Clayton E. Stark, 75, of Platteville, passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at his home, with his family beside him, after a long hard battle with cancer.

Friends may call from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 28, 2014 at the Melby Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville, where there will be a Prayer service with Military Rites Accorded by American Legion Post #42 and VFW Post #5274 and Fireman’s Honor at 6:00 p.m. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Platteville. Immediately following the service there will be a Celebration of Life at the Platteville Elk’s Lodge, 50 South Oak St. Platteville.

Memorials may be made to the Clayton E. Stark Memorial Fund. The Melby Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville, is serving the family. Online condolences can be made at www.melbyfh.com

Clayton was born on June 14, 1939 in Platteville the son of William “Bill” and Verda (Curtis) Stark. Clayton lived in Platteville all his life. When he got out of high school he went into the National Guards. When he arrived back in Platteville, he went to work for Jake Trumm at his mobile station. From there he went on to work for Leonard Lonsberg at Rural Excavating, Platteville, until he met and fell in love with Doris Pluemer. They were united in marriage on November 29, 1963, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Platteville, and had four daughters.

Clayton moved on to better himself and work at the Platteville Co-Op before he ended up working for the Platteville Water and Sewer Dept. until retirement. After he retired from there he still couldn’t stop working so he worked part time for his son-in-law, Rob, at the Platteville Golf and Country Club. He later decided retirement was meant to be so he and Doris spent time traveling together. They would travel to their cabin, took a trip to Kentucky, and they also traveled up north to visit family.

Clayton was also a Boy Scout and was an honored rank of Eagle Scout. He was a volunteer fireman for 31 years. He was also a member of the American Legion. But his best in life, besides his wife, were his grandkids and great-grandkids. If Clayton wasn’t woodworking, gardening, or tinkering on his mechanical projects, he was enjoying whatever each grandchild was doing and watching his great-grandchildren grow. They all made him smile from ear to ear and his eyes would light up when he spoke of them. Clayton touched so many people’s lives and would do whatever he could for anyone.

He is survived by his wife, Doris, of 50 years; four daughters, Jean (Gary) McCartney of Platteville; Brenda (Bob) Riemer of Elco, WI; Ann (Rob) Udelhofen and Lisa Stark, both of Platteville. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Danielle and Jason McCartney, John and Brittany Riemer, Jesse, Joshua, and Jamie Udelhofen, and Kayla and Clayton Stark; six great-grandchildren, Sophia and Sawyer Udelhofen, Aiden Riemer, Aurora Udelhofen Riemer, Dylan Nihles, and Gracie Shafer; step-granddaughter, Sherri Potter; brother, David Stark (fiancé, Michelle) from Byron, IL; nephews, Kenny (Dusty) Browning, Kevin (Gail) Browning of Kentucky; and Greg (Kris) Stark of Byron, IL; a very special friend who was like a brother, Bernie Jones and his Broadway neighbors and friends, Lenny and Marilee Lonsberg. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Keith and Gordon Stark; sister, Ila Browning; and sister-in-law, Joyce Stark.

Dad, the pain is gone and you can now be at peace. We will miss you more than you will ever know, but just remember, you are with loved ones and friends and they will take care of you now until the time comes when there will be a day that we will all be together again. We love you always.