Clayton P. Boots, 88, Underwood, died May 14, 2014, in a Bismarck hospital. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Bonaventure's Catholic Church, Underwood. Officiating will be Fr. Patrick Cunningham. Interment will be held in the Coleharbor Cemetery with military rites provided by the Turtle Lake American Legion. Visitation will be held today, May 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., at St. Bonaventure's Catholic Church, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.
Clayton was born to Herschel and Alma (Fajerson) Boots on May 1, 1926, in McLean County. He was raised and educated in McLean County and graduated from Coleharbor High School. After high school, he joined the Army in 1946, and was stationed in Occupied Japan.
Clayton married the love of his life, Margaret Huettl, in Garrison on Oct. 8, 1950. Their special bond was evident throughout their many years of marriage. Clayton and Margaret made their home in Coleharbor, where he ran the Sunny Side Service Station and farmed with his father. He later became the rural mail carrier out of Coleharbor, and retired in 1981.
Clayton served on the Underwood School Board, Coleharbor City Council and was the Coleharbor City auditor for many years. During this time he also kept farming until retiring in the early '90s. Clayton and Margaret moved to Underwood in 2000.
He enjoyed gardening, working in the yard, doing woodworking and spending time with his family. Clayton took great pride in sharing his woodworking with his family and friends.
Clayton is survived by: his wife of 63 years, Margaret, Underwood; his children: Myron (Sandy), of Houston, Texas, ValaRae (Ken) Kasbohm, Irvine, Calif., Tim (Nanette), Bismarck, Gail (Rick) Olson, Underwood, and Sue (Dan) Swanson, Bowman; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother: Marvin "Bud" (June) Boots, Washburn; sisters: Paula Simonson, Sun City, Fla., Rosemary (Dennis) Boostrom, Clearwater, Fla., and Janice Padget, Sun City, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herschel and Alma; granddaughter, Ashley Swanson; sisters, Gloria and Muriel; and a brother, Harold.
Memorials: Are preferred to Coleharbor Cemetery, St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, Underwood, or a charity of your choice.
Please visit (www.goetzfuneralhomes.com) to sign the online guestbook and to share memories of Clayton with his family.