Clayton L. Gaines

Clayton L. Gaines, age 64, of St. Joseph, MO, passed away Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, at Mosaic Life Care. He was born May 18, 1954, to Elton Leroy and Martha Jean (Brewer) Gaines in Bethesda, MD.

Clayton graduated in 1972 from Penney High School in Hamilton and Chillicothe Area Vocational Technical School in 1974. He married Peggy Frazier on Aug. 2, 1974, in Hamilton; she survives of the home.

Clayton worked with his hands caring for people and their machinery. He worked at John Deere Consumer Products with Stuart Mosier and Jim Meade. Then he struck out on his own for 20 years, enjoying being his own boss! For the last four years, he has loved working at Gray Manufacturing.

He was a member of the Wyatt Park Baptist Church and was an organ donor.

Clayton loved and respected nature. His gardening skills were known community wide. He enjoyed and loved many dear friends and his family.

Additional survivors include his daughter, Sara; parents; grandchildren, Bryston, Bree, Leson and Malachi; brothers, Mark and Chuck Gaines (Debbie); sister, Carol Henderson (Doug); uncle and aunt, Bob H. and Mary Ester Easterday; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family. He would be so touched by all the love shown to his family at this very tender time from his friends.

Farewell services for Clayton will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday at Wyatt Park Baptist Church in St. Joseph. The family will gather with friends from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday at Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory in St. Joseph. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Wyatt Park Baptist Church, American Heart Association, or American Red Cross. An online guest book and obituary may be accessed at

(paid obituary)


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