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Obituary: Gerald Clayton, Columbus

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Wyndham Place North

Gerald H. Clayton, 81, of Wyndham Place North, died at 11:20 p.m. Friday, August 2, 2013 at Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis.

Mr. Clayton was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict and earned the rank of Airman First Class. He was honorably discharged December 10, 1954.

He graduated from Valparaiso Technical Institute. He retired from Cummins Cumberland Inc. where he managed sales of standby power generators.

Mr. Clayton was a member of Sandy Hook United Methodist Church. An airplane and flying enthusiast, he was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and the United Flying Octogenarians, built his own airplane, and was an active volunteer at the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum.

Gerald Clayton recently completed an autobiography titled, My Memories - Infancy to Eighty.

He was an inventor and keenly interested in learning new things. Gerald loved his family and the time he spent with them. He especially enjoyed telling stories from his youth and was quick to tell a joke to make people laugh.

The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street with John Sichting of New Hope Christian and the Rev. Steve Russell of Sandy Hook United Methodist officiating.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday.

Burial will be at Flat Rock Baptist Cemetery. Full military rites will be presented by the U.S. Air Force Ceremonial Unit and the Bartholomew County Veterans Color Guard.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum Gallery Expansion.

Online condolences may be sent to the Clayton family at

Born in Jacksonville, Illinois on January 2, 1932, Gerald was the son of Herbert Henry and May Angeline Clayton. He married the love of his life, Betty Ruth Twyford on January 3, 1952.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years; children, Garry (Anne) Clayton of Columbus, Sally (David) Fiesbeck of Edinburgh, Peggy Clayton of Hungary, Penny (Howard) Fullmer of Orlando, Fla., and Jeffrey (Jennifer) Clayton of Louisville, Ky.; 14 grandchildren as well as great-grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn (Carroll) Hoover of Pittsfield, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Betty Lee Clayton of Nortonville, Ill., and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Clayton was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Edwin Clayton.

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