(April 24, 1924 – July 31, 2015)
Clayton E. Van Hall, 91, of Midland passed away Friday, July 31, 2015 at Cartwright Hospice Center in Saginaw. Clayton was born April 24, 1924 in Grand Rapids to the late Edward L. and Nell Van Hall. He graduated from Grand Haven High School in 1942. During World War II he served in the U. S. Army Signal Corps and the Fifth Air Force in New Guinea, Philippines, Okinawa and Korea. He received his A.B. degree in chemistry from Hope College in 1949. He married Nancy Vyverberg on August 11, 1951 in Rochester, New York. After receiving a doctorate in analytical chemistry from Michigan State University in 1956 he joined The Dow Chemical Company. While at Dow he helped develop several new analytical techniques for monitoring water quality for which he received 40 U. S. and foreign patents and several national awards. He also coauthored 21 technical papers. He retired from Dow as an Associate Scientist in 1989. He was a member of the American Chemical Society, the New York Academy of Sciences and Sigma Xi.He was an active member of Midland Reformed Church where he served several terms as deacon and elder. He served on the board of the 1016 Home for several years and also was a member of the Water Advisory Board of the Saginaw-Midland Water System. He was a Courtesy Car driver for the Midland County Council on Aging.Clayton is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy of 64 years; daughter Lynne Plisek and husband Dan of Dubuque, Iowa; son Richard Van Hall and wife Teresa of Owego, New York; four grandchildren David Plisek and Catherine, Adrian and Alexandra Van Hall; sister Edith DeHaan. He was predeceased by his brother Kenneth and wife Bernice Van Hall; sisters Deane and husband George Olsen, and Audrey and husband Lloyd Bigley, and brother-in-law Neil DeHaan.A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at Midland Reformed Church with Pastor Michael De Ruyter officiating. Visitation will be held at Smith-Miner Funeral Home on Monday, August 3rd from 5-7pm and at the church on Tuesday from 10:00 am until time of service. Burial will take place at Midland City Cemetery followed by a luncheon at the church for family and friends.Those planning expression of sympathy may wish to consider Midland Reformed Church, Wycliffe Bible Translators or Cartwright-VNA Hospice Center.