Louie Clayborn “Clay” Wester was born on July 29, 1927 in Caddo County, Oklahoma to Louie and Mary (Bloyed) Wester. He took his first great journey in 1929 by conestoga wagon pulled by mules to Weleeka, Oklahoma. His parents, tenant farmers, were exceedingly poor people in a state and time of great poverty. What they lacked in material goods they made up for with a wealth of riches in their good humor and love. He helped care for his siblings from a young age and carried some of the responsibility.
Clay was inducted into the U.S. Army, July 1947 prior to his 18th birthday. He served until July 1949 as a Corporal. He received the Army of Occupation Medal and Continental Service Award. Clay was a member of the 513th Motor Vehicle Squadron serving in Camp Kilmer, New Jersey.
In August of 1958 he married Velta Mae Boydston, from this union he gained a daughter, Judy and born to this union were Rhonda and Cathie. Clay and Velta owned a trailer park in Jenks, where he was a volunteer firefighter, and helped in planning the expansion of that city. The family moved to Maysville in 1963, where Clay worked and retired with DX/Sunoco in 1984. After retirement, he worked on the farm and raised cattle.
He is survived by his daughters, Judy Reed of Glenpool, OK and Rhonda Blish of Maysville.
Grandchildren: Steve Carter and Cheryl Harvey of Glenpool, OK; Lauren Pettit and husband Devery of Alex, OK; Clayton Blish and wife Molly of Moore, OK.
Great grandchildren: Ray and Owen Pettit; Hudson, Kala, and Milena Blish; Josh Carter and Zach Harvey.
Sisters: Jeanette Carden, Laura Danley, Wanda Williams, and Edna Tatum.
Clay was preceded in death by his parents, Louie and Mary Wester; wife, Velta; Cathie Wester; son-in-law, Tim Blish; and brothers: Joe Wester, Johnnie Wester, David Wester, and Buford Wester.
In lieu of flowers and food, the family has requested donations be made to the Maysville Education Foundation, PO Box 850, Maysville, OK 73057.
Private family services will be held with burial following at the Maysville Cemetery under the direction of John W. Williams of Winans Funeral Home, Maysville, OK. Words of comfort may be sent to the family at www.winansfuneralhome.com