Stanley Robert Wells Clayville

October 25, 1929September 15, 2021

Stanley Robert Wells Clayville was born in Portland, Oregon on October 25, 1929 to George and Bertha Clayville. He attended Washington High School and then joined the Navy after graduation.

He served as a radio operator on submarines during the Korean Conflict. He then went on to serve for 22 years in the Army Reserves in the 451st Civil Affairs Group; earning a rank of Sergeant First Class. Stan worked for the US Postal Service as an electronics technician and later went on to work as a bookkeeper at a real estate company.

In 1965, Stan attended community college, where he was introduced to Marie Allen. The two quickly fell for each other and married soon after. Family meant everything to Stan and his family loved him. He was a kind, gentle soul; adored by his children and grandchildren.

Church was also very important to Stan. He was a long-time member of Montavilla United Methodist Church and enjoyed Bible Study very much; during his attendance with Marie, and even during his time in his retirement community.

Stan and his family enjoyed many camping trips. He and Marie loved to fish on these trips and enjoyed going to Pacific City most of all. They also loved to travel to more exotic places, often with his sister June joining them. Stan went all around Europe and even visited Hong Kong. One year, Stan and Marie joined Michael and his family and friends on a trip to Germany during Oktoberfest.

He was preceded in death by his parents: George and Bertha; his wife, Marie; his daughters: Terry and Vicky and his sister, Cathleen June. He is survived by his sons: Michael and Daniel; grandchildren: Keith, Kristen, Zachary, Stephanie, Derek, Dylan and Nicholas; great-grandchildren: Jason, Evelyn, and Zoey.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at Crossroads Church, 2505 NE 102nd Ave, Portland. A committal service will be held at 11:30am on Monday, October 25, 2021 at Willamette National Cemetery.


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Bobbi Ayers

October 15, 2021

My first clear memory of Uncle Stan is him caring for his mother who lived in his home. Her hands were curled up from painful arthritis. She needed a wheelchair for mobility and help with most tasks of daily living. I recall as a child thinking how kind and thoughtful Uncle Stan was by the way he cared for her so lovingly, brushing her hair and washing her face with great tenderness. This pattern of love continued with his wife, daughters, sons, grandchildren, sister, and great grandbabies ... I always remember him sacrificially serving others. He joyfully helped at church, community and family functions--everywhere I saw him.

And isn't he funny?! He told corny jokes and wrote poems, including a very meaningful one for my mom at her celebration of life.

Perhaps the most meaningful memory for me was in Uncle Stan's final days when he was curled up in the hospital bed at home, in pain. He asked how our pastor friend who had COVID was doing and wanted to pray together with me for him. Amazing! He was still caring for and ministering to others. Those last couple of weeks he would prayerfully lift his hands and his eyes toward heaven in worship and say, "Oh thank you God, thank you, thank you, thank you. I am a blessed man. You have blessed me so much and I am so grateful for this life. Thank you, thank you, thank you!" This was a precious time of him communing with his Lord, and it happened quite regularly. What a beautiful picture of strong faith and trust.

Hug Jesus for me Uncle Stan! I love you lots and I'll sure miss you.