Clayton James Stevens, 90, of Hanley Falls, passed away May 16, 2013 at Field Crest Assisted Living in Cottonwood.
Funeral Services with Military Rites by the Hanley Falls American Legion, Anderson-Bestland Post 127, were held Tuesday, May 21 at Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church in Hanley Falls, officiated by Pastors Steve Quist and David Wall.
Burial followed at East Yellow Medicine Lutheran Cemetery in Hanley Falls.
Clayton was born October 17, 1922 in Hanley Falls to James Reuben and Clara Amanda (Jacobson) Stevens. He was baptized and confirmed at Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church in Hanley Falls. He graduated from Hanley Falls High School in 1941. Clayton entered the Navy in April 1944 after boot camp. He spent 1 year in Japan. He was honorably discharged when World War II ended. After returning home from the service, he began farming west of Hanley Falls. Clayton married Doris Marie Petrick at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Montevideo on August 16, 1959.
Clayton played baseball in high school and also for both the Granite Falls and Hanley Falls town teams. He was considered to be a very good ball player and was paid $35 or $40 per game. Later in life he became a loyal Minnesota Twins fan and never tired of watching his grandkids play sports of all kinds.
Clayton was the local water hauler for over 20 years. He would bring Hanley Falls "soft" water to fill cisterns, swimming pools and hot tubs and would get to visit and have coffee while the water was being unloaded.
He continued to be very active in "the farm" long after his official retirement in 1990. Many times he was jokingly told to act his age. 85 year olds aren't suppose to be sorting 300 pound hogs he was told. He would smile and head into the barn whistling a tune that he made up as he went along.
Clayton enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and farming. He always put the Lord first in everything he did. He was a faithful member of Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church. If there was cleaning or fixing to be done, he was there to help. He even helped at the church food stand every year. He looked forward to the threshing show. He took his last ride to the farm on Tuesday May 14 and enjoyed some ice-cream and a hamburger along the way.
Clayton is survived by his wife, Doris, of 53 years; sons: Danny (Sharon) Stevens of Hanley Falls, Jeffrey Stevens of Hanley Falls and Robert (Sue) Stevens of Hazel Run; his grandchildren: Amy (Josh) Gens of Nicollet, Chris (fiancé Kendra Johnson) of Hanley Falls, Josh Stevens of Hanley Falls, Jared Stevens of Hanley Falls, Gena Stevens of Cottonwood, Luke Stevens of Hazel Run, and Leah Stevens of Hazel Run; and brother Orville (Joan) Stevens of Denver, Colorado.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Clara Stevens and siblings LeVern and Arlene. Arrangements were with J. H. Lynner Company of Clarkfield.
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