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Clayton Lee Nichalson

Clayton Lee Nichalson, 81, of New Whiteland, passed away Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin.

He was born June 13, 1931, in Seymour, to Roy and Hazel (Foist) Nichalson. He married Evelyn J. Johnson on Jan. 2, 1955, in Seymour, and she survives.

Clayton had been a professional printer and supervisor for the Indiana Freemason Print Shop located on the grounds of the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin for 40 years. He was a member of Jubilee Masonic Lodge No. 746 in Whiteland where he had served as past master and served faithfully over a decade as secretary. He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge and received the Award of Gold. He was also a member of the Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite and received the Meritorious Service Award and the award of the Council of Deliberation.

A member of the York Rite Royal Arch Mason, Commandry, and Knights Templer, he was also a member of Marvin L. Isley York Rite College No. 129 in Fairland. He was 18 when he joined the DeMolay and in later years received the DeMolay Legion of Honor. He was a member of the Murat Shrine in Indianapolis and Johnson County Shrine Club, where he and his wife were members of the Hillbillies Club.

Clayton was a United States Air Force Veteran of the Korean War, having served two of his four years of service in Japan. He developed highly classified photos of aerial reconnaissance missions during his time in the Korean Theater. He was a member of the Greenwood American Legion Post No. 252 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7978 in Whiteland. He was an avid Colts fan and enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, working in his garage and tinkering on various projects and was skillful in working with his hands.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Survivors include his wife Evelyn; sons, Terry L. (Vina) and Randy J. (Debbie) Nichalson, both of Bargersville, Tim A. Nichalson of New Whiteland; daughter, Melanie A. Gallagher (Patrick) of Indianapolis; brother, Elmer Nichalson (Carol) of Seymour; three grandchildren, Lindsey Nichalson of Beech Grove, Bobbi McMasters (Daniel) of Greenwood and Alex Clayton Nichalson of Bargersville; two great-grandchildren, Evelyn Rose and Kennedy Jean McMasters.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Earl, Beverley, Leslie and Roland Nichalson; sister, Gertrude Stivers; and great-grandchild, Jonathan David McMasters.

Members of the Jubilee Masonic Lodge will conduct a Masonic Service at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 S. U.S. 31 (Morton Street) in Franklin with a service immediately following by the Rev. Walter Howard. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary. Entombment will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood with full military honors.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, office of development, 2900 Rocky Pointe Drive, Tampa, Fla. 33607.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.

Information: 317-738-0202.

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