Clayton Pace Jr., 84, of Alton, Mo., was born Jan. 14, 1925, in Winchester, Ky., the son of Clayton Pace and Edna Hignite Pace. He died Feb. 26, 2009, at Alton.
He grew up near Orange, Ind., and graduated from Orange High School. He was a star player on his high school basketball team,
After graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy for three years of service, making him an honored World War II veteran. During his time of enlistment, he was on the Navy basketball team.
After his tour of duty he married Frances Gaylord, and they made their home in Connersville, Ind. To this union two children were born: John Clayton Pace and Julie Ann Pace. In 1964, he moved his family to Escondido, Calif., and he lived there until he moved to Couch, Mo., in 1972. While living in Couch he farmed and was especially a fan and supporter of Couch Indians High School Basketball. In 1997, his health began to fail and he moved to Cleveland, Tenn., to be near his son and grandchildren. In 2000, he moved with them to Springfield, Mo., and two years later he moved to Alton, Mo., the place he considered to be home.
His final years were spent at Shepherd's View.
He is survived by: his son and daughter-in-law, John and Diane Pace of Springfield, Mo.; a daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Michael Hoff of La Quinta, Calif.; one brother, William Pace of Columbus, Ohio; and eight grandchildren, Evin, Hannah, Molli, Sofie, Jes and Lily Pace, Shauna Crider and Emily Hoff.
He was preceded in death by: his father and mother; his sister, Betty; and his brother, Lucien.
A memorial service was held March 1 at the Clary Funeral Home in Alton. Arrangements were made under the direction of the Clary Funeral Home of Alton.
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