Reverend Leonard Cuthbert Claxton, 96, handed away on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, at Riverwood Healthcare Heart, Aitkin.
He was born on Easter Sunday, April 1, 1923 to Cuthbert A. and Mary H. (Jones) Claxton of Superior, Wis. Len was the seventh of 9 kids born to English immigrants, and was all the time charged with caring for his youthful sister. He grew up in Superior, Wis. with hobbies of images and constructing mannequin airplanes. He additionally loved enjoying in knowledgeable harmonica trio. Not lengthy afterwards, he joined the U.S. Marines changing into an lively responsibility communications corpsman rising to the extent of Corporal in WW II. He served from 1942 to 1946, however by no means noticed fight whereas deployed within the Pacific area.
After an honorable discharge from the service, he took coaching to turn into a railroad telegrapher with the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad making good use of his coaching within the army. Finally, he lived in Hadley, Minn. proper throughout the road from the Gamble household, only a block north of the depot the place he labored.
Leonard and Shirley (Gamble) had been married in April of 1948 and shortly began their household. After 20 years with the railroad and whereas elevating a household of 4, Leonard started finding out for the Episcopal priesthood. He was ordained in 1966 and his first parish was Grafton, N.D. Over the course of the subsequent 50-plus years, Rev. Leonard Claxton served church buildings in North Dakota, Montana and Minnesota. His final parish being in Cloquet, Minn.
Len and Shirley then determined to maneuver south for his or her retirement; all the way in which to southern Minnesota the place Shirley’s prolonged household lived close by. They purchased a small farm and divided their time between gardening, mowing, internet hosting household reunions and offering Sunday providers as requested by space church buildings. Len continued with hobbies began over time together with wooden carving and different constructing, working with their assorted assortment of rocks of all description, even faceting of treasured jewels.
Leonard’s closing dwelling was right here in Aitkin on the River’s Edge Assisted Residing after spending a few years at Goldfinch Assisted Residing in Fairmont, Minn., the place he and Shirley spent their time after transferring off the farm.
Leonard was preceded in dying by his spouse, Shirley; his mother and father; sisters, Emily and Florence; brothers, Wm. Harold and Edward “Ted”, and granddaughter Angela.
Leonard is survived by one sister, Dorothy Webster, Superior, Wis.; daughter, Beverly (Mencer) Johnson, Aitkin; son, Donald, Pepin, Wis.; grandson, Brian (Mary), great-granddaughter, Emily, Greely, Colo.; daughter, Jacquelyn, El Paso, Texas; granddaughter Carrie (Ted) Schuster; great-gransdsons: Wyatt, Grayson, Boden, Missoula, Mont.; granddaughter Audrey (Derek) Miller; great-granddaughter Darcy; great-grandson Ryan; great-granddaughter McKenna, Submit Falls, Idaho; granddaughter Julie (John) Hartman, Lancaster, Calif.; granddaughter Katie Saunders; great-grandson, Nathan, Ponte Vedra Seaside, Fla.; son John (Cathy), Billings, Mont.; granddaughter, Erin, Wheaton, Sick.; grandson Evan, Missoula, Mont.; a number of nieces, nephews and different kin and associates.
Providers had been held at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Aitkin, on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at midday. Reverend Randy Wellsand of St. Cloud presided and organ music was supplied by Terry Hoopman, Moose Lake. Interment will probably be within the Highland Dwelling Cemetery in Hadley, Minn. in southwestern Minnesota, at a later date.
Sorenson-Root-Thompson Funeral Dwelling and Cremation Providers of Aitkin assisted Leonard’s household. www.srtfuneral.com.