Ray Claycomb

Born: Mon., Nov. 9, 1936
Died: Mon., Nov. 16, 2020


Family to do services at later date


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Ray Leon Claycomb, age 84 of Griggsville, IL passed away Monday, November 16, 2020 at his home. He was born on November 9, 1936 in LaHarpe, IL to Wendell and Edith Fowler Claycomb. He married Iris Lambeth on June 3, 1961 at the New Salem United Methodist Church and she survives.

He graduated from LaHarpe High School and went on to spend 4 years in the United States Navy. Ray then went on to attend college, after graduating from Western Illinois University, he taught biology and physical science at Westmer High School in Joy, IL. Ray attended graduate school at Drake University on a National Science Foundation Grant and then joined the National Park Service as an interpreter and was stationed at Grand Canyon National Park, Gettysburg National Military Park, Fort Necessity National Monument, Pipestone National Monument and the Natchez Trace Parkway. He enjoyed his hobbies of woodworking to take toys and games to local craft fairs, gardening to share produce and flowers with others, and raising chickens to give away eggs. Ray was known as a giving man by many, not only giving of things but having a true giving soul. He was an active member of the New Salem United Methodist Church where he served as treasurer and usher for many years, served as a Boy Scout leader and was proud of being able to donate 25 gallons of blood over his lifetime.

Ray is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Iris; daughter, Janet (Kevin) Poppema of Griggsville, IL; son, Steve (Susan) Claycomb of Brandon, MS; four grandchildren; and many wonderful nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wendell and Edith Claycomb; brothers, Bill Claycomb and Gene Claycomb; and sister, Linda Claycomb Ray.

Per Ray’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and there will be a memorial service at a later date. Memorials are suggested to be made to Blessing Hospice. Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com. Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Ray's memory to the following organization:

Blessing Hospice

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Roberta Shoemaker
   Posted Tue November 17, 2020
I am very sorry for your loss. Ray was special. I will miss him.

Betty & Frank Poppema
   Posted Tue November 17, 2020
We’re sorry about Rays passing. We express our condolences.

Julie Sargent Dehart
   Posted Tue November 17, 2020
So sorry for your loss Iris! Thoughts and prayers to all of your family.

Agnes Peile
   Posted Wed November 18, 2020


Iris, so sorry to hear about Ray. Such a nice person, so nice to work with at our 4-H functions. My sympathy to you and your family.

Gerald M. Green & Judy Green
   Posted Wed November 18, 2020
So sorry to hear about your loss, you all will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Earl, Mary and Emily Pursley
   Posted Thu November 19, 2020
Janet and Family,
So sorry to hear about Ray. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Earl, Mary and Emily Pursley

Dennis & Debbie Galbreath
   Posted Thu November 19, 2020
Sorry to hear about Ray. Was a good friend with the Cawthon and will be miss,

Tim and Nancy Halpin
   Posted Sat November 21, 2020
We are very sorry to learn of Ray’s passing. The health department always appreciated receiving his vases of flowers

Debbie Hazelrigg
   Posted Sun November 22, 2020
Iris, My thoughts & Prayers are with you & your family during this sad time and loss of your Loves one. Thinking of you ! Debbie Hazelrigg LPN /LAB QMG

Darwin and Lisa Feenstra
   Posted Tue November 24, 2020
Janet and family,

I (Lisa) met Janet when I was working at the bank and have been working as an aide at Griggsville-Perry and enjoyed meeting your daughter there. We are so sorry for your loss. Your father brought such nice flower arrangements to the bank but I didn't know him very well. When I was reading his obituary, I was struck by what an interesting life he led and by the contributions he made to his community. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dana Fry
   Posted Tue November 24, 2020
So very sorry for your loss. I met Ray through working at the pharmacy and really enjoyed visiting with him. I will miss seeing him. Take pride in knowing he made an impact just with his smile. Truly a great man.

Ryan and Amy Dice
   Posted Wed November 25, 2020
Mr. Ray was a wonderful, kind man and he will be missed dearly. What a joy to talk with him and be on the receiving end of his beautiful home grown flowers and cartons of eggs! We are praying for comfort for your family.
Ryan and Amy Dice
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William Truitt
   Posted Mon November 30, 2020
I never knew them on first name basis. Mr and Mrs Claycomb were Studyhall favorites A Westmer School. Sorry to here the sad news88

Diane Schrock Prill
   Posted Mon November 30, 2020
Mr. Claycomb was my high school biology teacher. I have fond memories of his class. I was so impressed to read of his Park Service career after he left Westmer. My sympathies on your loss.

RandiPoppema
   Posted Wed December 02, 2020
My grand pa

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