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John L. Clayton

Born: Fri., May 6, 1949
Died: Tue., Jan. 28, 2020


Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Sat., Feb. 22, 2020
Location: Zion Lutheran Church


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John L. Clayton, 70, of Sarver, PA, passed away on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 peacefully, at Quality Life Services at Sugar Creek , Worthington, PA. John was born in Elwood City, PA on May 6, 1949, a son of the late Jean W. (Weissert) and William E. Clayton, Sr., and was raised in Zelienople. He attended Zelienople High School and graduated from the newly formed Seneca Valley High School in 1967. His childhood home on Culvert Street had a huge back yard that was the site of many neighborhood games with his siblings and neighborhood friends. John was active in sports, beginning with playing Little League baseball and spending many summer days at the Zelie pool. He later played football and wrestled at Seneca Valley. Like his Mother, he was academically gifted and was a leader , serving as class president. Like his older brother, he was known for “being a sharp dresser” and was proud to have been voted best dressed his Senior year. He enjoyed collecting 45 records and had an extensive collection. He had a very strong lifelong work ethic. While in high school he worked as a delivery person for Basilone Cleaners and at his Grandfather’s business, Tru Flo Fan. He used his earnings to help provide for the family , and continued to support his Mother throughout her life. He was the rock of our family. John went on to study at Kent State University receiving a bachelors degree in business in 1971, and worked for a number of companies over 40 years as a self educated IT Specialist. While employed with Black and Decker he lived in Easton, Maryland, and developed a love for the Eastern Shore Chesapeake Bay area. He enjoyed his sailboat and motor boat, fishing and crabbing. Family visits always included a back yard dinner of seafood including a bushel of steamed crabs . Visits back to Pennsylvania included camping trips to a family campground in East Brady . He had a love for hunting and fishing, with great memories of fishing in Bobcaygeon, Canada, where he spent many summer vacations at his grandparent’s home. He passed this love on to his son, Jimmy, who is passing it on to the next generation, John’s granddaughter, Addy. He will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered, especially his sharp wit, twinkling eyes and little smirk. John is survived by his wife of 44 years, Luray A. (Scheerbaum) Clayton. His children, James Clayton, of Tarentum; Carrie Clayton, of Bloomfield; Jennifer and Justin Fantuzzo, of Cheswick and his granddaughter, Adeline Whitlock. John is also survived by his sister and brother in law, Pamela Sue and Dennis Bintrim, of Harmony and their daughters, Elisabeth McCullough and family and Emily Bintrim, and Max, Monet, and Monique Clayton of California John is preceded by his brothers, William E. Jr. and James W. Clayton. . At John's request there will be no public visitation and burial will be private. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22 @11am at Zion Lutheran Church in Harmony. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to; Zelienople Area Public Library 227 S High St. Zelienople, PA 16063 Butler County Humane Society 1015 Evans City Rd, Renfrew, PA 16053

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Trudy Levere
   Posted Sun February 02, 2020
My sincere sympathy to Johns family. What I remember most about John was his wit and his smile. And when Wade and I visited in Easton with Pam and Denny, that bushel of crabs he was so proud to serve, sprawled out on the table. May John Rest In Peace.

Steve Wigness
   Posted Mon February 03, 2020
I worked with John while he lived in Minnesota. He was a hard working guy and well respected. We hit it off immediately as we had a common interest in hunting/fishing. I did my best to teach him to speak "Minnesotan", but I don't think it stuck. My condolences to his family.

Bonnie McMurray Bain
   Posted Mon February 03, 2020
My condolences to the family.

Ellen Gray Krechel
   Posted Tue February 04, 2020
With deepest condolences

jan bach
   Posted Wed February 05, 2020
I will always remember him and never forget him.My condolence to his whole family.

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