Clayton J. Mosher, age 101, of St. Peter passed away on Friday, December 20, 2019. Services will be 11:00am Monday, December 23rd at the First Presbyterian Church, Kasota, with visitation beginning at 9:00am. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery in Mankato. Condolences can be left at www.saintpeterfuneralhome.com.
Clayton “Bud” was born in Mankato on September 26, 1918, to James and Florence (Miller) Mosher. He graduated from Mankato High School with the Class of 1936. He married Ethel M. Rosenbrook on March 12, 1950, in Mankato at the Centenary Methodist Church. He worked briefly as a boiler maker/welder for the Bechtel Marin Shipbuilding Company at Sausalito, California. He then took a job as a cook/baker for the Dowell Construction Company, White Horse, Yukon Territory, at Camp 11E, during the building of the Highway to Alaska. Upon returning to Mankato, he went to work at Continental Can Company and took early retirement after 32 years at the age of 57 from his final position of plant accountant-controller of the Mankato complex. He lived all these years on his “Ranch” on Chankaska Creek near Kasota, finally selling the property for the establishment of the Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery. During his retirement years, he and Ethel traveled throughout most of the United States and also took a trip to Sweden to visit Ethel’s mother’s birthplace. Always of an adventurous nature, he recalled his unplanned ride down the LeSueur River at flood stage on a cake of ice for several miles and only avoided an early demise at the age of 17 when his “nature’s raft” passed under a tree hanging over the river and he managed to clamber onto it to get to the riverbank. Ah, but those were the years!
Clayton is survived by his children, Mary Ellen (Karel) Hoogenraad of Hopkins, Susan Honetschlager (Dan) of St. Peter, James (Rene) Mosher of St. Peter, and Annette (Herb) Nichols of Golden Valley, and son-in-law Les Lotton. His daughter Laurie died in an accident at the age of 51. He is also survived by grandchildren Troy Hoogenraad, Adam Boyer, Aaron Hoogenraad, Cheston Lotton, Kyli Wilde, Chad Honetschlager, Marit Westrich, Blake Honetschlager, Kara Lehman, Clayton Mosher, Lindsey Mosher, Reid Nichols, Ross Nichols, and Ryne Nichols; and great-grandchildren Blake Boyer, Mackenzie Hoogenraad, Maranda Hoogenraad, Madelyn Hoogenraad, Lexi Lotton, Nevaeh Lotton, Neila Wilde, Mankin Wilde, Elyse Wilde, Braxton Honetschlager, Madison Honetschlager, Harper Honetschlager, Emily Westrich, Klara Westrich, Anika Westrich, Colton Honetschlager, Brienne Honetschlager, Kyla Honetschlager, Kadan Lehman, and Ryder Lehman. Clayton was preceded in death by his wife Ethel in 2007, daughter Laurie Lotton, grandson Justin Hoogenraad, and sisters Evelyn Quincy and Helen Erickson.