Clayton Dean Patterson-Schauf was born in Wellington, Kansas to Brian Schauf and Rebekah Patterson on Friday, March 15, 2002. Clayton attended Clearwater schools from Kindergarten through high school and graduated in
2020. Clayton went to work at the El Dorado Correctional Facility as a Correction Officer before becoming employed at Charles Engineering in
Clayton is preceded in death by grandfather David Schauf.
Clayton is survived by his parents Rebekah Rickstrew & Melissa Vo of Caldwell, Brian & Meredith Schauf of Clearwater, sister Valerie Hancock (Geofrey Tholstrup) of Wichita, brothers Cody Hancock (Brenna Haring),
Colton (Grace) Hancock, all of El Dorado, sister Hannah Schauf of Clearwater/Caldwell, brothers Austin Schauf, Brandon Schauf, Kieran (Madelyn) Brandl all of Wichita, “foreign sister” Jolien Lucas of Utrecht, Netherlands, maternal grandparents Jim & Jeanie Patterson, Viola, paternal grandmother Connie Schauf of Clearwater, Bruce & Tricia Lavery of Wichita. Uncle Jimmy (Karay) Patterson (Aiden & Asher) of Oranogo, MO, aunt Angela Schauf (Shelby & Noah) of Goodyear, AZ, Desiree (David) Liles (Danika & Dawson) of Goddard, uncle Scott Lavery (Hannah, Stella, Zach) of Lees Summit, MO and many numerous relatives and friends, too numerous to mention.
Clayton was loved by so many people. He would make friends with everyone he
came in contact with. Clayton had honorary parents Jennifer Ritter of Clearwater and Shawn & Melissa Hancock of Augusta and honorary Grandparents Lou & Valerie St Clair of Wichita.
God has gained an amazing angel. Our son, brother, grandson, best friend was taken from us all way too soon. Clayton was an amazing young man with only the best intentions. Clay always made sure that his family was taken care of before himself, his biggest prize possession was family. Knowing we will never be able to see that smile, hear his voice, or even give him a hug again is heartwrenching. Clayton was one of a kind and you will never
be able to find anyone else with a heart of gold like his. Clayton never knew a stranger and would talk to everyone he met. Clayton was an idol to many. Clayton was so excited to be an uncle to Colton and Grace’s baby. It hurts us all to know the baby will never get the chance to meet and play with uncle Clayton. Clayton’s friends aka the Shrimp Gang, were more than just friends, they were brothers.
Clayton was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in the 4th grade. He never allowed that to slow him down. Clayton attended Camp Discovery every year, and as soon as he was old enough he became a camp counselor in training. Clayton did not ever want another child to feel alone with T1D. Many fellow campers and counselors always said “he was the life of the party.”
We are not saying goodbye, we will all be together again. The next time we are all together, we won't be leaving each other's side. “Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.”
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 30, 2021 at the Viola Baptist Church in Viola, Kansas.
Memorials may be made to Great Plains Diabetes for Camp Live Well and sent in care of the mortuary.