Charles Harold “Chuck” Claytor was born October 1, 1935 in Stratton, Nebraska to C. Harold & Dorothy Claytor. Chuck passed away unexpectedly on January 11, 2019 at the age of 83 at his home in Loveland.
Chuck attended school in Lincoln, Nebraska where he met Jewel Arlene Hide at a high school basketball game. The two became friends and began dating shortly afterward. Chuck and his high school sweetheart married on March 15, 1955 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Chuck worked in the sheet metal industry and owned a Carrier Dealership in Waverly, Nebraska. Chuck supported Boy Scouts and served as scoutmaster while his oldest son worked toward, and eventually earned, the rank of Eagle Scout. This experience allowed Chuck and his son the opportunity to work as ushers at numerous Nebraska Cornhusker football games in the early 1970s when they contended for, and won, back-to-back National Championships.
Chuck moved his family to Colorado, settling in Loveland in 1978. Chuck continued his career in sheet metal work and was an active union member in Sheet Metal Local 9 Colorado until his retirement in November 2000. Chuck was an enthusiastic coach and supporter of his younger son’s numerous athletic events in junior high, high school, and college. Chuck watched his son pitch for his Legion B team who went on to win the 1984 Legion B summer league baseball state title. Chuck was also an avid golf fan and enjoyed discussing golf with his family & friends.
Throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, Chuck and Jewel traveled frequently to visit their children and grandchildren in Texas, Wisconsin, Nevada, Ohio, Illinois, & Pennsylvania. Among the many highlights from those years include a Nebraska vs Notre Dame football game in South Bend, a Green Bay Packer game at Lambeau Field, an Eastern Caribbean cruise, a trip to Ireland, the 2007 U.S. Open Golf Championship at Oakmont Country Club, and the 2010 PGA Championship in Whistling Straights, and many peaceful times by the dock on Boom Lake in Rhinelander, WI.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, C. Harold Claytor and Dorothy Claytor; his younger brother, Burton Claytor, and his sister-in-law, Pat Claytor.
Chuck was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He is survived by his beloved bride of nearly 64 years, Jewel, of Loveland; sons Robert (Mary) Claytor of Naperville, IL and Steve (Theresa McCarthy) Claytor of Loveland; grandchildren Brittany (Jon Buzan) Claytor, Ben (Katie) Claytor, Brianna Claytor, Madison Claytor, Lindsey Claytor, Lauren Claytor, and Cameron Claytor; great-granddaughter, Tresa Claytor; and extended family and friends. Chuck touched many lives and will be missed dearly.