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Clayton Leaym

October 6, 1948 - February 23, 2022
Traverse City, MI


Life Story / Obituary


Clayton Arnold Leaym, 73, of Traverse City, died Wednesday, February 23, 2022.

He was born on October 6, 1948 in Port Huron the son of Donald Rolland and Marjorie Aileen Bartley. He graduated from Port Huron High School. After high school he got married and then joined the Army and served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1972.

After returning home he became a cabinet marker and had two children.

Clayton had a 30 year career in the Plumbing business from his Apprenticeship to becoming a Master Plumber. He was the owner of Leaym Plumbing. He was also a builder locally building homes and worked on the Towers at the Grand Traverse Resort.

Clayton loved nature, living in the woods on the lake. He enjoyed Amusement Parks, Shooting Craps and was a good Card Player. He loved his property and had his own Vineyard with Grapes and made different Wines. He was also great at making Maple Syrup from the Maple Trees on his property. He was a collector of coins, guns he used to hunt and loved boats and fishing and souped up cars. Clayton was an Artist, Photographer, a great cook and loved animals.

He was very smart, funny and quick witted, generous and kind.

Clayton is survived by his children, Lynette (James) Senior, Jennifer (Joe) Manville, Clay (Denise) Leaym and step-son, Chad; grandchildren, Lanae, Autumn, Rose, Michael, Matt, Kether, Ariel, Shelby, Breanna, Dawson, Landon, Joey, Kara, Quinn and Beau and great-grandchildren, Ava, Lylla, Rane, Phoenix, Cali, Kaylon and Klayton and Jordon; brother, Robert (Ruthann) Leaym; sister, Diana (Andrew) Higgins and former wife, Ruth Leaym.

He is preceded in death by his parents, son, Matthew Leaym; brother, Donald Leaym Jr. and first wife, Diane Leaym.

Contributions may be made to the PTSD Foundation of America.

An informal gathering will start at 11 am, Sunday, March 6, 2022 at Life Story Funeral Home. A brief celebration of life will be held at 11:30 am with a food reception to follow until 1pm.

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