Royce “Skip” Russell Clay of Rockford, Michigan, passed away on September 7, 2020 at the age of 78.
He was born on September 20, 1941 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Royce and Jacqueline Clay. The oldest of two sons, Skip attained tremendous success in academics, baseball and business. He graduated from East Grand Rapids High School and Central Michigan University with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. He played baseball for CMU as a catcher and he proudly served in The United States Army as an officer. These experiences influenced him to become a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather.
One of Skip’s favorite places to go with Sally was the island of Maui. They would spend the winter in Maui, work from the beach, play golf and act like locals. Skip and Sally were also married on the Kaanapali beach with Katie, Caroline, Shawn and Sherri in attendance.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Royce and Jaqueline Clay. Surviving are his wife, Sally Ann Clay; his children, Katie (Doug) Campbell, Caroline Kauffman; and Shawn (Sherri) Irwin; grandchildren, Lauren, Ava, Bailey, Aiden, Harrison, Morgan, Hannah, Elle and Drake; and brother, Scott Clay and his children, Nate and Cassie.
Skip’s wishes were to have a small family memorial service.