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James Morris Claycamp, 93, of Seymour, passed away at the Lutheran Community Home in Seymour on Friday, December 13, 2013.
He was born February 3, 1920, in Seymour, the son of Fred W. and Matilda Mellenbruch Claycamp. James was married to Verna M. Schroer on October 4, 1942 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Seymour. She preceded him in death on November 17, 2008. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army for three years with the 355th U. S. Engineer Regiment. James was awarded five Battle Stars for his participation in five battle campaigns. He was a carpenter for 40 years, retiring from Force Construction in 1982.
James and his wife were charter members of Zion Lutheran Church in Seymour, where he served on the Building Committee, Board of Trustees, Christian Education Board and Church Properties Committee. He was a member of Carpenter Union #1775 for 63 years.
He is survived by his daughters, Shirley (Mark) Darlage of Seymour and Donna (Ernie) Dettmer of Columbus; four grandchildren, Scott Darlage of Seattle, Wash., Angela (Cade) Swallows of Chandler, Ariz., Carrie Dettmer of Columbus, and Jill (Derek) Harris of Cincinnati, Ohio; two great-grandchildren, Tanner and Bailey Swallows; and one sister, Dorothy Hehman. He was looking forward to the birth of his third great-grandchild next spring.
His parents, wife; four brothers, Clarence, Elmer, Raymond and Andrew Claycamp; four sisters, Clara Peters, Lydia Kaemming, Edna Claycamp (infant) and Marie Koester preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at Zion Lutheran Church where Rev. Jeffrey Stuckwisch will officiate. Visitation will be on Monday, December 16, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Burkholder Funeral Chapel and on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until service time at the church.
Burial will take place at Riverview Cemetery, with full Military rites provided by American Legion #89, V.F.W #1925, D.A.V. #47 and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour.
Memorials can be made to Zion Lutheran Church General Fund, Zion Lutheran Building Expansion Fund, or to the Lutheran Hour Ministries.
Remembrances and condolences can be shared at www.burkholderfuneralchapel.com.
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