PEORIA - Clayton M. Vining, 82, of Morris, formerly of Peoria, passed away on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, only two weeks shy of his 60th wedding anniversary.
His unconditional love and dedication to his wife, Betty; his four children; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren was a gift that we will continue in his memory and realize that no greater gift could have been given to us. Clayton's strong work ethic and business success, though appreciated, was secondary to his devotion to his family.
Clayton married Betty Elaine Hubbard on Feb. 14, 1954, in White Hall, Ill. He had four children, Bruce Hubbard Vining (Rebecca) of Nashville, Tenn., Vicki Ann Geiger (Robert) of Morris, Ill., Deborah Elayne Ryva (Jeffrey) of Morton, Ill., and Jennifer Leigh Lavin (Martin) of Plainfield, Ill.; 14 grandchildren, Jeffrey Geiger (Emily) of Eugene, Ore., Brett Geiger (Justin) of Morris, Ill., Richard Vining (Erin) of Minneapolis, Minn., Hadleigh Vining Branden (Dovid) of Chicago, Ill., Sarah Cannon (Mitchell) of Carbon Hill, Ill., Daniel Ryva (Keli) of Normal, Ill., Brian Lavin of Columbia, Mo., Matthew Vining of Minneapolis, Minn., Nathan Ryva of Morton, Ill., Kelsey Geiger of Chicago, Ill., Kevin Lavin of Plainfield, Ill., Eric Lavin of Plainfield, Ill., Bradley Ryva of Morton, Ill., and Brittany Ryva of Morton, Ill.; and seven great-grandchildren.
Clayton was born on April 18, 1931, in Aberdeen, S.D., the first son of Merle and Edna Vining. Clayton is survived by one brother, Gerald Vining of Grand Haven, Mich. Clayton graduated from Aberdeen South Dakota High School in 1950 and excelled in football, basketball and track. These skills earned Clayton a scholarship to Purdue University. Graduation was accomplished in 1957. The delay was due to Clayton serving his country during the Korean War. Clayton married the love of his life, Betty Hubbard, on Valentine's Day of 1954. His devotion was an example few could mirror.
Clayton worked in dairy management, coast to coast, for Swift, Esmark and Beatrice, currently ConAgra.
Our family will be forever grateful that his success offered the ability to retire to Peoria, Ill., in 1991, allowing so many more wonderful family memories. Clayton and Betty relocated to Morris in 2009, to be close to children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We are thankful for the generosity of what has become home for us these last four years, with not only family, but also our wonderful friends and neighbors.
Visitation for Clayton M. Vining will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 1201 W. Route 6 at Deerpath Drive, Morris, Ill. As it was Clayton's wish, cremation rites will be accorded following the visitation.
Memorials in his name can be made to the Parkinson's Research Foundation.
For information, call (815) 942-5040 or visit www.fredcdames.com.