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Richard H. Claypole

September 6, 1928 ~ February 20, 2014

Richard Henry Claypole was born September 6, 1928 in his family home near Drury and died on February 20, 2014 in this same home at the age of 85. Richard was the son of William Henry Claypole and Anna “Annie” Catherine Claypole. Richard was raised in Drury, Kansas on the family farm near the Chicaskia River and graduated Caldwell High School with the class of 1947. After high school, Richard continued living in Drury and became a very successful farmer in Sumner County. Richard was a lifelong bachelor, whose passions included coon hunting, fishing, trapping and coordinating regular fish fries for his friends.

He was a renowned breeder of Bluetick Coon hounds with his dogs capturing many local and regional awards. Richard remained active in Blueticks shows well into his 80’s and in fact was scheduled to go to one the weekend after his passing. He was a member and fourteen year director of the Bluetick Breeder’s and Coon Hunters Association. In 1985, Richard was a founding board member of Caldwell Area Sportsman’s Club, Inc. He was on the board of directors of the non-profit corporation for the next 29 years and the week of his death was busy helping plan the next annual banquet.

Predeceasing Richard were his parents, William Henry Claypole and Annie Claypole; Dorothy Claypole and Betty Claypole Kern; Virginia Stamm and Bill Reed. He is survived by; Jimmy Reed, Larry Reed, Tom Reed, Mary Lou Mort and Ruth Ann Mark, numerous other cousins and many friends.

Richard, we hope that where you are now the fish are always biting – the dogs always sound true and you always bring home best of show.

Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Caldwell.

Interment will be in the Goodel Cemetery, Drury, Kansas.

Memorials may be made in memory of Richard to the Caldwell Area Sportsman's Club.

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Bonnie Larchey

Family and Friends - 02/24/2014

So sorry for your loss.


Dennis Struble

Family and Friends - 02/24/2014

Had many great coon hunts and fishing excursions with Rich, and we always had a great time. He was the best friend a person could have, and would do anything for you. Sumner County has lost a great citizen and he will be greatly missed.

Rest in peace. Love ya' man!


Leah Price

Family and Friends - 02/27/2014

I'll Miss You Uncle Richard, We'll See You Again When The Time Comes.. I Love You.


Dale Segraves

Family and Friends - 03/01/2014

Richard was a fine friend and a good person, Quick to complement and slow to criticize, he was pleasant to be around. In my younger days, I went coon hunting frequently with Richard and my Dad, Jim Segraves. Richard was very enthusiastic about his hunting.

Rest in peace Richard.

Dale Segraves



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