Earnest Wayne Claypole

Earnest Wayne Claypole, 81, of Liberty, and formerly of Richmond, died Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at his home.

Wayne was born June 1, 1933 in Ray County, to George B. and Cora Opal (Campbell) Claypole. He married Margie Kay Fields of Richmond June 7, 1959; she survives of the home.

Wayne was a United States Air force Veteran of the Korean War. He was an air traffic controller for 30 years before retiring in 1989. He was also a farmer. He was a member of the Chandler Baptist Church in Liberty. Wayne had lived in Liberty most of his life. He was devoted family man.

Additional survivors include one daughter, Michelle Kay Walker of Liberty; five brothers and four sisters-in-law, George and Judy Claypole of Polo, Kenneth and Karen Claypole of Richmond, Harry Allen Claypole of Liberty, Morris and Suzanne Claypole of Mirabile, and Neal and Karen Claypole of Gladstone; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Helen Condron of Chillicothe,  Dorothy Rogers of Merrian, Kan. and Irma Faye and Ivan Rinehart of Independence; one granddaughter, Ashley Claypole; and several nieces and nephews including, Kaydence Marie Ellis, Nina Sophia Ellis- Santiago, Anastasia Nicole Ellis also survive.
In addition to his parents, Wayne was preceded in death by one brother, Gerald Claypole.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to either the Parkinson’s Foundation or the American Lung Association.

Funeral services will be held Monday, July 21,  at 2 p.m. at Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond. Visitation will be Monday, July 21,  from 1 to 2 p.m. at Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond. Burial will be in the Richmond Memory Gardens Cemetery where military honors will be provided by the Ray County Veterans. Online condolences may be left at

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