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Clayton Jay Mudge

December 21, 1976 ~ February 18, 2019 (age 42)
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Clayton Mudge, age 42 of Des Moines (formerly of Norwalk), passed away on February 18, 2019.

A Celebration of Life Service will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 24th at O’Leary Funeral Services in Norwalk. A visitation and reception with Clayton’s family will immediately follow until 5 p.m.

Memorials can be made to Clayton’s parents to be designated at a later time.

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Clayton’s Life Story

Clayton was born on December 21, 1976 in Des Moines to Dennis and Elaine Mudge. He grew up in Norwalk and graduated from Norwalk High School in 1995.  Clayton worked for Terra Corporation, as a supervisor for a soil erosion company, working with windmill farms in Iowa and Southern Minnesota.

Clayton’s world was his son Owen, he loved taking him fishing and exploring new things. He loved teaching him the ways of life. In his free time, Clayton enjoyed biking, kayaking, watching the Chicago Bears, and “old-fashioned” camping, with a tent and man-made bonfire. Clayton had an exceptional talent when it came to whipping things up in the kitchen. He was able to make nothing into something, and even took it upon himself to 'caramelize' a meal at home with a blow torch. Cooking was something he was passionate about and it truly showed.

He knew no stranger and was friends with all. Clayton belonged to the Saylorville Church in Des Moines, where he was studying the word of God. He was a baptized Christian.

On Monday, February 18th our son of 42 years passed away. With saddened hearts and much grief, we will miss him, and he will be forever in our hearts. He was a good man with a big heart. A loving son, brother, father, uncle, and brother-in-law. He will be forever missed.

Those left to cherish his memory are his son, Owen; his parents, Dennis and Elaine; sister, Cassandra (Mike) Ackerson and their children, Autumn and Phoenix; grandmother, Kathleen Mudge; and a host of loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Clayton will join, in heaven, his grandparents, Bill and Cathy Mataya; grandfather, Richard Mudge; and many great aunts and uncles.

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