American Legion Post #4 and a U.S. Army Honors Detail. Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. Rose Altar and Rosary Society in Rushville or the Great River Honor Flight.

Condolences may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 11/16/2016


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