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Visitation: 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, December 16th, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home
Funeral: 10 a.m. on Friday, December 17th, at the funeral home
Burial: Zif Cemetery south of Clay City in Wayne County
Claren Lee Hosselton, age 78, of Clay City, IL, passed away on Thursday, December 9th, 2021, at his farm in Clay City, IL.
Claren was the son of (Leon) Cletis Hosselton and Wilma Fern (Pierce) Hosselton born on January 9th, 1943, in Clay City, IL. He attended grade school at the Wells School on the Clay/Wayne County Line 2 miles east of Big Four Road. He graduated from Clay City High School where he held the hurdles record for numerous years. Claren attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science. He continued his education earning his master’s degree from the University of Illinois, with a specialty certificate in agriculture and education.
Claren became the agriculture teacher at Kinmundy High School in, Kinmundy, IL, (South Central High School) in 1967, later becoming the Superintendant. In 1977, Claren returned home to work on the family farm with his father and brother, Larry, and where he worked until the day he passed.
He married Mary June Garrison on March 17th, 1979, in Clay City and was married for 37 years until her passing in August of 2016. Claren was a devoted father and husband to his son, stepdaughter, stepson and wife. He was an amazing grandpa. He would drop whatever he was doing to play, spend time or help his grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren. He was also an impactful mentor and teacher to numerous people he met throughout his lifetime. Claren was an active participant to all he met. He enjoyed researching local and national news, sports, and tabloids to better engage in conversation with those he would be surrounded by.
Claren was a man of the community. He was a firing man for the Elm River Chowder for most of his life. He was the President of the board for the North Wayne Ambulance since 1988. He served as a Trustee on the Zif Township board in Wayne County, IL, from 1989 to 2021. While serving, he maintained and dug burial plots at the four cemeteries in Zif Township. He served on the board of directors for The Clay City Banking Company from 1989 to 2018. While on the board Claren and his brother took pride in building and decorating the bank floats for all local parades. He was a brother of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons Kinmundy Lodge #398.
Claren truly enjoyed farming, and instilling that same love into his son and grandchildren. He was actively engaged in raising cattle and in the last three years he has become an avid pony lover due to the apple of his eye, his granddaughter Sophia. Claren loved going to auctions and purchasing unique antique tractors. He had a passion for collecting HO trains and continued his wife’s love of collecting and showing Terri Lee dolls. He used his craftsmanship skills to help build numerous homes in the community, including his own.
Survivors include son, Lee Hosselton (wife Ashley) of Clay City; stepdaughter, Sherry Lence (husband Greg) of Anna, IL; stepdaughter-in-law, Cheryl Piontkowski (husband Gary) of Ft. Myers, FL; two grandchildren: Sophia and Clinton Hosselton of Clay City, IL; five step-grandchildren: Parker (Kane) Newton (wife Beth) of LeRoy, IL, Kenton “KC” Newton of Jonesboro, IL, Skyler and Dexter Peterson of Ft. Myers, FL, Dustin Peterson (wife Rene`e) of Avoca, NY; four step-great-grandchildren: Aaron Martell, Jessica Newton, Madaline and Arabella Peterson; one brother, Larry Hosselton (wife Kay) of Clay City, IL; two nieces: Teri Herman (husband Kim) of Olney, IL and Susan Chapman (husband Kevin) of Evansville, IN; a nephew: Gary Hosselton (wife Kristi) of Clay City, IL; great nieces and nephews, Matt (wife Julie) Herman, Allison Herman, Megan Chapman, Alex Chapman, Gavin Hosselton, Chad Hosselton, and Trent Hosselton; and many other relatives and many friends.
Preceding him in death was his wife; his parents; stepson, Richard Eugene “Rick” Peterson; and step-great-granddaughter, Madalyn “Maddi” Grace Taylor.
Funeral arrangements for Claren Hosselton are in the care of Frank & Bright Funeral Home, 500 N. Main St. (south of Route 50 and CVS) in Flora, IL. A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, December 16th, at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 17th, at the funeral home with burial following at Zif Cemetery south of Clay City in Wayne County.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Zif Cemetery Fund or the North Wayne Ambulance. These will be accepted at the funeral home during services or can be mailed to the Frank & Bright Funeral Home at 500 N. Main St., Flora, IL 62839.
Prayers for the whole family, he was a wonderful man and friend. May he rest in peace
So sorry for your loss. You will be missed.
So very sorry for your loss.
I’m so very sorry to hear of the loss of Claren. I always enjoyed talking with him and I know that he will be missed by everyone . I will be praying for strength for family to get through this🙏🙏
So sorry for your Loss Lee and Ashley and kids. One thing I remember about Claren is he always had a SMILE on his face. Such a tragedy for the family. Thinking of you all in the days ahead.
I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of Claren.I grew up on the Daily Farm and was always outside playing or bugging Cletis,Claren or Larry for a tractor ride or just talking they always made time to talk or give me a ride in their tractor. Claren always was happy and always had that big Ole smile on his face.I will truly miss just talking to him and his smile.Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the Hosselton family through this difficult time.
Words can’t express how sorry I am for Lee and his family and Larry and his family. Such a great loss for them all. He loved his family and love farming and loved helping his family and friends. He helped me so very much over the years. Thursday was a sad day for our family and community. God bless Lee and Ashley and their kids, Sherry and her family and Larry and his family Rip
So Sorry for ur Loss! Prayers for the Family!!
Claren was a great man. I loved talking with him and he will be missed by everyone in the Terri Lee community. So sorry for your loss Lee, he loved you and those grandchildren so much, that is all he talked about when I last spoke with him.
Lee , Ashley, Sophia and Clinton, My you find peace knowing that Claren is resting peacefully in Gods arm’s now 🙏🏻 Sending you my prayers and love 🌹
Lee, you and your family are in my thoughts. Your dad was an amazing man. Anybody who had the honor to know him, loved him. He will be greatly missed.
To the Family of Claren Lee Hosselton We wish to extend our condolences to the Family of Claren. Worked and visited with Claren and Mary for several years. Claren was a good friend and director in all the years that we knew him. May the God of All Peace be with all of you in your time of sorrows. Our prayers and thoughts go with all of you. Virgil & Rosalyn Uphold
Was always a joy to be in his class. Good instructor and even better person. Sorry for your loss. KAHS class of '74.
Prayers and sympathy to the Hosselton family. Claren always had a smile and we always enjoyed talking to him. He will be greatly missed in the community.
So sorry for your loss. Comforting prayers to you all.
Our sympathy to the family. Claren was a classmate (Class of 1960) and friend of mine. I so admired his kind and steady ways. Blessings to all his family.
Sorry for the families loss, he was a great teacher and mentor for students. KA CLASS OF 71
Our deepest sympathy to Larry an all his family 🙏🏻
Lee, Thank You so much for telling the Terri Lee community about the loss of your Father . I Loved Mary and Claren. Remember when you children came to our conventions. I was really impressed. Later totally surprised when I found out Claren shared the love of our Terri Lee dolls. I last saw him at a convention and expected to see him this year. We will miss his smile, his conversation, tales and help . I send sincere condolences to you and all the family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you .
Lee, Ashley and the Hosselton family: We are heartbroken for your great loss. We want you to know we thought the world of Claren. We enjoyed and respected the genuine love of family Claren so generously modeled throughout the years. We are sending our thoughts, prayers and love your way during this difficult time.
My condolences to the entire Hosselton Family. Claren was such a fine man and I’m sure will be missed by all who loved him. He was a good friend and neighbor when I lived in the area and was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. Heaven has surely welcomed home one of their own. Peace to the Hosselton Family.
Lee and Family, My Condolence for the Loss of your Father he was truly A Great Man, He will be greatly be missed by everyone, And anyone that ever talked to him or was around him for few minutes. Peace to all of Claren's Family.