R. F. “Bob” Clayton passed away on January 26, 2009 at his home, he was 90 years old. Bob was born January 18, 1919 at Genoa, Illinois where he lived until he was twenty. He joined the 33rd Division National Guard at Sycamore, Illinois and was called to active duty shortly thereafter. He spent time at Camp Forrest, Tenn. and on September 1, 1941, was sent to the South Pacific for 39 months as a part of a task force destined for duty during WWII. While in the South Pacific he was sent to school and commissioned as a 2nd Lt in the Signal Corp. Prior to this he had been with the Infantry and had won the Combat Infantry Badge for action at Guadalcanal, New Georgia, and Bougainville. Departing Brisbane, Australia, he was sent to Leyte and then Luzon in the Philippines. His unit was being prepared for entry into Japan when the war ended. He did go on to Japan where he pulled occupation duty for a short time.

Following this, he returned to the US where he married a hometown girl, Gladys Cornell on March 13, 1946. After a few weeks, he decided to return to the military and was recalled to active duty. He was stationed at Fort Monmouth, NJ and later at Fort Gordon, Georgia. While at Fort Gordon, he was selected to enter the Army Language School at Monterey, California. On completion of this course which covered a year, he was sent to Europe and assigned to an Intelligence Center. He spent a little over three years at this, and was promoted to 1st Lt and then to Captain. On returning to the US he was sent to Fort Lewis, where he remained as a Signal Officer for two years and then was sent to Korea for a year. On his return from there, he came back to Fort Lewis and was reassigned to Germany where he was promoted to Major. He was with the 8th Infantry Division for a period and then went to Stuttgart, Germany as a Deputy Post Commander, Panzer Kaserne. At that time he had completed twenty three years in the military and was retired. He returned to the US and settled with his family in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He remained there for a few months and then took a job with the American Red Cross and an Assistant Field Director. He was sent to Kirtland Air Force Base at Albuquerque, New Mexico. From there he went to Carswell Air Force Base at Fort Worth, TX. He was then sent on the Germany where he remained for three years and was able to have his family with him. He returned to the US for a short period of time and went on the Vietnam where he stayed for a year. When he returned he was promoted to Field Director and assigned to Richards-Gebaur AFB, at Kansas City where he trained for six years. From here he was sent to Karlsruhe, Germany as a Red Cross Field Director. Following a tout there, he returned to the US and was assigned to Fort Riley, Kansas. Later he moved to Fort Leavenworth where after 15 years he again retired. He and his wife, Gladys settled in Grandview for a couple of years and later moved to Louisiana. Unfortunately, the call of the grand and great grandchildren was too strong and they sold out and came back to Missouri. This time they settled in Blue Springs where they lived until his death.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Gladys; daughters Suzanne Watson of Danville, AR, and Sherry Cooper of Holden, Missouri; sister, Virginia Wait of Belvidere, IL; six grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Kim Clayton, brother, James Clayton, and granddaughter, Connie Sue.

Bob was a lifetime member of the Retired Officer's Association, a lifetime member of the American Legion, member of the Historical Society, and the Experimental Aircraft Association. He was a member of the Blue Springs Rotary and was secretary for many years. He was a Paul Harris Fellow and a Rotary Benefactor. He had perfect attendance. Bob joined the First Baptist Church along with his wife, Gladys in April of 1982 and was a regular member until his death.

Visitation will be held from 9-10 on Friday, January 30, at Meyers Funeral Chapel, with funeral services to follow at 10 am. Burial will take place at 12:30 pm in Forth Leavenworth National Cemetery where full military honors will be presented for Major Clayton. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Blue Springs Rotary Education Fund. Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, 816.229.3276. Condolences and memories of Bob may be shared with the family online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.