Clayton J. Quinnell, Sr., 56, of Havre, a Vietnam War Veteran, passed away Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007, at Benefis Hospital in Great Falls from complications of injuries received in a motorcycle accident earlier this year.
Graveside services with military honors are scheduled for 2 p. m. today at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery in Fort Harrison. A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m. Friday at the Fifth Avenue Christian Church in Havre with a reception to follow at the church. Clayton was born in Tempe, Ariz. On April 28, 1951, to Lars Quinnell and Mary (Sarich) Quinnell. He attended Coronado High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., until he entered the United States Navy in 1969 and served until his honorable discharge in 1983. Clayton married Karen Colwell in June 1973 and out of this union had three children, Carmen, Kendall and Clayton, Jr. Clayton was a very likable person who enjoyed history, camping, firearms, mechanics, and especially his friends and family. Clayton is preceded in death by his parents, Lars and Mary Quinnell; brothers, Noral “Bud” and Stephen Quinnell; and a sister, Beverly Sarich. Clayton is survived by his three children, Carmen (Michael) Baker of Harlem, Kendall Quinnell of Shelby and Clayton (Jamie) Quinnell Jr. Of Havre; brothers, Anthony Quinnell of Kalispell and Lloyd (Sharon) Quinnell of Savage; sisters, Brenda Wilson of Havre and Donna (Thomas) Kellogg of Watford City, N.D.; and six grandchildren. Arrangements are under the care of Retz Funeral Home in Helena.