William 'Bill' Howard Claycomb

William ‘Bill’ Howard Claycomb

March 14, 1936-Feb. 18, 2022


William “Bill” Howard Claycomb, 85, of Zephyrhills, Florida, formerly of Ladoga, went to his heavenly home on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, at his residence.

He was born March 14, 1936, at Odell, to the late Virgil and Nellie (Stine) Claycomb. He married Clara Marie Johnson, the love of his life, on Sept. 4, 1954. She preceded him in death July 20, 2004. 

Bill started Bill’s Welding and Equipment Repair in Ladoga at the age of 20 years old. Over time, his business would be in four shop locations covering two states. Bill worked until his health no longer allowed at the age of 83. Throughout that time he consistently maintained the same business slogan, “We Fix Everything But The Crack Of Dawn.” It is then to be expected, he would be called to place a new weld on the gates to Heaven.

In his early years Bill enjoyed camping, fly fishing, square dancing, but most of all golf. Each morning at 5 a.m., he could be found at his favorite local restaurant gossiping with the locals and enjoying his favorite meal of the day — breakfast.

Bill is survived by brother James “Jim” (Betty) Claycomb and children Linda (Jesse) Webb, Larry Claycomb and Kimala (Valo) Sanchez; 11 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and brother Virgil A. “VA” Claycomb.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 at Servies & Morgan Funeral Home, 203 N. Washington St., Ladoga. Burial will follow in New Ross Cemetery. Friends may gather with the family for visitation at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until time of service Saturday.

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