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Lewis “Clayton” Yost

Lewis “Clayton” Yost, age 94, of Darwin, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, at Cedar Crest Estates in Hutchinson.

Lewis “Clayton” Yost was born Aug. 12, 1912, in Bristow, Iowa, the son of Guy and Vera (Hites) Yost.He was baptized as an infant, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth.

Clayton received his education in Kensington, Minn.

He entered active military service in the US Army Aug. 29, 1942, and served his country as a heavy equipment mechanic during World War II in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre. He received an honorable discharge Feb. 13, 1949.

Clayton was united in marriage to Maxine “Charlie” Wagner May 28, 1955, at the United Methodist Church in Litchfield. The couple resided in Hutchinson, and the Lake Washington area, before moving to Darwin in 1996. They shared 51 years of marriage.

Clayton held employment as an auto mechanic for the Minneapolis Equipment Company in Minneapolis, until he retired in 1975.

He was a member of the Vineyard United Methodist Church in Hutchinson.

Clayton was also a member of the Western Minnesota Steam Thrashers Association in Rollag, Minn., the Hutchinson VFW Post 906, and the Darwin Community Club. He held the distinction of being named Darwin Person of the Year in 2002.

Clayton enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, and duck hunting. He especially enjoyed the time he spent with his wife, and many nieces and nephews.

Clayton became a resident of the Cedar Crest Estates in Hutchinson Sept. 12, 2005, when he needed assistance with his daily care.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at Vineyard United Methodist Church in Hutchinson, with the Rev. Scott Daniels officiating. The organist was Kay Hayden, and congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art” and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” Interment was in Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson, with military honors by the Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad.

Clayton is survived by his wife, Maxine “Charlie” Yost of Darwin; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Vera Yost; brothers Donald Yost and Darwin Yost; and sisters Mildred Sorenson and Viola Bjorkaas.

Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson.

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