Live streaming of the Memorial Service on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 will be available by going to https://youtu.be/ViKk70l1Cpg.

The Honorable Richard Allen Claybrook, Jr.

May 13, 1952November 16, 2021

The Honorable Richard Allen Claybrook, Jr., (Rick), 69, passed away on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at home in Harrisonburg.

He was born on May 13, 1952 in Richmond, VA and was the son of Elizabeth Claybrook and the late Richard Claybrook, Sr.

In his childhood and youth, Rick lived in Colonial Beach, Petersburg, Richmond, and Springfield, VA.

Rick graduated with honors from Bridgewater College in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts in History, and received a JD from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond in 1977.

After working on the campaign for Governor John Dalton, then in Governor Dalton’s office, and two other political jobs, Rick moved to Harrisonburg and practiced law with Larry Kaylor. Rick became Assistant Commonwealth Attorney with David Walsh, and then had a solo private law practice. He served as Deputy Commonwealth Attorney with Marsha Garst.

On March 13, 2009, Rick was sworn in as 26th General District Court Judge. Rick retired in 2015, and continued to serve as a substitute Judge until 2020.

Rick was an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church and also an active member of the Bridgewater Ruritan Club.

Rick is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Claybrook of Harrisonburg, VA; a sister, Helen Claybrook Loman and husband, Douglas of Shenandoah County, VA; two nephews, Tim Loman of Bloomington, IN, and Paul Loman of New York City; Ann Baker, friend; and numerous cousins.

Rick was selflessly loving, generous, and devoted to his family and many friends.

A Memorial service will be held at 2 PM, Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at Asbury United Methodist Church, and masks will be required. Burial will be private at Solomons Lutheran Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Stained Glass Fund, Asbury United Methodist Church, 205 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801; to Solomons Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Grayson Getz, 6281 Senedo Rd., Quicksburg, VA 22847; or to Class of 1974 Scholarship Fund, Bridgewater College, Attention Alumni Office, 402 East College Street, Bridgewater, VA 22812.

Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements and online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com. At the family’s request, the casket will be closed.

Live streaming of the Memorial Service on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 will be available by going to https://youtu.be/ViKk70l1Cpg.


  • Elizabeth Claybrook, Mother
  • Helen Claybrook Loman (Her Husband, Douglas), Sister & Brother-in-law
  • Tim Loman, Nephew
  • Paul Loman, Nephew
  • Ann Baker, Friend
  • Numerous, Cousins
  • Richard Claybrook, Sr., Father (deceased)

  • Members of the Family, Active Pallbearers

  • Stained Glass Fund - Asbury United Methodist Church
  • Solomon's Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund
  • Class of 1974 Scholarship Fund, Bridgewater College, Attention Alumni Office



  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, November 24, 2021


  • Private Graveside Service


The Honorable Richard Allen Claybrook, Jr.

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Archer Yeatts

November 29, 2021

I drove his school bus when I was in college and he was a student at Douglas Freeman HS. He reminded me of that at a law school alumni judges breakfast when he announced it to everyone to great laughter. Great fellow. Always enjoyed being with him.

Carolyn Grasse

November 27, 2021

I learned to know Rick when I worked as Mrs Claybrook’s caregiver. I enjoyed his memories of Bridgewater College. I enjoyed his stories, his laughter, his knowledge and eating the food I prepared with no complaints. My condolences to Mrs. Claybrook, Helen and Doug and the nephews.
Carolyn Grasse
First Choice Home Health

Lenora McMahan

November 24, 2021

RICKY we grew up together. Cousins so close in age. You sent met images while I worked at the landfill. VI hope between the two of us we set some one the right path. I know the McNeal in us had it in us. I will miss you.

Heather Banks

November 24, 2021

Sorry to learn that Rick Claybrook, as I knew him for only about 5 years at Asbury, will not have more springs to photograph the cherry tree framing Asbury from across the street at the cafe...one of his favorite shots. Along with being a wise judge, he was a superb photographer with a great eye.

Debra Spart

November 24, 2021

Rick was a great friend to the law enforcement community. He was always there for us and willing to help in any way, be it professional or personal. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Rick was a fantastic person and his life will be celebrated by his friends forever. He is unforgettable.

Farley Dorothy

November 22, 2021

I grew up with "Ricky", and as cousins we played together. His sense of humor was present from childhood. He could make you laugh by playing the old pump organ like a circus grinder, or retelling an event with his humorist twist. Will miss the laughter.

Virgil Keyton

November 20, 2021

Rick was a very dedicated to serving our Community, with fellowship and Goodwill. He was always willing to help in anyway he could for the Ruritan. He was a very caring person. The last email I got from him was when I was in the hospital with COVID-19 and he was wishing me to get better. RIP my friend

Carolyn Clark Durham

November 20, 2021

Rick and I met while we were on Governor John N. Dalton's staff and bonded a lasting friendship through all these years forward. His sense of humor, kindness, and loyalty were ever present...a true gentleman who never wavered from his faith and family, I shall fondly remember this good man. My sincere condolences to all during this difficult time.

Blaine Grim

November 19, 2021

Words cannot express how shocked I was to hear of Judge Claybrook’s passing. He has been a friend to me since I first made his acquaintance in the late ‘80’s. He along with others were instrumental in my decision to pursue and subsequently become Harrisonburg GOP chair in 1990. He was always willing to lend a hand and was always such a source of encouragement to me. I will miss his wit and his friendship. May God bless and comfort his family.

James Clough

November 19, 2021

Judge Claybrook, was a colleague and friend of mine for over 30 years, he was a good judge, a respected attorney, and most of all a fine gentleman , He will be missed.