Clayton T. Cheever, father, grandfather, and life partner, passed away peacefully on April 22, 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Clayton was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, on August 28, 1931, the youngest of three sons born to Evelyn and Hubert Cheever. After graduating from high school, Clayton served briefly in the U.S. Marines before being medically discharged. Clayton then began working for Westland Theatres in Lincoln as an usher and doorman. Clayton eventually attained a management position in Lincoln at the State Theatre. Clayton rapidly grew through management positions of Westland Theatres where he managed and opened theatres in Grand Junction, Colorado, Pueblo, and Colorado Springs where he became the General Manager of the company. After leaving Westland Theatres, Clayton started and grew to success, Aircadia Distribution, distributing Coca-Cola products and restaurant supplies to accounts throughout the U.S. Family, friends and dogs were very important in Clayton's life. Before becoming ill, He loved to travel and go on cruises with his friends and family. Clayton leaves behind five children: Rick (Patricia), Terri (Gordon), Gari (Evelyn), Emerson, and Cindy; twelve grandchildren, and one great-grandchild; a brother, Clifford Cheever; and a life partner, Kay Morris. A Celebration of Life memorial will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on April 29, 2013 at Swan Law Funeral Directors, 501 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs. A private internment will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Colorado Springs Humane Society, Colorado Springs, Colorado, or to Pikes Peak Hospice. Special thanks go to the Pikes Peak Hospice for their kindness and very attentive care to Clayton in his last days.
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Published in The Gazette on Apr. 28, 2013