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OBITUARY

Clayton L. Bristow

December 28, 1925June 27, 2015
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Clayton L. Bristow, 89, of Davenport passed away Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Davenport Lutheran Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am, Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Grace Lutheran Church in Davenport. Visitation will be from 4-7 pm, Tuesday at the Runge Mortuary. Burial, with military honors by Vietnam Veterans Chapter 299, will be in Walcott Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church or the Davenport Lutheran Home, where in the final four months of life, he was cared for by a group of nurses, aides and therapists who are simply “Angels on Earth”. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com. Clayton Lorenz Bristow was born December 28, 1925 in Sioux City, Iowa. He and his twin sister Barbara Janet, were the first set of twins born in the new hospital. He was a star athlete at Central High School in Sioux City and was the Senior Class President. After graduation in 1943, he joined the Merchant Marines with his best friend Bob Brookins and proudly served his country in World War II. After the war, he enrolled at Morningside College in Sioux City and excelled on the basketball team. The team were the conference champions in 1947. He was a teammate of Norm Mathers, the father of Jerry Mathers of “The Leave it to Beaver” TV show. At college he met the love of his life, Lyla, (Lamar as he called her). They married June 24, 1950 at Stratford Lutheran Church. He briefly played semi-pro basketball with the Waterloo Hawks, before finding his true calling as a teacher and coach. He began his long teaching and coaching career in Buffalo Center, Iowa in 1951, where two daughters, Becki and Sue were born. In 1956 he moved his family to Davenport to take a teaching/coaching job at Frank L. Smart Jr. High. He first taught Geography and within a few years got his dream job as Physical Education teacher. Clayton shaped countless young men, not only instructing them in an athletic skill, but on ways to be a better person. He was thrilled to have a son born in 1960 and named him after his best friend, Bob. A few years earlier Bob had named his first son after Clayton. Clayton taught school until May 1987. He and Lyla traveled frequently, such as on cruises to Alaska and Hawaii and bike trips in England and Maine. In 1985 they biked TOGIR (The Other Great Iowa Ride). In 1987 he made a hole-in-one, which for the avid golfer he was, was a big thrill. Several times he ran the BIX and won awards for his age group. He went on an Honor Flight to Washington, DC and was one of a very few veterans not to be in a wheelchair or need assistance. After 63 years of marriage, Clayton was parted from Lyla when she died in 2013. He had lived in Independent housing at Garner Farms from 2008 through Friday, February 13, 2015, when he broke his hip. After surgery, he went to the Lutheran Home for rehabilitation. After working hard in therapy to try to get to Assisted Living, he contracted pneumonia around Easter and could never get stronger. He is survived by his children Becki (Harley) Youngmeyer of Mason, Ohio, Sue (Will) Stone of The Villages, Florida, Bob (Rhonda) Bristow of Bettendorf, Iowa. Two granddaughters are Sandy Youngmeyer of Chicago and Kristin Youngmeyer of Columbus, Ohio. Three step grandchildren are Tara Farrington of Davenport, Brian Stone of Sheboygan, Wisconsin and Bruce Stone of Culver City, California. Three great grandchildren, Ella Farrington of Davenport, Campbell Stone of Culver City and Sophie Stone of Sheboygan. Also surviving are brothers, sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Lyla, Clayton was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Elizabeth Bristow, his twin sister and brother-in-law Barbara and James Scallin and nieces Susan and Pat Scallin.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, June 30, 2015
  • Funeral Services Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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Allen Darell

July 1, 2015

Mr. Bristow taught us how to compete, how to play right with good sportsmanship and make right decisions. I think he may have been one of the most important teachers in my youth at F L Smart. He will be missed and very warmly remembered.

Allen Darell

July 1, 2015

Mr. Bristow taught us how to compete, how to play right with good sportsmanship and make right decisions. I think he may have been one of the most important teachers in my youth at F L Smart. He will be missed and very warmly remembered.

Chuck Voorhis

July 1, 2015

Mr. Bristow was my B.B coach at F.L Smart in the early 60's. I always addressed him as "Mr. Bristow" out of respect. I had a rather difficult childhood, so my confidence level was low during that period of time in my life. Mr. Bristow took and interest in me. He gave me the confidence to excel as an athlete, and more importantly to strive to be a better person. Mr.Bristow touched my life in a very positive way during that 1 year in 9th grade. I was always grateful for that and thought of him often over the years. I'm disappointed that I didn't get to tell him that in person, but he knows that now. You're in my thoughts and prayers today. God Bless you Mr. Bristow. You were the best!

Jerry Brownson

July 1, 2015

We will miss Clayton. He was a great guy. I was able to meet his wife and him on several family reuions. Once Wyndo,Dick Miller, and myself went to Air Force museum in Dayton,Ohio.We had a great time. We keep you in our prayers.
Gerald Brownson,Lynne Miller Ford

June 30, 2015

I wish I could attend the Service to honor Clayton. I live in Texas. My dad, Robert Brookins, and he shared a friendship that most people will never know and it lasted literally a lifetime. What an example it was to me to keep my friends close to my heart and in my life as long as I possibly could. I figure he will be hanging out with my dad conspiring some kind of shenanigan. Rest in peace Clayton at the side of loving wife.

Chris Davis and Family

June 30, 2015

We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time.

T.J. Rubley

June 29, 2015

My thoughts and prayers are with the Bristow Family in their time of loss. Mr. Bristow was the best! He kept us in line at F.L. Smart and expected us to be better people, accomplish and do what we said we would do. He was no nonsense but we could get him laughing all the time. He allowed for some of the best times growing up...he will be missed.

June 29, 2015

We are sorry about Clayton Bristow's leaving us. We are members of Grace Lutheran Church as were Clayton and Lyla. We had such good conversations, fun, and laughter, too. We remember their accounts of biking and will miss their happy smiles. We are thankful for their talents they gave to our church. We feel blessed for having known them. Arlene and Wayne Jens, Davenport.

Todd Rubley

June 29, 2015

Bob, I am saddened to hear the news about your father, Mr. B. He was our gym teacher at F. L. Smart Jr. High. His rules and his discipline positively influenced many of the kids in the West End. He was a "no nonsense" teacher and he did not sway from his style. He will be missed by all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

Lori Lakey

June 29, 2015

Clayton - we are going to miss your smile and sparking eyes at our table at the Davenport Lutheran Home. Now you can rest peacefully being with your wife and our Lord. Many prayers to the family.

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