Clayton C. Husted, 81, a resident of West Decatur, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 at his residence. Born March 19, 1934, he was the son of the late Chester and Leona (Dickson) Husted.
Mr. Husted was a 1952 graduate of Philipsburg-Osceola High School. He served in the U.S. Army in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions.
He was also an instructor at the Army Airborne School. He was a mechanic at Penelec and retired in 1993 after 25 years of service.
Mr. Husted was of the Protestant faith.
He was a member of the Philipsburg BPO Elk Lodge 1173, Philipsburg AMVETS Post 159, Philipsburg American Legion John Ashley Dennis Jr. Post 437, NASCAR, DORA, USAC, NRA and the Sierra Club.
He was one of the founding members of the U.S. Parachute Club of America.
Mr. Husted was an active participant in auto racing for 45-plus years, which included racing sprint cars, late models and modified, on both dirt and asphalt tracks, including Daytona International Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Syracuse Mile Dirt Track, Pocono Raceway and most recently, Clearfield Raceway and Jennerstown Speedway.
He won races numerous times, including the Yankee Doodle Fourth of July race at Clearfield, the Hillbilly 100 in West Virginia and the Laurel Highlands 101 in Jennerstown.
On May 3, 2003, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. In addition to racing, he enjoyed hunting, motorcycling, snowmobiling, taking care of his pets and spending time with his family and friends.
On Nov. 2, 1968 in Hawk Run, he married the former Nancy Jane Radomski, who survives at home.
He is also survived by a son, Daniel C. Husted and his wife, Courtney L. of Lemoyne; a grandson, Alexander Daniel; two brothers, Nelson Husted and Spencer Husted and his wife, Bonita, both of West Decatur; and two sisters, Dorcas Husted of Las Vegas, Nev., and Winona Eckley of Tyrone.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Brinton Dickson.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the David K. Dahlgren Funeral Home, with Pastor Tina Hawkins officiating.
Friends will be received from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Full military honors will be conducted by the Moshannon Valley Independent Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Clearfield County SPCA, 275 21st St., Clearfield, PA 16830 or to the Orphans of the Storm, 412 Hill St., Curwensville, PA 16833.
Online condolences to the family may be made at www.dahlgrenfuneralhome.com.