Clayton E. Morningstar, Maple Lake

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Clayton E. Morningstar, age 88, of Maple Lake, died Friday, February 4, 2011, at the VA Medical Center, St. Cloud.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Maple Lake, with Rev. Peter J. Martinson officiating. The pallbearers were Duane, Chad, Travis and Alex Morningstar, Jeff, Kyle and Kris Jackson, Chad and Sheila Barsness, and Mike and Natalie Cox. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Annandale. Friends called from 4-8 p.m., Monday, at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake, and at the church one hour prior to services. There was a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Monday.
Clayton Elmer Morningstar was born August 24, 1922, in Illinois to Lewis and Fannie (Kauffman) Morningstar. He honorably served in the Army Air Force during WWII and following his plane being shot down and parachuting out, was held as a POW for some 14 months. Clayton participated in several Air Offensives: Europe, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Distinguished Unit Badge, Good Conduct Medal, and the European, African and Middle Eastern Service Medal. He married Marilyn Annette Vaughn on July 17, 1945, in Goshen, IN, and they lived at LaGrange, IN, prior to moving to rural Maple Lake in 1963. Clayton farmed and also worked construction. He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Maple Lake VFW Post 7664 and a charter member of American’s Ex-Prisoners of War. He enjoyed his family’s activities, fishing, hunting, reading, and sports.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn of Maple Lake; sons and their wives, Brent and Patricia of Maple Lake, Craig and Donna of Annandale, Randy and Darla of Annandale; sisters, Lela Miller of Elkhart, IN, Esther Oswald of Sarasota, FL; sister-in-law, Dorothy Morningstar of Goshen, IN; 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sons, Duane and Armin; sisters, Fern Hartzler, Mabel Sharick, and Flossie King; and brothers, William, Ora, Titus, Art, Jesse, Melvin, and Floyd.
The arrangements were entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care of Maple Lake. Obituary, Guestbook & Video Tribute online at dingmannfuneral.com
Clayton E. Morningstar, age 88, of Maple Lake, died Friday, February 4, 2011, at the VA Medical Center, St. Cloud.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Maple Lake, with Rev. Peter J. Martinson officiating. The pallbearers were Duane, Chad, Travis and Alex Morningstar, Jeff, Kyle and Kris Jackson, Chad and Sheila Barsness, and Mike and Natalie Cox. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Annandale. Friends called from 4-8 p.m., Monday, at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake, and at the church one hour prior to services. There was a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Monday.
Clayton Elmer Morningstar was born August 24, 1922, in Illinois to Lewis and Fannie (Kauffman) Morningstar. He honorably served in the Army Air Force during WWII and following his plane being shot down and parachuting out, was held as a POW for some 14 months. Clayton participated in several Air Offensives: Europe, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Distinguished Unit Badge, Good Conduct Medal, and the European, African and Middle Eastern Service Medal. He married Marilyn Annette Vaughn on July 17, 1945, in Goshen, IN, and they lived at LaGrange, IN, prior to moving to rural Maple Lake in 1963. Clayton farmed and also worked construction. He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Maple Lake VFW Post 7664 and a charter member of American’s Ex-Prisoners of War. He enjoyed his family’s activities, fishing, hunting, reading, and sports.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn of Maple Lake; sons and their wives, Brent and Patricia of Maple Lake, Craig and Donna of Annandale, Randy and Darla of Annandale; sisters, Lela Miller of Elkhart, IN, Esther Oswald of Sarasota, FL; sister-in-law, Dorothy Morningstar of Goshen, IN; 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sons, Duane and Armin; sisters, Fern Hartzler, Mabel Sharick, and Flossie King; and brothers, William, Ora, Titus, Art, Jesse, Melvin, and Floyd.
The arrangements were entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care of Maple Lake. Obituary, Guestbook & Video Tribute online at dingmannfuneral.com
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