Clayton W. Nelson, Pierre, passed away peacefully on August 6, 2011, after a long, courageous battle with leukemia, at the age of 86.
He was born December 26, 1924, on his grandfather's ranch near Midland, S.D., in a partial log house. Clayton was the son of Oliver and Edrie (Faubel) Nelson.
He attended Pleasant View #63 until he completed the eighth grade, and then went on to Midland High School where he graduated in 1943.
Clayton was drafted into the U.S. Navy on October 23, 1943, in Philip.