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Clayton Earl Rivard, age 86 of Taylors Falls passed away peacefully at home on January 7, 2020.
Clayton is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary; son Clark (Annette) of Plymouth, MN; son Lee (Kathi ) of Minneapolis, MN; daughter Laurie Rivard (Tom Wright) of Minneapolis, MN; son Alan (Sharon) of Taylors Falls, MN; and daughter Suzanne Collins (Shawn) of Oakdale, MN; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren with a 15th on the way; four siblings: Douglas Rivard (Kathleen) of Spokane, WA; Raymond Rivard (Virginia) of Taylors Falls, MN; Keith Rivard (Kathy) of Loudon, TN; and Anne Dombrock (Edward) of Hudson, WI.
Clayton was born on February 26, 1933, in St Paul. He was the oldest child born to Earl and Alice Rivard. Clayton met Mary on the way to a fire in the fall of 1949. He graduated from Taylors Falls High School in 1951. Clayton and Mary married in October of 1952. Clayton attended Dunwoody Institute several times over many years, where he studied in the automotive and welding programs. Clayton had many hobbies and interests. He loved country music. Clayton enjoyed hunting and fishing. He served on the Taylors Falls Fire Department, including a stint as Fire Chief in 1961. He served on the Kahbakong Cemetery Board for many, many years.
During his later years, he pursued many other interests. For a short while he made homemade balloon wine. He cooked maple syrup and entered his syrup in State Fair contests. He became a Master Gardener through the University of Minnesota program. He was a collector of many things. He enjoyed woodworking, always finishing his projects in high gloss poly finish. Clayton also had a strong interest in history especially the history of Taylors Falls. His most favorite pastime was spending time with his family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at St Joseph Catholic Church in Taylors Falls. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Monday, at Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, WI, and continues one hour prior to Mass at the church. Memorials are preferred. Condolences may be expressed at www.grandstrandfh.com.
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