Clayton T. Rickens

Clayton T. Rickens, 85, Cresson, died Thursday at home surrounded by family.

He was born in Cresson, son of the late Elmer and Ida (Gallagher) Rickens. He married Doris J. Campagna on Jan. 10, 1952, at the Cathedral of the Assumption, B.V.M., in Aberdeen, Md., and she preceded him in death on April 20, 2011.

Surviving are four daughters: Denise O’Donnell and husband, Randy, of Cresson, Yvonne Gentry and husband, John, of Hollidaysburg, Lynn Hoover and husband, Dave, of Revloc and Kim Auker and husband, Jeff, of Altoona; a son, Chris and wife, Karen (Boslet), of Altoona; 12 grandchildren: Kelly (Jim) Janosik, Kraig (Shannon McCloskey) O’Donnell, Kory O’Donnell, Heather Gentry, Niccole (JP) Stultz, Shannon (Mark) McDonnell, Kearstin Hoover, Natale Hoover and fiance, Dustin Link, Jocelyn (Victor) Kimmel, Erica (Charlie) Burger, Damon Rickens and Shaelyn Rickens; and 16 great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by a brother, George; two sisters: Dolly Carruthers and Alma Hilton; and four sisters-in-law: Donna, Shirley, Jan and Mary Ann Rickens.

He was preceded in death by an infant grandson, David Hoover Jr.; an infant great-granddaughter, Ayla Rose Kimmel; four brothers: Harry O’Connor and Elmer “Duck,” Ronald and Wayne Rickens; and a sister, Christina Cowan.

Clayton was a 1947 graduate of Cresson Joint High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, where he received a Korean Service Medal with three bronze stars and an honorable discharge in 1952. He was employed as a laborer in the blast furnace at Bethlehem Steel in Johnstown and retired in 1981.

He was a lifetime member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Cresson and also belonged to the Cresson American Legion, Lilly Sokols, Ebensburg Moose and Sankertown VFW.

Clayton loved spending time with his family on Sundays and holidays. He was an avid golfer and avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan, and he really enjoyed watching sports of all kinds. He coached Little League baseball in Sankertown for more than 30 years and ran the clock for Penn Cambria football for many years.

He will be deeply missed by all who knew him but especially by his family.

Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. today and 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 2, 2013, at Gibbons Funeral Home, 301 Church St., Gallitzin. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, June 3, 2013, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 211 Powell Ave., Cresson, Father Leo F. Arnone as celebrant. Committal will be in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by Sankertown VFW, Cresson American Legion and other local military organizations.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Altoona Regional Health System Foundation for Life, Fifth Floor Tower, 620 Howard Ave., Altoona, PA 16601, or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.