On November 4, 1932, Clayton was born on his home farm in Sunrise Township to Clarence and Cora Humble. He attended Hawkinson School for eight years then completed school in North Branch, playing football and running track.
Clayton met his future wife, Vonna Lou Chartier, in July of 1950 and they were married on June 4, 1955 in Minneapolis. They lived in the Minneapolis area for 39 years and moved back to the home farm in 1995.
From March of 1953 to March of 1955, Clayton served in the United States Army, spending 18 months in Germany. His brother Weldon was also stationed in Germany at the same time and they had the opportunity to tour part of Europe together during a furlough.
Clayton worked at the General Motors parts warehouses in Minneapolis and Edina for 30 years – retiring in 1989. For most of this time, he lived in Brooklyn Park, where he and Vonna raised their three boys – Steve, Brian, and Perry.
One of Clayton’s fondest memories was of the time he spent coaching Perry’s baseball team to three consecutive championships.
After retirement, Clayton and Vonna moved to a new home on the family farm where they thoroughly enjoyed the past 17 years. Much of this time was spent in daily morning visits to McDonald’s or Burger King to enjoy breakfast and coffee with friends, Monday/Thursday senior bowling league, and many evenings attending the North Branch High School boys and girls basketball games.
Clayton was an avid hunter, fisherman, and gardener. The proof of his hunting and fishing skill can be seen throughout his home in photographs and taxidermy of many of his favorite catches/kills.
His gardening skill provided many meals for family and friends throughout the years.
He also greatly enjoyed the experience of being a grandfather. Clayton and Vonna attended many of their grandkids’ sports, music, dance and other school events as they grew. He took great pride in their accomplishments, especially their hunting and fishing successes.
His final hours were spent walking on the home farm property he loved – trying to remove gophers from the alfalfa field.
He passed away while resting in an old goose blind he had constructed many years earlier near the edge of the field.
Clayton is preceded in death by parents Clarence and Cora Humble; brothers Weldon and Jerry.
He is survived by wife of 56 years, Vonna; sons Steve (Rita), Brian (Teresa) and Perry (Sue); grandchildren Carrie (Joe) Briese, Jill, Kim, Alice, Matt, and Zakry; many other relatives and friends.
Visitation 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch and one hour prior to service at church.
Funeral Service 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch.
Interment at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in North Branch. Condolences may be left online at www.grandstrandfh.com.