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Paul W. Clay
Paul W. ClayHorseshoe PitchingPaul W. Clay, age 74, of Richwood, formerly of LaRue, died Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Marion General Hospital.  He was born January 27, 1938 in LaRue to the late Frank E. and Ferne Marie (Uncapher) Clay.  He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Debbie Clay Gulick, and two sisters, Jean Ann Clay and Betty Allen.

On January 31, 1961 he married the former M. Jean Pulver in Illinois and she survives in Richwood.

He was a 1956 graduate of LaRue High School.  A retired farmer, he also worked at Whirlpool for over 30 years in the quality control department.  He was a member of the Marion, Kenton and Marysville Horseshoe Associations and was a 4-H advisor and was active with the Richwood Independent Fair.  He and his wife, Jean had been foster parents for over 20 years.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Brett (Rose) Clay, Gahanna; two daughters, Paula Shaffer, California; Vicki (Tim) Smith, Cincinnati; nine grandchildren, Branden and Alex Gulick; Aaron and Ashley Shaffer; Cody and Kayle Smith; Felecia, Quinten and Sierra Clay and a special nephew.

Graveside services will be Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM at Price Cemetery with Pastor Dave Lippert officiating.  There will be no calling hours.

Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org), 5555 Frantz Rd., Dublin, OH 43017 or Hardin County Horseshoe Club, 4393 State Route 235, Ada, OH  45810, Attn: Doug Crawford or Marion County Horseshoe Club, 2055 Crissinger Road, Marion, OH  43302.

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#1 from: Rachel Clay
Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this time of sorrow.  

Rachel, Felecia, Quinten, Sierra Clay

#2 from: Tim Smith
Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Paul was more than a father inlaw to me, He was a friend. I looked up to him when no one else knew about it. He helped us so much over the years with our house and my cars and life. He would encourage me as a father figure and tell me i could do it when i had doubts about something we or i was doing, somethign that lacked at times in my life as a child. Only the Lord knows how much ill miss him.
I will miss him going to cruise ins and cars shows which people know we love cars.Paul was an honest true hard working man. He could ware me out working even though he was 20 years older. Im not gonna tell Paul bye, just that ill see him in a little bit . He is in the Lords hands now. Ill be with him and my family thats gone on one day.May the Lord bless all the family. Ill be praying. God bless Paul and Jean that have done so much for Vicki,Cody, Kayle and I. Youll be missed. God bless always and forever.

#3 from: The Red Barn Mobile Home Assoc.
Bushnell,Florida 33513
Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Jean and Family, our thoughts are with you.
We will miss him a lot. He was well liked in our
park and all the things he did for us. He will
be sadly missed by all.

#4 from: AL & Mary Haberman
Batesville, MS
Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM

We're so sorry to hear of Paul's passing, he will be missed by many.

Please accept our sympathies and condolences, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

#5 from: Greg Harper
Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 6:22 PM

My deepest sympathy to the Clay family on your loss of Paul, I have many memories of Paul as I was growing up.You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 6:52 PM


#7 from: Tim Smith
Sat, Oct 13, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Addendum to prior condolences: My father passed away in 1990. The Lord sent Paul into my life to fill the void. The Lord always knows what you are in need of.He was more than a father in law, he was a father,encourager and mentor that i looked up to.And always will. I hope i can be half the man he was. God bless.

Sat, Oct 13, 2012 at 6:38 PM

my through and prayers go out to all the family. pastor of the house of refuge in cincinnati ohio where his daughter vickie and her family attend. pastor robert cox.

#9 from: Kayle Smith
Cincinnati, Ohio
Sun, Oct 14, 2012 at 8:10 PM

October 13, 2012
Paul was my grandpa. I got so exsided when he came up to our house. He and grandma used to take me to chuckie cheeses all the time. He always love to tickle me and make me laugh. He was the best grandpa i have ever had. Grandma and him used to take me to the outlet store and get me shoes or clothes. One day grandpa took me to his horshoe game and he tought me how to play. I know that he is with God and i will be there with him someday. Grandpa was always there for me. I'm glad that i got to see him when he was alive. I will never forget you Grandpa.
I love you <3


Kayle Smith

#10 from: Jean (Bevis) Clingenpeel
Marion, OH
Sun, Oct 14, 2012 at 10:27 PM

With Deep Sympathy I pray you to find comfort in all the happy memories. All the people to ever know Paul certainly admired and respected him for being just Paul and the fact that he loved all that he was involved in and loved family and living life.  Many sincere blessings to Jean and family.

#11 from: Jackie & Tim Fown
LaRue, Ohio
Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 2:00 AM

Paula, Vicki, Jean and Brett, You have my deepest sympathies.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families!  

#12 from: Cookie and Gerry Strauser
Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 8:49 AM

It goes without saying we will miss Paul. Our activities will not be the same.

Cookie and Gerry (Brother with a different mother)

#13 from: Jo ellen KING
Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 8:29 AM

I was so sorry to hear about Paul.
I will always remember his quite way , an the love he showed for all the Foster children.
Again I am very sorry .


#14 from: Heather (Dice) Fenton
Phoenix, AZ
Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 4:31 AM

   Paul was a great foster Dad. I still remember working the farm with him. I just hope you know I learned some great lessons from you both. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Lots of love and prayers to you and your family.

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