Patrick Claywell, 81 of St. Louis died on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Bethesda Dilworth Hospice Care following a 22-year fight with Parkinson’s disease. He leaves his loving wife of 61 years, Jo Ann (Emery) Claywell; his son, Michael (Victoria) Claywell; his daughter, Tracy Claywell Williams; grandchildren Patrick Claywell, Ashley (Chris) Vanausdoll, Brittany Williams; great grandchildren Jerra and Emery Vanausdoll; sister, Carol Bourbon, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Born and raised in St. Louis on August 4, 1939 to parents Horace and Eva (Hodge), he graduated from McKinley High School and Northeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Administration in 1962. He was a 4-year letterman in football, an all-conference center his senior year, and a 1961 member of Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. He began his teaching career in 1962.
After 38 years of teaching English, Driver Education, and Physical Education, he retired from Jersey Community High School, Jerseyville, IL in 2000. After his family, his main love was instilling the joy of participating in high school team sports by coaching the hundreds of young men who were on his many football, baseball and wrestling teams.
After retirement, he spent his time compiling genealogy information to put together family ancestries for himself and for many of his friends and acquaintances. He also became a collector of over 250 glass, tin and iron penny still banks. He was always happy and proud to show off his collection to everyone.
VISITATION: Monday, April 19, 2021 at Michel Funeral Home 5930 Southwest Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63139 from 3-8 p.m.
SERVICES: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Michel Funeral Home.
Interment: Laurel Hill Cemetery.
ARRANGEMENTS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF MICHEL FUNERAL HOME.