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William L. (Bill) Clayton, Jr, age 68 of Houghton Lake, passed away Tuesday June 8th, 2021 at Midland Hospital surrounded by his family. The son of the late William Clayton Sr. and Barbara Carpenter was born April 15, 1953. After graduating High School in Owosso Michigan, Bill eventually became a machine tool designer and engineer. Later in life he started his own construction business and enjoyed doing home improvements. Bill loved spending time on his boat with his family skiing, tubing, swimming, and watching the sunset. Bill and his wife Linda loved to travel across the United States and take day trips around Michigan. Bill’s greatest adventure was his property in the Upper Peninsula where he built a small cottage “off the grid” and enjoyed the beauty of the outdoors. Bill was a beloved regular at the Spikehorn Restaurant in Houghton Lake where he enjoyed the camaraderie of the patrons and staff there. Bill had a smile that could light up a room and a presence that couldn’t go without noticing.  

He is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Linda Clayton; daughter, Jamie (Mark) Peer of Lincoln, Nebraska; son, Chuck (Melissa) Clayton of Tacoma, Washington; daughter, Andrea (Andrew) Schlehuber of Midland, Michigan; 6 grandchildren; his mother, Barb Carpenter of Green Bay Wisconsin; brother, Dan (Vickie) Clayton of Owosso; Mike (Lori) Clayton of Lake Orion, Randy (Kim) Clayton of West Branch; sister, Sandy (Joe) Favorito of Green Bay, Wisconsin.  

A celebration of life is scheduled for Tuesday, June 15th from 2-6 at Spikehorn Restaurant in Houghton Lake.

In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the American Cancer Society in his honor.

Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Clayton family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.


Condolence Messages

  1. Erica Harris

    29 June 2021 4 weeks ago

    So sorry to hear about Bill. My thoughts are with his family at this sad time 💔

  2. Dr. Kevin and Debbie Bur

    18 June 2021 1 month ago

    Linda and family,
    Deb and I were very saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. We will keep you folks in our thoughts and prayers. May Our Lord Bless all of you.
    Dr. Kevin and Debbie Bur

  3. Shaffer Fox

    16 June 2021 1 month ago

    My deepest condolences to Bill’s family and friends. Bill was a brilliant and great man, and he was the son of a brilliant and great man. I really hoped that Bill and I would get a few moments to chat again, but it looks like that won’t happen. Bill’s passing is such a loss for all of us. May he rest in peace, and may his family be forever proud of their great heritage.

  4. Jack Clayton

    11 June 2021 1 month ago

    So sorry for your Loss! Cousin Bill was a great guy ! 🤗s & 🙏 For the Family ❤️ Jack

  5. Kendra Gerometta

    11 June 2021 1 month ago

    So very sorry for your loss. You all are our thoughts and prayers. Antonio and Kendra Gerometta

  6. Jeff and Julie (Clayton) Globke

    10 June 2021 1 month ago

    Sending hugs and prayers to you all.

  7. Susan Flint

    09 June 2021 1 month ago

    My heart goes out to you Linda an the family. So sorry for your loss.

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