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Russell R. Claytor Jr.
December 1, 1932 ~ December 23, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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Russell Claytor Jr. Obituary
Russell R. Claytor Jr. Obituary
Happily retired in Sun City West since 1992, he became an artisan, making and repairing jewelry for family and friends. Russell Roosevelt Claytor (Russ), 91, originally from Reading Pennsylvania, died peacefully surrounded by family at the Hospice of the Valley, Surprise Arizona, 23 December 2023.
Born in Reading Pennsylvania on December 1, 1932, to Russell Sr and Dorothy (Kaucher) Claytor. Russ loved visiting his father’s home in rural Virgina and had many fond memories of carefree summers there. He joined the Army at 17 years old to serve his country in the Korean War. Russ was wounded at the battle of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea on his 18th birthday and was awarded the Purple Heart. After his time in the Army, Russ joined the Police Department in Reading Pennsylvania. He was one of the founding members of the Reading K-9 Corps. He served the city of Reading from 1960 to 1978 retiring as a Lieutenant. He was sought after and returned to the Police as a Chief for Ontelaunee Township Pennsylvania. After ten years as Chief of Police, Russ retired again and moved to Sun City West Arizona. Russ thrived in retirement, playing golf, serving in the Lion’s Club, and making beautiful jewelry at the Toy-Ki Silver Craft Club in Sun City West.
Russ is survived by his wife Arlene Mae (Dietz) Claytor, the love of his life for almost 72 years, married in June 1952. Russ is also survived by their three boys; Steven Claytor (Catharine) of Brewton Alabama, Alan Claytor (Carolyn) of Sierra Vista Arizona, and Keith Claytor (Christine) of Fleetwood Pennsylvania. They have enjoyed the legacy of six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Russell had many siblings. He is predeceased by his brother James Claytor, and survived by five sisters; Ann Jones of Hershey Pennsylvania, Jane Hoverter, Ruth Vitalo, Shirley Pejokovish all of Reading Pennsylvania, and Barbara Hertzog of Reinholds Pennsylvania.
The family is requesting donations be made in memory of Russell to the Friends of the Reading Police K9 Unit, c/o The Berks County Community Foundation, 237 Court St. Reading, Pa. 19601. www.readingpolicek9s.org
A Celebration of Life will be on Tuesday, January 2, 2023, at 10:00AM at Camino del sol Funeral Chapel 13738 W. Camino del Sol Sun City West, Arizona 85375. Please join the family in sharing pictures, memories or videos on the tribute wall for Russell at www.caminodelsol.com.