Celebration of life services for Rev. Neville Clayton, 82, were held at the First Christian Church in Osceloa on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013. Rev. Dr. Al Adams officiating. Interment of the cremains will be at a later date in Cedar Rapids Cemetery. Kale Funeral Homes of Osceola and Truro was in charge of the arrangements.
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Rev. Neville George Clayton, son of George and Ruth Croswell Clayton was born Sept. 12, 1930 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and passed from this life Friday, July 26, 2013 at Afton Care Center at 82 years of age.
He was united in marriage to Marlene Rose Clayton on May 15, 1950 and six children blessed this union.
Neville received his early education in Canada and then attended Alberta Bible College which had an emphasis on Bible, preaching and personal work which influenced his style of ministry for the rest of his life. He graduated in 1951 and began his student ministry. After some convincing from the Regional Minister, Neville and Marlene relocated to Iowa in1957 where Neville attended divinity school at Drake University graduating with a Bachelor of Divinity. Following graduation, Neville and Marlene made a conscious decision to remain in Iowa to follow his ministry.
Neville began in Colfax while a student at Drake and served many other communities including Cedar Rapids, Exira and even in Michigan for two years. He retired from 40 years in the ministry in Osceola which became Neville and Marlene's permanent home. Neville went on to serve the Lord by his interim ministry in many locations. Neville also served his community by being a devoted member of the Clarke County Hospital Board, Clarke County Hospital Auxiliary Board, as a member of Osceola Senior Center Board, and as a member on the Pillars Foundation.
He also enjoyed fishing and being outdoors, quilting, reading, nurturing his African violets, spending time with his grandchildren and he especially enjoyed serving his church and the many parishioners over the years.
Those relatives who preceded Neville in death were his parents; son, Dean Clayton; daughters, Joyce Clayton, Valerie Clayton and Shelly Stokley, brother, Melvin Clayton and sister, Enes Steil
Neville leaves to cherish his memory; wife, Marlene of Osceola; son, Anthony Clayton and his wife Sheila of Youngstown, Ohio; daughter, Faith Beltz of Vinton; daughter-in-law, Rachel Clayton of Cedar Rapids; son-in-law, Clayton Stokley of Indianapolis, Ind.; grandchildren, Brooke Clayton of Michigan; Michael Beltz of Fort Dodge; Dustin Clayton of Youngstown, Ohio; Jackie and Shelby Clayton of Cedar Rapids as well as other relatives and many friends.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Aug. 23 to Aug. 30, 2013