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Thomas L. Claxton, Jr.

1950 - 2022


Thomas L. Claxton, Jr., age 71, passed away on Sunday, January 2, 2022 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.  He was born on March 28, 1950 in Oklahoma City, OK to Thomas L. and Joyce Light Claxton, Sr.  He married Donna Trautwein on September 22, 1973 in Oklahoma City, and she survives.

Tom graduated high school in Grain Valley, MO then went on to join the United States Army where he served in Vietnam.  After his honorable discharge in 1970, he went to Culver...

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Carmel Cooney-Kuhlman

January 13, 2022 4:42 PM

Donna and family, 
So sorry to hear of Tom's passing. Have wonderful memories of working with you both in Lagrange. Prayers and comfort to you and family

Donald Matrin

January 7, 2022 8:40 PM

Tom. Mr C as we called him. The was a passionate teacher. I pushed his buttons. Many. Times. Great guy. RIP. 🙏 To Donna & kids.

Mark A. Wiewel

January 6, 2022 9:41 PM

Donna, Andrew, Matthew & Family:
Very sorry for your loss. I was blessed to be one of Tom’s chaplains and to meet all of you.
Eternal rest Tom.
Chaplain Mark Wiewel
Blessing Hospital

Peter Wright

January 6, 2022 7:56 PM

I will never forget Tom. Sitting outside his school room door in between classes and watching after my daughter . Keeping away the trouble children so my daughter could feel safe at school. No one asked him to. He saw the need and took care of it. A good man.

Cody Ward

January 6, 2022 4:01 PM

It's difficult to put into words just how Tom affected me for the better.  He instilled a love of history and stories in general that I carry to this day.  It kills me that I won't be able to come to visitation in person.  Know that I'm thinking of and praying for you and yours with all my heart.

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