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Kenneth Randall Clayton

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Kenneth R. Clayton

1909-2013 EAST MONTPELIER Kenneth Randall Clayton, formerly of Bennington, died Monday morning, October 21, 2013 at his home, an apartment adjoining the home of his daughter and son-in-law in East Montpelier. Ken was pleased to have lived nearly 105 years, and he had remained active and independent until his last few months. He took daily walks, helped with yard work, and spent many hours putting together jigsaw puzzles. He was a Red Sox fan and wouldn't miss a televised game if he could help it. Born in South Londonderry on January 21, 1909, he was the son of Osro R. and Helen (Lawrence) Clayton. The family moved to Bennington in the fall of 1918. Ken graduated from Bennington High School in 1926 and was employed by County National Bank in September of 1926. He married Nancy Sibley on August 15, 1931. They continued to live in Bennington until they moved to East Montpelier in 2002. Ken worked in various positions at County National Bank, and was appointed President in 1955. He received a degree from the American Bankers' Association Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University in 1953. He was active in the Vermont Bankers' Association and was president of that organization in 1961. He retired from the bank in February of 1973. Ken was also active in civic affairs and held elective positions in Bennington Village and School District. He was predeceased by his wife of 73 years in 2004 and his brother and sister. Ken is survived by his son, K. Putnam Clayton and his wife, Susan; and his daughter, Barbara Ploof, and her husband, Allen, all of East Montpelier; four grandchildren, Randall Ploof of Roanoke, Virginia, William Ploof and his wife Mary Bouchard of Wilder, Vermont, Richard Clayton and his wife Brandy of East Montpelier, and Katherine Clayton of St. Paul, Minnesota; and four great-grandchildren, Kylee, Quinton, Dylan, and Trevor Clayton all of East Montpelier. FUNERAL NOTICE: A graveside service for Kenneth will be held Saturday, October 26 at 2:30 p.m. at the Sibley Family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington. The Rev, Mary Lee-Clark, pastor of the Second Congregational Church, will officiate. Following the service friends may greet the family back at the church on Hillside Street. Should friends desire, gifts in Ken's name may be made to the in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, PO Box 957, Bennington, VT 05201. For directions or to send e-mail condolences to the Clayton Family please visit www.sheafuneral-homes,com or mail directly to the Clayton Family at 255 Barnes Rd., Montpelier, VT 05602.


Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 23, 2013
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