Age 82, of Lansing, MI, passed away at home with his family on December 11, 2016. He was born October 13, 1934, in Princeton, WV, to James and Reta Claytor.

James was an engineer for GM and retired in 1988, spent many winters in Florida, and traveled around in his motor home throughout the United States. He was known as “Mr. Fix-It” and he owned nearly every tool known to man.

He is survived by his loving wife of almost 25 years, Nancy; children, Lee Ann (Jeff) Campbell and Lynn Ellen (Brian) Denison; stepchildren, Linda Van Every and Mary Ellen (Stan) Williams; 5 grandchildren; 4 stepgrandchildren; 9 step-great-grandchildren; and the mother of his children, Jane Claytor. He was preceded in death by his parents and stepson James Brooks.

A celebration of James’ life will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, December 17, 2016, at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel. His family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Greater Lansing Food Bank or Great Lakes Caring Hospice.

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4 Messages to “James S. Claytor”

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    Gary Humphrey Says:

    I will forever be hearing EGG SUCKING DOG in my mind ! Jimmy was a very gentle man. Enjoyed motor home trips! ” suthey” forever

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    George Andrew Owens, Jr. Says:

    Dear Nancy, Lee Ann and Lynn and extended family,

    Yes, Buddy’s passing leaves a hole in my heart, but it’s size pales in comparison when compared to those precious and wonderful memories of the times I got to spend with him at our Chamber’s reunions. I admired and respected him so, and will miss him deeply.

    May these following words give you the same comfort they gave me. They are on a book marker a co-worker gave me upon my Mother’s passing.

    It isn’t easy to say goodbye -
    to leave the ones we love,
    to not be able to share some time
    and exchange hellos and a hug.
    I miss your laughter, your
    wonderful smile, your goodness,
    and your caring ways.
    I miss your warmth and
    thoughtfulness and how you
    brightened so many of my days.
    When you feel sad, and anguish
    is near, please remember -
    I walk with Our Lord
    where only peace and beauty live
    and great love is our reward.
    I’ve asked God to
    comfort your heart now and to
    guide your dreams as they grow
    to inspire joy and wisdom
    on whichever paths you go.
    So, though I have gone on
    you must live and love and smile;
    for our parting is not forever,
    - it is only for awhile.

    Love to you all,
    George Andrew

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    Dick and Judy Grahek Says:

    Dear Nancy:
    Dick and I are so sorry to hear about Jim’s recent passing. He was a remarkable man, and you two were made for each other. We’re unable to attend his service Saturday as we’re going to be out of town. I’d love to hear from you at any time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Dick and Judy Grahek

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    Bob Benezette Says:

    So sorry about Jim’s passing. I first worked with him at Olds in 1973 and he made work more enjoyable. All the jokes, pranks, stories, and songs made the day more enjoyable. Blessings to you all.

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