Richard Clayville, 94

Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Richard Y. Clayville, 94, of Mountain Home, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, at a care center in Mountain Home.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 2, at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Mountain Home. Arrangements were under the direction of Summers Funeral Homes, McMurtrey Chapel.

Richard was born Jan. 8, 1910, in Denver, Colo., the oldest son of Walter and Helen Horner Clayville.

Richard had been a long-term resident of Mountain Home for 90 years.

In his youth he helped out at the family laundry cleaning service and its cream-buying business in Mountain Home.

He served in the Army during World War II where he met and married his wife, Mildred Rayburn, on Oct. 21, 1945, in Kearny, Neb. They returned to Mountain Home and he worked for the Chevrolet garage as a mechanic.

He later worked as a civil servant for Mountain Home Air Force Base, where he retired in 1974, as a mechanic in the refueling maintenance department.

Richard had a great singing voice, his family said, and would sing with his mother and father for special occasions. He later lead song services for his church, as well as being head elder of the Mountain Home Seventh-Day Adventist Church for 40 years, where he devoted much of his time and energy.

Richard is survived by: his wife, Mildred "Susie" of Mountain Home; son Terry of Redlands, Calif.; daughter Denise of New Orleans, La.; brother Robert A. Clayville of Cove, Ore., along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Avis Clayville and Peggy Clayville Knauff, as well as a baby daughter.