Dennis L. Clayton, 68, of O'Fallon, Ill., born Dec. 16, 1947, in Belleville, Ill., died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
Mr. Clayton was a co-owner and operator of Flowers by Artiste De Fleur Inc. in Belleville, Ill. He was a past president of the Fairview Heights Optimist Club and a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, Ill. Dennis was an avid gardener who took pride in his home and yard and was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James R. and Ruth V., nee Dawson, Clayton; a brother, Terry Clayton; and a daughter, Ruth Ullman-Frazier.
Surviving are his wife of 22 years, Cheryl A., nee Calendine, Clayton, whom he married on May 23, 1993, at Lake Tahoe, Nev.; four children, Michael (Deborah) Ullman of Overland, Mo., Angela (Christopher) Kreher of Belleville, Ill., Eric (Jennifer) Clayton of Edwardsville, Ill., and Anne-Marie (Joshua) Craig of Thetford, United Kingdom.; six grandchildren, Dylan Ullman, Kayleigh Kreher, Cole Kreher, Maximus Clayton, Kathryn Clayton, and Jessica Kallmbah-Ullman; his beloved dog, Elle-Mae; and many close friends.
Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society or to the
. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill., with Rev. Brian Downs officiating. Burial will follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, Ill.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Jan. 12, 2016