ANDERSON -- William Gordon “Bill” Clay, 90, of Anderson, died Aug. 12, 2013, at his residence after a six- month illness.
He was born Oct. 26, 1922, in Rolla, Mo., to Lowell and Edna (Boyer) Clay.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He flew more than 150 missions and earned 4 stars in the Navy as a Turret Gunner.
He owned and operated Gentry Cabinets for over 50 years.
He was a member of Chesterfield Christian Church for 50 years, Elks 209, Chesterfield Optimist Club, American Legion and the Madison County Home Builders’ Association.
He loved to garden, farm, his horses, bird watching and his dog, Ben.
Survivors include his daughters, Sharon (Chauncey) Blackford of Anderson, Nancy (Joe) Richwine of Marion, and Cindy (Dean) Franklin of Anderson; stepdaughter, Sharon (Darrell) Kennedy of Anderson; five grandchildren, Stephanie (Nik) Carothers of Huntington, Lisa (Lee PhD) Clapp of Cincinnati, Ohio, Amy Richwine, PhD (companion, Brad King, DVM) of Indianapolis, and Dean W. Franklin and Ron Franklin both of Anderson; four great-grandchildren, Dylan Clapp, Avery Clapp, Morgan Richwine and Jared Richwine; several stepgrandchildren; and several stepgreat-grandchildren;
He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives, Frances Clay in 1986 and Zoë Ellen Clay in 2009; two grandsons, Scott Hayes and Jeff Richwine; and his brother, Robert Clay.
He was one of the most unselfish and most giving persons that ever walked on God’s Gentle Earth. He always put his family before his needs and was always loving, forgiving, trusting and giving to others in need, He always stayed true to the Lord throughout his whole life. He never pushed his belief on anyone, he just lived it himself. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather who always put his family first.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Chesterfield Christian Church with Ned Clark officiating. Burial will be in East Maplewood Cemetery with military rites by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 266 Honor Guard.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Service, Anderson.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Madison County Humane Society or Chesterfield Christian Church.
Post online condolences at www.rozelle-johnson.com or www.theheraldbulletin.com.