Clayton Wayland Ries

January 2, 1944March 2, 2019

Clayton Wayland Ries was born in Mason, MI on January 2nd, 1944 to Esther and Dale Ries. Clayton joined the graces of God on March 2nd, 2019. He is preceded in death by his parents; Esther and Dale Ries, brothers; Don Ries, Gilbert Ries, Gordon Ries, Sister; Georgia Osterle, and son; Gregory Wayland Ries. Clayton is survived by his wife, Betty Lou Ries (Prater) of 56 years, Children; Chad Clayton (Freddy) and CW Brett (Erin) and his five grandchildren; Jalen, Megan, Macie, Chantel, and Cole Ries and brothers; Milton and Richard Ries. Clayton grew up in Dansville, MI where he resided with his wife Betty until his time of passing. Clayton was a devoted and hardworking Plumber and Pipefitter at Local 333 where he achieved a 50 year lifetime membership. His time was spent working on numerous projects within the Greater Lansing area and earned the nickname “Butch” from his close friends and colleagues. When not working, Clayton was an avid Michigan State fan and Detroit fan, but enjoyed sports of all kinds. His favorite sport to play was golf, where he spent a lot of time on the green with his wife Betty and closest friends. After retiring in 2002, Clayton dedicated his time to his grandchildren’s numerous sports and activities where you could find him behind a video camera always documenting their accomplishments. One of the many hobbies that Clayton enjoyed was volunteering at Michigan State University Agricultural Food Bank. He enjoyed the several hours of harvesting the fruits and vegetables, as well as gardening and growing flowers in his yard. He was incredibly passionate about the outdoors and daydreamed about catching the biggest walleye in Canada where the Ries family and friends spent many summers! Clayton was a strong, proud and good man with a huge heart! He is loved and will be missed by many. A private memorial service has been scheduled for immediate family members.


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Clayton Wayland Ries

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Tom Hensley

March 11, 2019

Many good times in my earlier years involving the Ries family. I enjoyed many of my fathers friends , especially Clayton . My condolences to Betty , Chad , Brett and family .

Chad Ries

March 10, 2019

Memories my dad are beautiful ones and I am so blessed to have had a father as great as he was. He was a very dedicated family man and we are so grateful to have had him. He devoted so much time into making others happy.
Every year from 1977- 2017 we would take a trip to Canada, which was his favorite place, and every year he would come back with a souvenir of a bear for his wife Betty, that he loved endlessly. In 1986 he lost his olderst son Greg, and ever Since then he was always determined to make everyone’s lives as great as they possibly could be even if it meant sacrificing everything he had.
When he started getting grandkids you could see the love pour from his heart and soul. He was always so proud of them all and loved each of them unconditionally. He showered them with gifts at Christmas, birthdays, and on Easter when he would go and hide eggs for them all. Making us all feel like we were on top of the world (and we were). Nothing mattered to him more than his family. He was an amazing human being, and amazing handyman; able to build anything from a dog house to a powerhouse, which he did. As he built and worked he earned a legendary status.
I will never be able to fill his shoes, but I will forever try to walk in his path. Our lives will never be the same without him here, but I am so glad I have a lifetime of wonderful memories to remember him by. He simply was the most amazing man I have ever seen and I will spend the rest of my life trying to make him proud.

Carol & Paul Kindinger

March 8, 2019

Our precious and wonderful brother-in-law (and Uncle) has always been the pillar of the family! Clayton had a heart of gold......always there to lend a helping hand to family and friends in need. We will certainly miss his sweet contagious smile, his humor, his hospitality and, above all, his tremendous love for people! Clayton had a unique way of making everyone around him feel welcome and special. And, we are SO grateful for all the fun times and memories, which we will always cherish!!

Rest in peace, Clayton.

With all our love,

Paul, Carol & Ryan

Don and Nancy Bracke Bracke

March 7, 2019

We saw Clayton as a strong, proud family man....quiet with a wicked sense of humor. We will miss him at Jalen and Chantel's events.

Dave and Jeanne Kaspryzycki

March 7, 2019

We were so sad to hear that Clayton had passed ,he was a great guy who was always so nice to everyone. Praying for you and your boys Betty.

Tammy Price

March 6, 2019

Uncle Clayton loved his wife and children unconditionally. He was the epitome of a "family man" -- a rarity in the world today. He will rest peacefully knowing that his wife, children, and grandchildren are a strong family unit and that he left a lasting impact on his family that will transcend generations -- family, faith, and love are keys to a happy life. Aunt Betty, Chad, and Brett can be at peace knowing Uncle Clayton is at rest with Greg.


Tammy and Mikayla

Joe Kain

March 5, 2019

I had the great honor to know and work with Butch for over 30 years. Butch and I worked together when I was an apprentice and he was one of the smartest and kindest men I have ever met. There wasn’t one person who worked at Shaw Winkler that did not want Butch on their job. My sincerest condolences go out to his wife Betty, his sons Brett and Chad andtheir families.Butch will be sorely missed by all of us.

Joseph Faggion

March 4, 2019

I worked with Clayton back in the late 70s when we worked for Shaw Winkler.
I really enjoyed working with him.
He was a great person.
My condolences to the family.
Rest in Peace Butch !

Denise and Jeff Beauchamp

March 4, 2019

We were so saddened to hear of your loss. We were so blessed to have had the honor of having Clayton as a friend. We had such wonderful times golfing with him and Betty in our Sunday group at HANKERD Hills.

We will never forgot our fun with this kind, gentle man. And the laughs with his wonderful sense of humor.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Betty and her family during this difficult time.