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Neale A. Clayton Sr.

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OTIS, Mass. -- Neale A. Clayton Sr., 75, of 367 West Center Road in Otis, died Saturday at the Geer Nursing and Rehab Center in Canaan, Conn. He was born in East Dorset, Vt., on Feb. 15, 1932, the son of Edwin L. and Irene Hazelton Clayton, and was a 1950 graduate of Burr and Burton Seminary in Manchester, Vt.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from 1950 to 1954 serving aboard the submarine U.S. Flying Fish 229.

After the service he entered the General Electric apprentice tool maker program in Pittsfield, where he worked for 38 years retiring in 1992 as a Manufacturing Engineer.

He was a member of Hope Advent Christian Church in Lenox, a member of the Greenock Country Club in Lee where he was a member of its Wednesday morning senior league. He was also a member of the bridge club at the Italian American Club in Pittsfield. He enjoyed reading, traveling and carpentry.

He leaves his wife, the former Barbara Gleason, whom he married Oct. 5, 1991. His first wife, the former Audrey Brown, died Dec. 12, 1988.

He also leaves three sons: Sgt. First Class Neale A. Clayton Jr. with the U.S. Army stationed in Afghanistan, Carey L. Clayton of St. Johns, Ariz., and Toby L. Clayton of Milner, Ga.; two stepsons: Raymond S. Utenis of Otis and Richard S. Utenis of Winchester Center, Conn.; five daughters: Joan A. Johnson of Pittsfield, Luann Vermes of West Springfield, Mary I. Both of Elizabeth, Penn., Trudy J. Clayton of Marietta, Ga. and Jodie M. Clayton of Pittsfield; five brothers, Kenneth Clayton of Shirley, Alford Clayton and Arnold Clayton of Arlington, Vt., Jerold Clayton of North Bennington, Vt., and Richard Clayton of Clarksburg W. Va.; two sisters: Ethel McWayne-Greene of Benson, Vt. and Janice Bruce of Little Falls, N.Y.; 17 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was pre-deceased by two sons, Edwin and Baby Boy.

The funeral for Neale A. Clayton will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Hope Church in Lenox. Burial will be in the spring in the Otis Cemetery. Visiting hours at the Kelly Funeral Home will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations to Hope Church or to Alzheimer’s Disease Research in care of the Kelly Funeral Home, 3 Main St., Lee, MA 01238.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 29, 2008
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