Charles Clayton II|
Charles Frederick Clayton II, 89, of Lebanon, Ill., born Feb. 27, 1927, in Glenarm, Ill., died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at Memorial Hospital East, O'Fallon, Ill.
Charlie was drafted into the U.S. Navy in 1944, and served 2 years on Guam. He graduated from Millikin University in 1951, and began a lifelong career as a salesman in the roofing industry. He retired from Crown C Supply at the age of 85. Even after retiring, Charlie's lunch dates with his customers and colleagues continued as they were a source of great conversation and friendships.
He enjoyed so much in life, including mowing the grass, fishing in Canada, being frugal, Friday night poker parties, listening to jazz, and above all hosting Sunday dinners with his family and friends.
Charlie never had a bad day, and his positive spirit will be remembered by his grandchildren, John, Tommy, Paul, Sarah, Samantha, Charles IV and Kelly.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Vila, nee Harper, Clayton; and his wife, Sally Clayton, nee Pfeffer, whom he married in May 1955.
Surviving are his daughter, Ann (Tom) Pilackas of Lebanon, Ill.; and sons, Tom (Krista) Clayton of Alton, Ill., Charles Frederick (Korina) Clayton III of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Dennis (Mary) Gathard of Seattle, Wash.
Memorials may be made to Lebanon Education Foundation.
Visitation: Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Lebanon, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral service will be held at noon Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at St. Paul United Church of Christ with Rev. Dr. Donald Wagner, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be at a later date.
MEYER FUNERAL HOME, Lebanon, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Sept. 15, 2016