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Clayton Henry

Oct. 14, 2014, at Country View Senior Living Center in North Liberty. Inurnment will be at a private service in Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina, Kansas. Arrangements are by Iowa Cremation, Cedar Rapids.
Clayton was born in Scott City, Kansas, son of Edna Forrest Henry and Hiram Henry. He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his brother, Cletous L. Henry.
Salina, Kansas, is where Clayton spent most of his youth. Mathematics, baseball and basketball were the top interests of his young life. Awards were given to him for being a top student in Kansas for math achievement, as well as Latin over a several year span. He also played professional baseball as a pitcher.
After completing one year at Graceland University in Lamoni, he served in the U.S. Navy for three years during World War II, becoming an officer.
Post-war, he continued his education at the University of Iowa, earning a master’s degree.
Teaching math and coaching most sports became the vocation of his life. Employment found him at Burris High School, Muncie, Indiana; Iowa City High; Wyandotte, Kansas City, Kansas; Shawnee Mission Schools and Graceland University.
During the mid-1950s, the Cold War period, a three-year hiatus from teaching found him working for the Rand Corporation. While there, he successfully pioneered with others to develop and program computerized air defense against incoming missiles. The U.S. Air Force purchased the product.
In addition to his chosen profession, Clayton served Jesus the Christ from childhood throughout his long life, holding varied ministerial offices in the Community of Christ Church. He had insight as to the sacredness of individuals and their great worth and sought to bring comforting ministry to all.
Clayton is survived by his wife, Donna Robertson Henry. On Oct. 23, they would have celebrated 69 years of marriage. Also surviving are his sons, Greg (Millicent) Henry of Hannibal, Missouri, and Lee Henry of Pella; daughters, Barbara (Brian) Oldale of Athabasca, AB, Canada, Janet Henry of San Antonio, Texas, and Ann Henry of North Liberty; a niece, Marilyn (Keith) Jerden of Grand Prairie, Texas; along with 14 grandchildren, we cherish eight great-grandchildren.
For nearly four years, Country View has provided loving care for Clayton. Special thanks are due Heidi, Kelly, Hope, Eddie, and many other staff members. Iowa City Hospice also has been so caring.
We are so appreciative and thankful for the many services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs, such as financial aid, doctors’ care, medicine and needed medical goods. We are honored, greatly, by the respect you have given this service man.