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Earl Gene Clayton

July 31, 1934 ~ November 9, 2021 (age 87)


     Earl Gene Clayton, 87, of Harrisburg passed away Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 8:24 AM at Carrier Mills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Carrier Mills.

     Earl was born on July 31, 1934 in Harrisburg, to the late Earl R. and Mildred (Saylor) Clayton.  He married Donna Jean Betz on April 16, 1954 and she preceded him in death on September 19, 2004. Earl served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. Later he was a welder at Caterpillar in Joliet and retired from the United States Postal Service. He attended McKinley Avenue Baptist Church and was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Earl loved to hunt, fish, camp and garden. He enjoyed almost any outdoor activity.

     Earl is survived by three children, daughter, Kathy Hanrahan and husband, Thomas of Harrisburg; son, Kevin Clayton of Harrisburg; son, Keith Clayton and wife, Lisa of Eldorado; eight grandchildren, Clayton Hanrahan and wife, Shelley of Arlington, Tennessee; Ethan Hanrahan of Mt. Vernon; Laura Hanrahan of Clovis, California; Caleb Clayton of Vienna; Katie Clayton-Hustedde and husband, Carl of Harrisburg; Dustin Bridges and wife, Michelle of Houston, Texas; Blake Clayton and wife, Tiffany of Eldorado; Blair Vance and husband, Kyle of Eldorado; eight great grandchildren, McKenzie Melvin, Myleigh Melvin, Mathias Vance, Makai Vance, Asa Clayton, Amaya Clayton, Audrey Bridges, and Ashley Bridges; and brother, Bill Clayton and wife, LaVern of Harrisburg.

     In addition to his wife, Donna Jean Clayton, Earl was preceded in death by his parents, Earl R. and Mildred Clayton.      

      Funeral services will be held at 2 PM, Sunday, November 14, 2021 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  Rev. Blake Clayton will officiate and burial will follow at Sunset Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12 PM to 2 PM, Sunday, November 14, 2021 at Reed Funeral Chapel.

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November 14, 2021

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Reed Funeral Chapel

Funeral Service
November 14, 2021

2:00 PM
Reed Funeral Chapel (Harrisburg)

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