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Clayton L. Border

September 9, 2012
The Advertiser-Tribune

Clayton L. Border, 92, of Toledo, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at his son's home in Springfield Township.

He was born Feb. 14, 1920, on a farm north of Bascom, the eldest son of Jason and Chloe (Haugh) Border. He was a Toledo resident for 46 years.

A 1937 graduate of Tiffin Columbian High School, Clayton earned his accounting degree from Tiffin University in 1939. He began his business career in Columbus, as an accountant for the state of Ohio. A year later, he accepted an accounting position with the Army Air Corps at Wright Field (now Wright-Patterson Air Force Base) in Dayton. Later, he transferred to the Army's Erie Proving Ground near Port Clinton.

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Mr. Border

Clayton married Thelma Johnston on Jan. 4, 1942. He joined the U.S. Army in November 1942 at Camp Perry. Clayton served as a staff sergeant with the 195th General Hospital in France during World War II.

Returning from World War II, Clayton resumed his accounting duties at Erie Proving Ground. He was appointed contracting officer for Erie Army Depot and spent the remainder of his professional career in various procurement/contracting activities with the U.S. Department of Defense in Washington, D.C.; Toledo; and Detroit.

He served as Sunday school superintendent for many years at Trinity EUB Church in Fremont.

In retirement, Clayton worked part-time for Hayes Travel Agency in Perrysburg and enjoyed traveling in the United States, Canada and Europe with his wife, Thelma.

He is survived by two sons, Gary (Erica) of Bowling Green and David (Rebecca) of Springfield Township; two brothers, Nevin (Ardinell) of Willard and Dean (Barbara) of Newark; five grandchildren, Evan of San Jose, Calif., Wesley of Maumee, Alyssa (Tony) Bottrell of Madison Heights, Mich., Samuel of Springfield Township, Alan of Springfield Township; and one great-granddaughter, Madilyn Bottrell of Madison Heights.

Clayton was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma, Jan. 1, 2007; his sister, Thelma; and his brothers Dale and Don.

Family and close friends may visit at Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Road, Tuesday, Sept. 11, from noon until the time of the service at 1 p.m.

Contributions may be made to the UM Church of the Cross, 1806 Cass Road, Toledo.

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