Clayton Tallon passed away peacefully at Pioneer Manor on October 24, 2020. Clayton was born on October 17, 1932 to Thomas and Katie (Skoda) in Rushville, NE.
Clayton was raised on the ranch 12 miles north of Rushville by his grandparents Charlie and Bessie Skoda. He attended the Craven Creek School and rode his horse 5 miles each way. He moved to Rushville when he entered the 7th grade to live with his mother and graduated in 1950.
Clayton met the love of his life, Doris Colwell, at the roller-skating ring in the basement of the Plains Theatre. They were married on December 28, 1951 and to this union 4 children were born: Peg, Mike, Vic and Sally. He and Doris lived on the family farm until they moved to Pioneer Manor.
Clayton was a Mason and served as Worthy Master for Amity Lodge. He worked at the Rushville Sale Barn for many years and was on many boards and committees.
Clayton loved to tell stories and always had a good joke he could share. He loved to rock hunt, do wood working, read, listen to jazz music, but most of all he loved to visit. There was always someone stopping by to sit on the porch. Usually they were invited in for one of Doris’s homecooked meals or to have a drink or two.
Clayton and Doris were so proud of their grandchildren and all they accomplished. They didn’t miss a game or event if they could possibly be there.
Clayton was a devout democrat and got his last vote in for president a couple of weeks ago. He and Doris changed parties to vote for a family friend, but you can bet they were at the courthouse the day after election to change back to the democratic party.
Clayton moved to the Assisted Living to be closer to Doris. Even though she did not remember a lot of people she always remembered him. She would often tell him she wanted to go home, and he would tell her this is our home now.
Clayton lived to turn 88 years the week before he passed. He had the best life. He loved his family and friends and most of all he loved Doris, his wife of 68 years.
He is survived by his 4 children, Peg (Tom) Kuester of Rushville, Mike Tallon of Homer, Alaska, Vic (Pam) Tallon of Windsor, CO and Sally (Jeff) Weldon of Peyton, CO, 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
On behalf of his family we would like to thank the entire staff at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home in Hay Springs for their love and care that they provided for our parents during their stay.
A Celebration of Life for Clayton and Doris was held Friday October 30, 2020 at the Rushville American Legion. A memorial has been established for the Rushville Ambulance Fund (who gave Clayton and Doris many safe and fast rides) or the Holly Church for the upkeep of the cemetery where Clayton and Doris are now buried.