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.