Clayton John ‘Clay’ Klotz Sr.


May 28, 1933 - Nov. 8, 2012


Clayton John “Clay” Klotz Sr. of Waukesha died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at the age of 79. He was born May 28, 1933, in Milwaukee, the son of Arthur and Alice (nee Jakubicz) Klotz.


Clayton proudly served in the U.S. Army. Clayton married the love of his life, Renee, on Feb. 27, 1954. He was a longtime member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Waukesha and served on the board as well as head of church properties. Clayton retired in 1991 from Allen-Bradley after 40 years of service as product designer. He will be remembered as enjoying woodworking, gardening, yard work, and spending time with family at the cottage in Lac du Flambeau.


Clayton will be deeply missed by his wife of 58 years, Renee; his sons, Mark (Debbie) Klotz, Clayton (Beth) Klotz Jr., Randall Klotz and Todd (Patti) Klotz; his grandchildren, Melanie (Jake) Ehlers, Stephan (Christine) Klotz, Stephanie Klotz, Jessica (Ryan) Racette, Audra Klotz, Clayton Klotz III, Jared Klotz, Cole Klotz, Curt Klotz, Christine Klotz, Alexa Ahler, Halley Ahler and Dustin Scott; great-grandchildren, Leah Klotz, Kendra Bartlein, Elise Racette, Raigan Klotz, Tyler Klotz and Aubrey Klotz; his brother, Donald (Judy) Klotz; sister, Jane (Lou) La Rocca; his cousin, David (Helen) Kanitz; daughter-in-law, Margie (Derrick) Ahler; as well as other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.


He was preceded in death by his son, Allen, as well as both of his parents.


Visitation for Clayton will be held from 3 p.m. to the 5 p.m. funeral service Sunday, Nov. 11, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1415 Dopp St., Waukesha, WI 53188. Burial will be private at Wisconsin Memorial Park.


Memorials are appreciated to Ascension Lutheran Church (address above) or the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin, 16655 W. Bluemound Road, Suite 240, Brookfield, WI 53005.


Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family.  For further information, please call 542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary or to leave a condolence, visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com.