January 21, 1909 - October 21, 2013

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CLAYTON, KENNETH RANDALL, formerly of Bennington, died October 21, at his home, an apartment adjoining the home of his daughter and son-in-law in East Montpelier. Ken was pleased to have lived nearly 105 years, and he had remained active and independent until his last few months. He took daily walks, helped with yard work and spent many hours putting together jigsaw puzzles. He was a Red Sox fan and wouldn’t miss a televised game if he could help it. Born in South Londonderry, Jan. 21, 1909, he was the son of Osro R. and Helen (Lawrence) Clayton. The family moved to Bennington in the fall of 1918. Ken graduated from Bennington High School in 1926 and was employed by County National Bank in September of 1926. He married Nancy Sibley on Aug. 15, 1931. They continued to live in Bennington until they moved to East Montpelier in 2002. Ken worked in various positions at County National Bank and was appointed president in 1955. He received a degree from the American Bankers’ Association Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University in 1953. He was active in the Vermont Bankers’ Association and was president of that organization in 1961. He retired from the bank in February of 1973. Ken was also active in civic affairs and held elective positions in Bennington village and school district. He was predeceased by his wife of 73 years in 2004 and his brother and sister. Ken is survived by his son, K. Putnam Clayton, and his wife, Susan, and his daughter, Barbara Ploof, and her husband, Allen, all of East Montpelier; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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