John W. “Jack” Clayton, 84, passed away at his home in Milford Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. He was born in Latrobe, Pa., Nov. 18, 1936, to the late Bud and Margaret Moore.
Jack proudly served his country for over 20 years with the U.S. Air Force in Michigan, Texas and Delaware and was a veteran of Vietnam. He worked as a production control scheduler at the Hydraulics Specialist and Instrumentalist School. Once stateside, he worked as an electrician for the City of Milford as well as holding many positions at General Foods, retiring from both places.
He enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson. Jack was a founding member of the Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club Delaware, serving as sergeant of arms (SOA).
In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded by his beloved wife of 38 years, Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Moore Clayton.
He is survived by his caretaker, who was like a daughter, Mary Gallo and her husband and his biker buddy, Frank Gallo; a stepgrandson, Rob Pacvkowski Jr.; dear friends, Mike Bichy and Brittney Swam, who helped care for him; as well as some very special neighbors. A special thank you to the entire staff of Delaware Hospice Center, especially his nurse, Tiffany, for their care and attentiveness, allowing Jack to remain in the comfort of his own home
Memorial Services will be held with Military Honors at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro Friday, April 23, at 2 p.m. All in attendance must wear a mask and adhere to social distancing and gathering protocols.
As Jack would have it, he will arrive in style inside a Patriotic Eagle Motorcycle Tank Urn, riding one last ride with his biker buddies. If you wish to ride along to celebrate the life of John W. “Jack” Clayton, meet up at the Milford Elks Lodge #2401, 18951 Elks Lodge Rd., Milford Friday, April 23. Kickstands up at 12:45 p.m.
Arrangements in the care of Berry-Short Funeral Home, Milford. Online condolences may be left at www.shortfuneralservicesandcremation.com