Clayton BABCOCK

BABCOCK Clayton Roy Babcock ( 1934 – 2005 ) As dark clouds settled over the sky on Sunday, May 29, Clayton quietly succumbed after a valiant fight to PICK’S disease and ALS and returned home to the Heavenly Father. Clayton was born fourth of six children to Pearl and Jacob Babcock and raised on a farm near Waldron, Saskatchewan. From youth, he had an avid mind to learn and learn he did. In the past 40 plus years, the Babcock home had a resident repairman. He could build and fix almost anything. Clayton started his vocation in building materials under his brother Earl’s tutelage in Wadena, Saskatchewan, then on to Whitewood, Melville, Lloydminster and Red Deer. Before moving to Wadena, he met a new school teacher, Betty Baerwald and their courtship was accomplished for 3 years by car, bus and train. As manager of the Co-Op Home Improvement Center in Red Deer for 27 years, his comfort zone was behind the service counter where he met and helped the customers. His motto was “service” and his staff was trained that way. During the 10 years since he resigned, he had enjoyed many pastimes including camping in the motor home, fishing, golf and curling, where lately he mastered the time clocks and supervised their use at major curling events. Clayton was a dedicated blood donor, having recently received a prestigious award for having donated 150 units. He had a natural talent for woodworking, including an ancient wood form called intarsia, of which several beautiful pieces adorn the walls of the family home. Clayton also made very good wine, of which most was given away. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Earl, brother-in-law Johnny, sister-in-law Ruby and father-in-law Otto Baerwald. Clayton is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Betty as well as his sisters Irene, Thelma and Elaine, one brother Harvey along with numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. Those of us remaining will cherish his memory as a kind, gentle and patient man with a big smile. Funeral Services for the Late Clayton Roy Babcock will be held at the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 18 Selkirk Boulevard, Red Deer on Thursday, June 2, 2005 at 12 noon with The Reverend James Schuelke officiating. At Betty’s request, floral tributes are gracefully declined. Donations in Clayton’s memory may be made to the ALS Society of Alberta, Suite 400, 320 – 23 Avenue S.W. Calgary, Alberta T2S 0J2 or to the charity of one’s choice. Sympathies can be forwarded to the family at www.parklandfuneralhome.com. In living memory of the Late Clayton Roy Babcock, a tree will be planted in the Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium Memorial Tree Park.


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