Clayton Walter Ebert, 94, passed into eternal life on March 2, 2021 surrounded by his loving wife and daughters.
Clayton was born in Lena, WI on January 19, 1927 to the late Walter and Florence (Schwab) Ebert, and was the oldest of three brothers. His family owned and operated a cheese factory and he became a licensed cheesemaker. Clayton graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1944, and was drafted into the United States Army in 1945. He was stationed in Japan with the 3rd Engineer Combat Battalion during World War II.
Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, he returned stateside and began working at The Seymour State Bank. It was in Seymour that he met his wife of almost 70 years, Audrey (Mielke). Together, they launched the independent insurance agency, Ebert-Truyman. Clayton remained the owner and founder for 33 years until his retirement.
Clayton loved the Seymour community and was active in numerous organizations. He was a member of the Seymour Chamber of Commerce, Crystal Springs Golf Course, and Seymour American Legion Post 106, where he participated in military funerals as part of the Honor Guard. He was a president of the Seymour Kiwanis Club and was presented the George F. Nixon award for outstanding service. Clayton was a long-time supporter and attendee of the New Life United Methodist Church of Seymour where he served on various committees.
A sports enthusiast all of his life, Clayton was on the high school football and basketball teams at OFHS and played in a softball league in Seymour. He was an avid golfer. He marshalled numerous tournaments and on Thursdays you could find him at Crystal Springs, playing in their Men's League. Most of all, Clayton loved watching the Green Bay Packers play football and one of his fondest memories as a season ticketholder was attending the Ice Bowl.
Nothing made Clayton happier than traveling with Audrey by his side. He loved a good road trip and exploring new places. He could sit for hours and recount vivid details of his favorite trips with friends and family. Clayton was incredibly handy and could fix anything. There was no point in throwing something away if it could be salvaged with a little help from WD-40 and duct tape.
One of Clayton's greatest joys was his family. He is survived by his wife of almost 70 years, Audrey (Mielke); his daughters Nancy (Daniel) Den Boer, Sherry (Stephen) Arthur and his six grandchildren, Katherine (Patrick Fuchs) Den Boer, Emily Den Boer, James Arthur, Meaghan Arthur, Jennifer Arthur (fiancé Taylor Beairsto), and Grace Arthur. He is also survived by his brother Gary (Myrna) Ebert, sister-in-law Rose (Robert) Mielke and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Florence Ebert; his brother Duane F. Ebert; his father and mother in-law, Reuben and Nelda Mielke and his brother-in-law, Robert Mielke.
A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations in Clayton's name can be made to Seymour's Community 2000 and the Salvation Army. Burial with military honors by the Krause-Kraft-Mueller Seymour American Legion Post #106 will follow in the Seymour City Cemetery.
Online condolences may be expressed to Clayton's family at www.muehlboettcher.com