James S. Claytor

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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Bob Benezette
December 14, 2016 at 12:30 pm

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.

Dick and Judy Grahek
December 14, 2016 at 4:16 pm

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

George Andrew Owens, Jr.
December 15, 2016 at 2:13 pm

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

Gary Humphrey
December 16, 2016 at 9:02 am

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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