Ray Clinton was born in Plain-ville, Ind., on Nov. 9, 1922 to Daniel Josephus and Lula Clinton.
After graduating from Plainville High School in 1940, he began working as a surveyor. During World War II, Clinton was commissioned first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corp and served with honor as a pilot in the Southwest Pacific theatre for the duration of the war.
Following WWII, Clinton moved to Sikeston and founded R. Clinton Construction Company. On Dec. 13, 1947 he married Dorothy Marshall. Clinton was a visionary and developer of many projects in and around Sikeston. Among these projects were Sikeston Airport, Triangle Industrial Plant, Scott County Milling Company, Malone and Hyde Warehouse, E.P. Coleman Power Plant, Missouri Delta Community Hospital, Sikeston High School, and Noranda Aluminum Plant.
Clinton has been active in promoting business and cultural opportunities, as well as a generous contributor to many organizations both locally and abroad. He has served as president of the Sikeston Industrial Commission and has been a member of the Sikeston Rotary Club, Shrine Mounted Horse Patrol, 32nd degree Mason, Elks Club, and SCC Men's Golf Association. He has served as president of the Chamber of Commerce and on the boards of directors of the Municipal Airport, Boy Scouts of America, and Missouri Delta Medical Center.
Clinton was named the "Man of the Year" by the Sikeston Chamber of Commerce in 1993.
Along with his wife Dorothy, Clinton was a longtime active member of the First Baptist Church in Sikeston. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, his daughter Carolyn Klein and husband Jim of Dallas, Texas; daughter Sheila Williams and husband Rick of Clinton, Mo.; son Chuck Clinton and wife Liza of Louisville, Ky.; and son Steve Clinton of Sikeston, Mo. He is also survived by sisters Joy Cunningham, Ruth Hanlon, and Dorothy Baldwin of Indiana; grandchildren Ray Bell, Joc Bell, Kelly Williams, Josh Clinton, Chris Clinton, Tiffany Clinton, Marshall Clinton, and Matthew Clinton; great-grandchildren Stella and Mamie Alston Bell; and many nieces and nephews. Four brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
Visitation was held at First Baptist Church in Sikeston on Tuesday, Aug. 23 from11 a.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. with Pastor David Ross officiating.
Graveside services will be conducted at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield with full military honors provided by the Missouri Funeral Honor Guard.
Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church of Sikeston, Mo., or a charity of the donor's choice.